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The Modern Utopian
Campaign shot by Stacey Mark with Dree Hemingway
Dree wears Mystic Necklace, Enlightenment neckalce with Smokey Quartz, Zodiac Ring, Zodiac cuff, all in Brass.
Dree wears Mystic Necklace (as headpiece), The Source ring, Isis Aquarian bracelet, Sonic Portation ring, Kundalini rings, Apollo bangle, 'As Above, So Below' bangle, all in Brass
Dree wears The Source ring, Isis Aquarian bracele, Sonic Portation ring, Kundalini rings, all in Brass
Dree wears Apollo bangle, 'As Above, So Below' bangle, Ritual Necklace, The Source cuff, 'As Above So Below' ring, Anita Ring with Smokey Quartz, Wicca ring with Smokey quartz, Zodiac cuff, and Immortals pendant, all in Brass
Dree wears Enlightemnent necklace with Smokey quartz, Zodiac cuff, Sonic Portaion ring, Eternal ring all in Brass, and Source Ear cuff in gold plate
Dree wears Mystic Necklace, Enlightenment neckalce with Smokey Quartz, Zodiac Ring, Zodiac cuff, The Source cuff, 'As Above So Below' ring, Anita ring with Smokey Quartz, Wicca ring with Smokey quartz, Sonic Portaion ring, and Kundalini rings, all in Brass.
Dree wears Immortals ring with Smokey Quartz, Zodiac ring, Kundalini rings, Sonic portation ring, Eternal ring, Mystic Necklace, Enlightenment necklace, all in Brass
Dree wears Kundalini cuff in silver, Zodiac Cuff in Brass, Mystic necklace in Brass, Enlightement necklace in Brass. Inset: The Magick Handbag
Dree wears Enlightenment necklace in silver with Fossil stone, Utopia Neckpiece in silver and Fossil stone, The Source bangle , 'As above, So Below' ring , Anita ring with Smokey quartz , Kundalini rings, Wicca ring in Smoeky Quartz, Sonic portation ring, Zodiac cuff, all in brass, Eternal rings in brass and silver.
Dree wears Wicca ring with Smokey Quartz in Silver, Isis Aquarian bracelet in Silver, Eternal ring in silver
Dree wears Dionysis Pendant, Ritual necklace, Immortals cuff, Kundalini cuff, Isis Aquarian bracelet, Zodiac ring, Wicca ring with Smokey Quartz
Dree wears Kundalini neckalce , Mystic necklace, The Source cuff, Isis Aquarian bracelet, Zodiac ring, Wicca ring with Smokey quartz, all in Silver
The Modern Utopian
Film by Cara Stricker with Dree Hemingway
The Light. (As Above)
The Modern Utopian
Like leaders of an autonomous spiritual order, MANIAMANIA have collected thought forms, visionary experiences and tripped out icons for their new collection, ‘The Modern Utopian’. Radial lines are traced from Californian communes and cults of the late 60s and 70s so to consider a philosophical dichotomy - hedonism vs. spirituality. The door to their triangle of influences is the spirituality embedded in ‘Rock n Roll’ and western pop music’s romanticism of eastern transcendence. While grounded like a rock in the physical realm of performing and listening, it too rolls out an opportunity to transcend to higher states – a notion symbolized by The Beatles relationship with Maharishi and his address at Woodstock.
Brass and silver-plated snake rings and bangles symbolize Kundalini awakenings at The Hog Farm – a politically and musically active hallucination family. Smokey Quartz crystal and Black wooden carved tusks honour the light and dark auras and opposing forces of Apollo – the god of sun dreams and reason - and Dynonisus – the god of wine, ecstasy and intoxication. A new manifestation of the Immortals story features crystal ball shaped stones emblematic of the witchcraft practiced by Keith Richard’s muse, Anita Pallenburg. The ‘As Above So Below’ story is an engraved harmony of zodiac, pagan, wicca and alchemy symbols with the Latin verbatim “As Above” and “So Below” iconic to The Source Family commune’s psychedelic house band Ya Ho Wa 13.
In tune with MANIAMANIA’s evolving experiments with form and medium, ‘The Modern Utopian’ introduces MANIAMANIA’s first handbag – a low-slung shoulder bag, the Magick bag features leather relief detail work and tusk closures in Fossil crystal stones or heavy metals. The collection intermixes pathways, devices and philosophies of enlightenment into a new visual language. By shepherding the motley moods of pop musicians, trippers and gurus all questing for the same goal, presence the totems of ‘The Modern Utopian’ continue an exploration of human potential.
The campaign features model Dree Hemingway photographed by Stacey Mark, along with two films by director Cara Stricker, each representing the opposing forces of light and darkness.
Father Yod with Yahowa13, and the Source family members.
Text by Lisa Lerkenfeldt