About

Susana Vijaya

I live with creative force flowing through me. As a young girl, both my mom and my grandmother invoked this creative energy, and ever since I have been expressing myself through artistry in crochet, knitting, photography, mosaic, painting, singing, performing and culinary arts. I discovered jewelry and macrame techniques in 2008, and it´s been a passionate love ever since.

After a strong career in sales as a commercial director, I founded and ran a flourishing vegetarian and macrobiotic restaurant in Porto Portugal that evolved to feed the body, mind and soul as a spiritual center for holistic healing.


I had that business for 7 years, and in 2008 I decided it was time for a change. I sold my business and began the trip of a lifetime. With a nearly empty backpack and full of curiosity, I began my quest to discover and learn from intentional and spiritual communities operating on principles of permaculture in Brazil.

And it was in South America that I learned the art of macrame, which quickly became my passion and meaningful method of meditation. In 2011, I went to the United States, bought a motor-home and traveled throughout Central and North America, along the way sharing my unique and beautiful creations.

In the summer of 2012, I arrived in British Columbia. After visiting several places in this amazing province, I found Cortes Island and my heart told me that it is one of my places to call home in this world. For a few years I lived half the year on Cortes and the other half in Bahia, Brazil. In 2016 I decided to leave Brazil and I started to spend my winters in La Manzanilla, Jalisco, Mexico. Nowadays I live on Quadra Island, just next to Cortes, and I continue to spend my winters in La Manzanilla.

​Besides my career as a jewelry artist I am also developing my singing abilities. My partner (lead guitar) and I have started a band called NO TANGO. In Mexico we are playing every Friday night at Palapa Joe's, joined by great musicians. We are looking forward to do the same in Canada.  I also have a weekly radio show called VINHO DO PORTO at the local radio station CKTZ - 89.5 fm - Cortes Community Radio, and you can access my podcasts HERE . The show is spoken in English and all the songs are in Portuguese, be that from Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe.


I participate in several craft markets, rock and gem shows, and my work is present in several stores around the world. I also love making commission pieces, so don't hesitate to contact me to create your special piece together.

Working with gems and semi-precious stones involves constant development and allows a connection with their amazing energy.

Each of my exquisite pieces is a "one of a kind" delight, created with love, healing energy, and intention to make its new owner vibrate in the Light.

If you want to know more about myself there are two interesting interviews:
Susana Vijaya talks about becoming more public

Art On The Island: Susana Vijaya’s Macramé

Macrame

Macrame (the art of knotting) is believed to have originated with the 13th-century Arab weavers. After the Moorish conquest, the art was taken to Spain, to Portugal, and then spread through Europe. Macrame was most popular in the Victorian era. It was used to make household items such as tablecloths, bedspreads and curtains. Sailors made Macrame objects (hammocks, bell fringes and belts) in off hours while at sea, and sold or bartered them when they landed, thus spreading the art to places like China and the New World. Portuguese sailors brought the art to Brazil. It became very popular between the slaves, and it spread throughout Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru.

Macrame was a popular trend in North America during the 1970's as a means to make wall hangings, articles of clothing, bedspreads, small jean shorts, tablecloths, draperies, plant hangers and other furnishings. By the early 1980's Macrame had again begun to fall out of fashion but not in South America...

Coming from the teachings of the slaves, Macrame transformed through the years and nowadays it is used to make jewelry. It became a way of freedom for the South-American artisans living on one of the lowest rungs of the economic ladder. Their lack of physical, financial, and emotional ties (and the breaking thereof), are what allow them to continue traveling. These are people who share the street with thieves, peddlers, beggars, street vendors of manufactured goods, food vendors, other artisans of various types, street performers, buskers, and the general public between rich, poor, old, and young. It was with these artisans, who denounce the status-quo in the act of their lifestyle, that I had the fortune of learning from.

How are my creations different from what I have learned?

Well, the culture of Macrame Jewelry is very big in South America, but it is very different from what I have created and developed through the years. My roots are there, but that jewelry can be very heavy, often crude and coarse, the materials used are not very good quality, many times they use bone, shells, seeds and others that disintegrate with time.
I have created a line of Macrame Jewelry that is unique in the world, I use the best materials, precious and semi-precious stones and beads and sterling silver, and also the best threads. I have created a line that is beautiful, very elegant, very feminine and chic, that can be used on the most glamorous events as well as in every day life. With my line of jewelry I bring the South American culture to North America, but in a most elaborate way, suitable for the most demanding ladies. More recently I am creating a Men's line... because they deserve it!