Who is Madame Mazuni? Her work is very psychedelic and would appeal to hippies young and old

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I recently came across the website of Madame Mazuni and because I was so impressed with what I found there I thought an interview with its owner for HubPages would make an interesting hub. It's all very colourful and I love colour! She is clearly influenced by the 1960s and psychedelia. There are bags, belts, tie dye stuff, ear-rings and jewellery. There's a strong American Indian influence too.

So is Madame Mazuni a boutique of sorts or an online and offline jewellery and handicrafts shop? What exactly is Madame Mazuni all about then? I thought the owner would be the best person to ask!

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Please introduce yourself to my readers and say a bit about Madame Mazuni designs and merchandise.

In the Summer of 2009 I decided to set up a business called Madame Mazuni. I design and create the following:

Handmade Jewellery

Tie Dye Eco Cotton Bags

Tie Dye Pixie Pants (Hot Pants)

Tie Dye Artwork - Wallhangings

Handmade driftwood Healing Wands

I have always loved jewellery and have been interested in the Native Americans most of my life so this combination inspired me to design and create my own jewellery using similar techniques.

Years ago I had a past life reading done and I was told that I was part of the Sioux Indian Tribe and that I should research this and the medicine wheel. This was the start of my journey learning about Native Americans and their beliefs.

Since then I have read many books on this subject. I'd like to mention books by Kenneth Meadows which I particulaly enjoyed, Earth Medicine and Earth Quest the Medicine Way. And Zuni Fetishes by Hal Zina Bennett

One aspect which had particually inspired me was that of the Zuni people in New Mexico, Arizona.

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Within my own jewellery creations I too enhance the power of the Ancient Traditions, Wisdom, Protection, Guidance & Healing Powers in each piece I create.

Alongside my jewellery I create Tie Dye products which are all completely unique and original. Each fabric design is completely unique with no design the same! How could they be??

It's very exciting for me, I love the process of tie dying as I never know what patterns I have created until I untie once done! Once the fabric is dry I then use paints to work around the patterns.

I always use bright and vibrant colours which lift you up into another happy dimension when you look at them!

Beautiful vibrant works of Art! I usually use Dylon but when in season I do try to use all natural dyes: for instance Berries for red and purple.

I also make healing wands & other sculptures using found driftwood and broken tree branches. I love finding unusual stones, wood, pebbles & shells. My home is full of them.

Madame Mazuni was created to bring Vibrancy, Colour, Magic, Love and Fun into peoples lifes.

I do believe the world we live in is Dull and Grey - I personally want to throw a huge rainbow over everyone!

Influences: I've been influenced throughout my life by various different things, it keeps changing all the time so it's a tough one but I can give you a snapshot of what and who has influenced me:
Native Americans, Zuni Tribe, Carlos Castenada, Timothy Leary, The Summer of Love, The Acid House Era, My Grandma who was an artist and my Dad who was so into Nature and the Environment, my mother because she has been the best mother, and Sam and Daisy for bringing out the creativity in me. Discovering and living in Ibiza in the early nineties was a huge influence to me... Reading Carlos Castenada's books too.

Hobbies: Photography, Walking, Making Jewellery, Art, Travelling, Growing plants & flowers.

Music: I love all kinds of music from Electro Swing, Punk, Reggae, Folk, Rock, Acid House....Weird Sleeping Kittens. At the moment I'm listening to Jollie Holland if that helps!

The Twenties & Thirties: Swing Era: Count Basie, Duke Ellington and the Big Band

The Sixties & Seventies: The Summer of Love, Andy Wahol, Velvet Underground...

The eighties: Anarchy, Punk Era, Hip Hop, Breakdance, Chicago House Music Scene, Acid House Era...

My favourite acts: Grace Jones, Seeing her live was amazing... she is such a fantastic entertainer.

Anything else you'd like to add?

I am currently looking for a dressmaker who could help me with some of my designs.

© 2011 Steve Andrews

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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

Thank you Bard, I enjoy learning about different people, places and culture. I may even have to pick up one of those shirts for a gift.

Thanks again!

- Harlan

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Harlan! I am hoping to be able to add the Madame Mazuni main site link asap but at the moment there is an unexplained problem! Big SHOUT OUT to new HP staff member here, ezhang, who is looking into it!

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Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

Interesting. Love how colorful her creations are. I wonder if her Native Indians designs and interests were influenced before or after her reading of her past life.

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for posting, Lynn!

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madame mazuni 5 years ago

Thanks Bard of Ely..... I love it!

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I am happy to help! I am glad you are pleased and to see you on here too!

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

I am not a big fan of jewellery but I found this interview interesting. It is actually a very good idea and I can see how many people would be interested in purchasing her products. I love the idea of her being a Sioux Indian in her last life. How else could she know these skills? Thank you.

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Beautiful Bard! Thank you!

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for your great comments, Spirit Whisperer and Micky!

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Jalus 5 years ago

My sister lives in tie dye clothes and always brightens up my day when she stops by. I'll send this to her. Thanks

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I am glad to hear it, Jalus! Thank you for posting and sharing this!

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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

As one of the Woodstock Generation, I am drawn to tie die like a bee to honey...and the tie die is easier to take off at the end of the day!

Thanks for sharing this new source with those of us who know a good thing when we see it...pulsating and undulating and leaving trails...


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Christopher!

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danise88 5 years ago

It is so nice to see people who are well driven with their passion and we could definitely learn from them as they are one of the hardest workers you’ll ever met.

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Danise88!

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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

Her creations are awesome. Thanks for sharing, Bard of Ely. :D

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for posting!

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Tolovaj 3 years ago

Very colorful indeed! I like the fact her creations act so lively but still not aggressively. Thanks for this colorful presentation of Madame Mizuni, and nice to see your work again!

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Bard of Ely 3 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Tolovaj! I am glad you appreciate her work!

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Kailua-KonaGirl 24 months ago from New York

Her influences really took me back. Thanks for the introduction to her work.

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Bard of Ely 24 months ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I am glad you liked this hub! Thanks for commenting!

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Bard of Ely 24 months ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I am very glad you liked her work and this hub! Thank you!

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madame mazuni 10 months ago

Hey Steve....I'm so happy you did this for me.....so much has changed with my art and designs....I am preparing to make nettle yarn from nettles in my gardens....Interesting process of drying out the stalks and weaving......using the leaves for tea of salads.....I'm so looking forward to this.....I will also be using natural berries as dyes for the fabric yarn.....It's been a long road....and I'm at a place which makes sense to stop and pursue this dream....natural clothing....locally grown....wildlife happy....skins happy...might be coming to Portugal this year......would be good to catch up....much love....

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Bard of Ely 10 months ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

It all sounds like very positive and exciting projects you are engaged in so thanks for sharing your news!

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