Alysia Mazzella is an artist, gardener, and candle maker based in the mountains of Newburgh, New York. Her handmade collection roots in the old world of slow-made tradition and one-by-one: when tapers were hand-dipped, books were bound by hand, and herbal medicine was grown from seed. Alysia has tended the garden her whole life with farming passed down for many generations, tracing back to her Italian great-grandparents.
Beyond her artisanal work, Alysia serves as a Medicine Woman leading women’s gatherings in the woods, guided visualizations, and card readings. Here, she ritually applies her study of energy work, individual purpose, natural cycles, and ceremonious self-discipline. She believes her calling as a Medicine Woman is sourced from her Choctaw blood.
After graduating Newburgh Free Academy with the Certificate of Artistic Excellence (2007), Alysia launched her first company 21-7 Magazine (2008-2011). 21-7 was an online website that featured underground artists, some of whom are now mainstream: Little Dragon, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Ke$ha. From 2011–2017, Alysia worked as a Photo Editor for NatGeo photojournalists and a local wedding photographer, as well as a freelance Videographer, producing independent music videos, short films, short documentaries.
As of 2014, Alysia became an alumna of the Creative Writing and New Media program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. This is where she honed in on her skills as a documentary storyteller. Alysia continued applying storytelling in a unique way with The Restorative Center where she worked as Program Administrator and eventually Assistant Director of Trainings (2015-2018). She traveled NY teaching circle keeping to all walks of life: community members in the Hudson Valley, activists at AmeriCorps, high school students in the Bronx, and college students at Yale.
After spending most of her life working on the computer, designing websites, and editing digital photo & video, Alysia yearned to touch the things that she poured all of her energy into. She shifted her career from digital to handmade during Chime In (2016), a temporary pop-up shop she founded which carried local-made items. This is where Alysia debuted her handmade collection beginning with The Orb Choker, a hand-crafted clay and leather necklace.
Today, Alysia is brewing plant-based salves, expanding her candle line, and sharing Fourfold the Oracle with the world. For fun, she plays the guitar and freestyles song. You can read her poetry at LlamaMoon.com.