ZAZI x Invites: Maggie
Maggie//Mental Health Advocate//Dried Flower Decorator//Creativity Mentor
What makes you feel most in power?
Peace of mind, I don't know if I feel powerful or if that would be the word, I am someone who is happiest when I feel calm. I want to feel like it all fits; for me I strive to feel connected with myself, my body, my mind, just to feel at peace and just appreciate what is there. Power is when you can be comfortable in your own vulnerability and when you can find nature in your own chaotic environment.
Can you talk about what your style says about you?
I have a very relaxed sense of style and being comfortable is really important to me. My personal style could be seen as boyish, because I work with my hands a lot and need that ease and mobility in my clothing so I have collected a lot of vintage workwear. But I also have my 70s side. When I owned my vintage shop I was really drawn into the 70s style so now my style is really a mix of the two.
What items do you hold closest to you and why?
Culturally, I would say, head wraps. My parents are from West Africa and my mum always wore head wraps, back before Erykah Badu! It has always been something that has been super easy. Hats as well, hats and headwraps are a comfort. I don't know if its whether my dad wore a lot of hats and my mom wore headwraps. Now I have just combined the two as an homage to them both!
What is one thing you do on a daily basis to make your habits more sustainable?
I started shopping vintage really young. When I was growing up my dad would always make sure we would buy really good quality items, even if at the time I wanted the sparkly things like my friends. He always had nice linen and tweed, basically just dapper sense of style, which I started to mimic as I got older. I think I grew up to be really similar to my father, but started finding those quality linens and tweeds second hand. I was drawn to vintage because it is not wasteful, its quality, and you can find timeless items, so I made the switch to shopping almost 100% second hand.
How do you see the role of women in the future?
I hope that there will be more women in the decision making process. We need more women in positions where huge decisions are made. I think we are all moving to a more mindful and spiritual place women will find their way back to the top of that. When you look at tribes women are often the head. As we make the switch to being more mindful women will be elected into higher office and we will see a societal switch.
What is an everyday tip you can suggest that can help improve people's sustainability?
Just buy less. There are so many things that we don't need. Save, support local, try to stay off the high street, support independence, and also, buy vintage!
Can you tell us more about your project and practice and how you started? What about this topic is important to you?
At first i wanted to make a comment on the way we live in a disposable society. Dried flowers was a way of saying “hey you don't have to discard everything so quickly, you can just pause for a minute and see the beauty in the aging process.” Working with dried flowers also makes you slow down because you have to take care of them carefully.