Lucie McQuilkan

Lucie McQuilkan On Fresh Flower Crowns, Physical Bravery and Pagan Weddings

 

Who: Lucie McQuilkan, Former Fashion Designer, Forward Thinker, Founder of Mischievous Goddess


Why She’s Foxy: After leaving New Zealand and a thriving fashion career behind in her late twenties, she braved her way to Brooklyn to teach little girls how to grow into grow into gorgeous Goddesses.

On Her Childhood: “I grew up in New Zealand in a small city on the sea. There were no international brands or artists anywhere. California weather. My happiest memories are being at the beach in the summer feeding crabs. I watched a lot of Sesame Street.”


On Fashion: “I was always drawing when I was kid. Then I learned to sew. The fashion scene in New Zealand was edgy and intellectual, but I was more colorful and out there. I liked Betsey Johnson and Roberto Cavalli, designers that expressed themselves in a fun way. I met a fashion designer in art school and worked as his PA for a while, driving around and getting stuff dyed and picking up buttons. After a while I started sewing his samples. Then I had a store for a while and was selling my own dresses, but the recession hit.  I had a lot of friends that moved to NYC and I was jealous. So I closed the shop and moved. I lived on the Lower East Side in this horrible apartment with a metal bed. My first night I stayed in a hostel on Bowery. I worked for cash at a store in the West Village for a while. I worked for a tailor on Mott Street. But I didn’t want to do the whole fashion grind. Back in New Zealand, I worked seven days a week. It so stressful and uphill. I didn’t want to be one of those people with an amazing job at Calvin Klein but no life. I just needed to chill. I went to the Himalayas and did a yoga training. I’m a real hippie at heart. It was like the 1960s there — beautiful tents with tea and low hanging lights and travelers all over the world. I was ridiculously inspired, totally in my element.”

On The Inspiration Behind Mischievous Goddess Classes: “I started babysitting children when I came back from India. And I loved it. Kids are crazy and I’m crazy and I got to be a child again. I’ve never been into organized religion but when I started channeling the goddesses — inspired by Doreen Virtue’s cards — and tapping into this higher energy. So I decided to start teaching a class for young girls focused on these goddesses! I  love Yemoja, the West African Goddess. I love the Goddess Ostara, who represents Spring and fertility.  Butterfly Maiden is a Native American spirit who represents transformation and ensures that crops are healthy and bountiful.  I wanted to motivate young girls and to introduce them to historic, powerful role models from an ancient culture.”

 

On Class: “First we do affirmations. I am brave, I am valuable, I am intelligent. I trust in my earth sisters and they believe in me. I like to emphasize the power of the sisterhood so that little girls don’t grow up being so competitive. Then I teach them about the goddess we’re celebrating that week, and we make something that represents her and her culture. I read them a story. We give thanks to planet earth. Then we make a wish at the end.”

 

On Goddess Parties: “Each party I host entails a birthday ceremony. We do a blessing for the child. We celebrate the amount of spins they’ve had around the sun. We wish on crystals — they all take it so seriously. They quite clearly are connected with faith. I bring a fresh flower crown for the birthday girl and handmade dresses and we have cupcakes and a tea ceremony. We do a blessing and thank Mother Earth for the food that we’re eating.”

 

On Teaching Children: “I try to teach the girls that sometimes they will feel shitty. That people grieve. That plants die. I want to instill lessons in them that they don’t normally learn. Often little girls are told ‘you’re so cute, you’re so pretty,’ but no one tells them that they’re brave. It’s so important to instill in them the importance of doing something scary. It’s not about physical bravery. It’s about getting out of your comfort zone.”

 

Fave Love Book:The Days Of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante.”

 

Fave Love Song:Imagine by John Lennon.”

 

Fave Love Movie:Les Intouchables.”


Her Fantasy Wedding: “I would love to attend a pagan wedding in a forest like ‘The Mists Of Avalon’. I would wear a flower crown and a long velvet cape and bare feet. I would find a kindred spirit there and dance naked at the afterparty under the stars to 1960s protest songs.”