Until then, stay awesome!
How is the being? Hope you're having a lovely week!
So there're a few things on the plate, shall we get to them... :)
My one and only summer event this year will be this Saturday and Sunday at FAD Market, in Brooklyn! This is a really wonderful market for those of you who are into beautifully curated flea markets; and enjoy finding that special item that you will be able to wear again and again over the years in joy; so stop by to check out the market. Here're the deets:
Dates: Saturday July 29th + Sunday July 30th
Location: The Invisible Dog
51 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Train: The F & G to Bergen St Station
Seeeeee you there! ^_^
Also, a fresh new batch of the Kita Fabric Brooch/Hair Clip/Collar Brooch is now in stock!
Check them out now
And finally, please be reminded that Mawusi will be on break
from August 6th to September 5th.
As always, thank you for your time and support
and I hope to seeing YOU this weekend in Brooklyn!
Oi there! How's the being?
I hope your summer is going enchantingly!
So it's time I take a little break to rest, process the first part of the year, and prepare for the latter part of it. So I'm going on vacation from August 6th - September 5th. And all orders placed after July 23rd will be processed after September 5th. I apologize for any inconvenience and hope you will be understanding.
Well, guess what?! If you didn't know already, there is a new batch of Happy Koryo Fabric bracelets in the shop! But it has become necessary to increase the price of the Fabric Koryo bracelet, and they have gone up from $20 but remains affordable at $24. However, the prices of the Happy Koryo yarn bracelets have gone down: The original is now $12 (from $14), and the slender is now $10 (from $12)!
Also I have unfortunately run out of three of my most popular and favorite prints (can't find them anywhere!): the Orange Bird (B), Sunshine Blues (C), and Brown Polka (G) and there are only one each available in the new batch of Happy Koryo bracelets. So if they speak your language, I suggest adopting them sooner than later.
That's it for this week.
Thanks for your time and support and I look forward to making for you soon!
How's the being?! It's been a bit, yes? Hope things are WONDERFUL at your end.
So I have some updates for you, like the newly redesigned Mataheko Bucket Bag! Let's talk about it:
Yes, the Mataheko Bucket Bag is now more fun and functional than ever! Remember the old one? Here's a photo below to refresh your memory...
So you see although the old one was descent, the new one has got more going for it, and the best part is the price remains the same!
Here's what is new about the Mataheko Bucket Bag:
1. Sturdier cotton yarn that ages beautifully
2. Three inches bigger in circumference
3. More comfortable & functional adjustable shoulder strap
4. Beautifully crocheted gathering string tipped with printed puffs
5. Available in three delicious colors
6. An original and playful design
Right, I will leave you to check out the new Matahako Bucket Bag. Please shoot me a message if you have a question or need some assistance.
Thanks for your time & support! I appreciate it.
Looking forward to crocheting your Mataheko Bucket Bag soon...^_^
How's the being? Very good I hope!
Mawusi SS17 is here! Seen it yet? If not, check it out, I've a link at the bottom of this entry to get you to it. And for today's journal entry I'm sharing with you a little on its behind scenes: inspiration, and events that came together to form Mawusi SS17: Koryö.
The collection is dedicated and named after my dear grandmother who passed away late last year, and for whose funeral I travelled home to Ghana earlier this year. Koryö means air and it lends to the abstract theme of the collection which is relearning the definition of life. I'm using the colors yellow (my favorite color!) and blue to represent sun (energy) and water (nourishment). And what I present here as SS17 is actually the second attempt of this collection. I gave up the first when it failed to impress and especially after I begun to be haunted by the ideas which have taken the forms of the pieces in the collection you now see. Maybe I ought to have waited until next year, and just gone with the unsatisfactory first attempt, but I know I don't know how next year will find me. Because all I've is the now I prefer to do the most beautiful I can with it.
Part of the reason I redesigned Mawusi SS17 is because the first pattern didn't drape the way I hoped it would. The above is the pattern I redesigned for the second attempt. Which I'm very very very happy with. In fact, it is my favorite part of Mawusi SS17. I'm happy at how well it worked in all the pieces it was made with. Its lacy construction, open character, and playfulness (although the pattern is of triangles, the spaces between make it appear heart-shaped! An accidental and exciting plus!) make it excellent for the seasons of spring and summer.
On the materials that went into making Mawusi SS17, a significant amount came with me from Ghana. All the beads I use in this collection are either Krobo beads or glass beads handmade in Ghana. The beautiful organic cotton fiber which I use for the tassels are also from Ghana. I now wish I bought more because I can't find anymore. But when I bought it I didn't know what I'd be using it for. This means everything that have been made with this fiber is limited edition.
Another set of new materials that I've introduced to Mawusi are genuine freshwater stick pearls, and 14k gold findings. These are used in making the Aslasla earrings (see image below). According to my research, 14k gold and up is nickel-free and safest for those who suffer nickel allergies.
I knew from the onset that Mawusi SS17 would be utilizing beads. Something I'd been wanting to try for some time but didn't know how to go about. But after Nana passed on––she who taught me to love beads––I found the motivation to work with the material. Upon making the decision to work with the material, everything seemed eager to help me do just that. And in Ghana, I stumbled upon a rich source of inspiration in the form of the Indian TV series, Jodha Akbar. When I found the series again on YouTube upon my return to NY, it became a great source of entertainment which served as distraction from the discomforts that long hours of crocheting Mawusi SS17 generated.
Shooting SS17 was a work of faith. I shoot indoors and depend entirely on natural light. So cloudy days make things quite challenging. The days leading to the deadline for the collection were however a series of cloudy and rainy days. I had to work with what I had. This means the only way I could shoot was in RAW, and at very slow shutter speed; meaning that any little movement blurred the image. The photos for the collection could have therefore been really beautiful, shot in a better lighting, but though far from perfect, I am quite happy with how they came out; seeing as they were shot in very poor light and had to be heavily corrected in photoshop. I tried to keep the colors as truthful as possible but please do expect some slight variations.
I'll end the entry by sharing with you a little on the epitaph to the collection, lines from the Bhagavad Gita. When I travelled to Ghana, I brought with me an anthology of world literature to read. In Ghana, I bought a postcard for a friend but when I couldn't mail it because I didn't have their address I slipped it between the pages of the anthology to protect it. When I came back to NY and was working on Mawusi SS17, an epiphany suggested that I listened to some educational podcasts while I worked. I found some recommendations through an art newsletter I subscribe to and started listening to the recordings of one podcast by the BBC, In Our Time. One of the segments discussed the Bhagavad Gita and as I enjoyed it, I made a note to read the poem when the collection was completed. Upon completing the collection, the idea to find a suitable poem as summary/epitaph for the collection presented itself. When I opened my anthology to look for something fitting I found the postcard I had gotten in Ghana, nestled between pages of the Bhagavad Gita. So I read the poem and found the following lines to be exactly what––I didn't know––I had been looking for:
From The Bhagavad-Gita (The Second Teaching)
Nothing of nonbeing comes to be,
nor does being cease to exist;
The boundary between these two
is seen by men who see reality.
Indestructible is the presence
that pervades all this;
no one can destroy
this unchanging reality.
Our bodies are known to end,
but the embodied self is enduring,
indestructible, and and immeasurable;
therefore, Arjuna, fight the battle!
How's the being? Excited about Mawusi SS17? I hope so because I remain very eager to share the new work with you. As we speak I am editing the photos for the look-book! So do stop by this Sunday, June 4th to see the finished work.
Thanks for your time & support!
& now happy shopping Mawusi
Oi there! ^_^
How's the being?
I know the crickets have been really loud in my spaces lately but that's because I have been working very hard to finish Mawusi SS17. The good news is it is now completed and I am very eager to share the work with you here on SUNDAY JUNE 4th 2017!!
Doing good? All loveliness at your end I hope!
Yes Mother's Day is up the corner and we're all thinking of what to do for these lovely women we love...
You do know that Mawusi is my Mother's name right? And that Mawusi is only possible because I live at home with my AWESOME Mother!
Soooo I made a little list of SEVEN great pieces that your Mom, or the others you adore, might love as a gift from you. Let's get to it:
1. The Happy Koryo Multifunctional Necklace
+ Hand knotted & braided with high quality African wax print
+ Adjusts beautifully into a necklace, headband, & belt
+ Can be dressed up or down. Worn long or short
+ Perfect for the busy Mom who loves to be prepared
+ Available in three print
+ Ready to ship
+ Qualifies for FREE SHIPPING
+ Affordably priced at $86
Shop the Happy Koryo Necklace Here
2. The Maafio Shawl
+ Hand-knitted with super soft silky cotton yarn
+ Perfect for chilly days in spring, summer, & autumn
+ Looks great and feels great on
+ Great for the stylish Mom who loves a mix of the old & new
+ Available in three colors (1 puce is ready to ship)
+ Qualifies for FREE SHIPPING
+ Affordably priced at $110
Shop the Maafio Shawl/Scarf Here
3. The Mateko Beaded Cocktail Hat
+ No two alike, one of a kind vintage/Geisha inspired wearable art
+ Perfect for the fashionable Mom with great taste for art
+ Made with high quality African wax prints and Ghanaian beads
+ Made to be worn year to year to special occasions and events
+ Available in 5 styles
+ Ready to ship
+ Qualifies for FREE SHIPPING
+ Affordably priced at $125
Shop the Mateko Beaded Cocktail Hat Here
4. The Happy Koryo Adjustable Bracelet
+ These are my bestselling accessories
+ Perfect for the Mom with awesome imagination
+ Hand braided and knotted to fit all wrists
+ Made as a symbol for lightness & taking life easy
+ Perfect for everyday wear
+ Batch almost sold out
+ Very affordably priced at $20
Shop the Happy Koryo Bracelet Here
5. The Asimasi Collar Brooch/Hair Clip
+ Hand-sewn one-of-akind high quality African wax print multifunctional accessory
+ Perfect for stylish working Moms
+ Great for office wear clipped in a collared shirt
+ & Wear it in your hair, after work, for cocktails with friends
+ Two choices available
+ Ready to Ship
+ Affordably priced at $60
Shop the Asimasi Collar Brooch/Hair Clip here
6. The Odumase Granny Square Afghan
+ Hand crocheted with 100% wool that ages beautifully
+ Perfect for the relaxed/playful Mom
+ A perfect adult blanket for the child in you
+ Accentuates a couch very beautifully
+ Eco-friendly and handmade to last
+ Ready to ship
+ Qualifies for FREE SHIPPING
+ Affordably priced at $398
Shop the Odumase Granny Square Afghan Here
7. The Dipoyo Brooch/Pillbox Hat
+ The perfect little-something gift that one can use over and over again!
+ Harajuku and Ghanaian inspired hand-swen multifunctional accessory
+ Perfect for the bohemian Mom
+ Made with high quality African wax print and Ghanaian glass beads
+ Six choices now available
+ Affordably priced at $40
Shop the Dipoyo Brooch/Pillbox Here
As alway thanks for the generous gift of your time and I look forward to shipping your way soon...
How's the being? Much beauty at your end I hope! ^_^
Thanks for checking in with me today. I have a few exciting things to share with you, but first: Super thanks to all who made it to the Pop-Up market last weekend. You made my weekend!
Second: Mawusi gift cards are currently unavailable, but will be back soon.
Super sorry for the inconvenience. And if you didn't get a chance to do so yet, please review my much more customer friendly policy page.
Now to exciting NEWs: Remember my mentioning having brought a lot of beads back from my trip home to Ghana? Well I have been putting them to use. Apart from including them in my up coming SS17 Collection (I know I am late! Forgive me please!), I have revamped some old pieces like the Mateko Cocktail Hat to include the beautiful Ghanaian beads!
Also redesigned, is the fun, year-round accessory, the Dipoyo Pillbox/Brooch. The Dipoyo is now smaller, making them the more fun to wear in clusters! The beadwork also make them even more adorable than ever. Need not say it, but they are much lighter too, each weighs about 30 grams or less (with clip & brooch pin). ^_^
Lastly, I have been playing with my logo and accepting inspiration from our present moody spring mornings, have come up with a logo that feels more truthful.. I love the new black spiked granulated background which is much more interesting than the plain, smooth yellow of the previous logo. Also notice my new tagline, "live in play!" Would you say it captures the essence of Mawusi in not so many words? If so, that is what I am hoping for!
So there's a lot more excitement on the plate this week and I hope you are already busy trying to decide which Dipoyo or Mateko you would like for me to ship your way...
That is it for this week. Thank YOU much much for your support;
it means much much to me!
How goes? Wonderful things popping all over your end, I hope.
Here, I'm trying to enjoy April, and finish Mawusi FW17.
I have some good news for you: Firstly, the shop's return policy has been made more shopper-friendly! You are now able to return an already-made piece within 7 days of receipt/delivered date. All you have to do is email me first, so I know to expect the piece. Once I receive the item, if it is still in a new, unused condition a store credit will be issued to you! Please see the Shop Policy page for more info.
The other course of excitement is that the first Mawusi Market for the year is this weekend!
Here are the deets:
Market: F.A.D. Market
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
When: Saturday, April 22nd + Sunday, April 23rd
At: 11am - 6pm
Last not least, drumroll please for The Week's Recommendation:
The Mateko Cocktail Hat
-The Mateko Cocktail Hat is a fun accessory that can be dressed up or down
- It is a vintage inspired piece which is also inspired by the silhouette of the Geisha's head
- The Mateko is lightweight and made with vibrant, festive, and high qualityAfrican Print Fabric some of which are directly from Ghana.
- The Mateko can be worn as a side hat or in a bun or in anyway you use to style it
- The Mateko is also great to wear to weddings and engagement ceremonies
- Currently available in two prints which are both ready to ship
- Shop the Mateko here
And that is it for this week's journal update.
Super thanks for your time and I look forward to seeing some of you in
Brooklyn this weekend!