Musi Hunt ~ Jeweler

I was born in New York City from Peruvian parents. At age one I moved with my mother to Lima, Peru. At 10, I spent a year in Santiago, Chile where I went to a French school. At 15, I moved to Paris with my mother where I started going to the L’Académie de la Grande Chaumière for drawing. I  spent 4 years submerged in an intense cultural life: Le Louvre, the Musée d’Art Moderne and the Musée des MusiIMG_2828Arts Décoratifs were my favorites.

My love for jewelry started very early with my grandmother’s collection of very beautiful Victorian and Art Deco jewelry. I often asked her to show it to me for my pleasure.

France was my strongest influence followed by Peru, Argentina, Brazil and finally the US.

At 20, I returned to Lima where I went to Escuella de Bellas Artes and had Ricardo Grau for a teacher. After Lima I moved to Buenas Aires for 2 years. After a period of traveling I returned to Paris in 1968 for a year where I started  making jewelry but got discouraged and quit.

I moved to New York city where I gave birth to my first daughter and became a  self-taught leather craftwoman. I then traveled to Europe, Moracco and Tunisa. After returning to New York, we spent an adventurous year in a mini van going back to Peru.

From Peru, I went to Guatemala where I met Bernarr Hunt. We joined forces and started making simple jewelry which we sold for 3 years in the plaza in Cusco and at the Pisaq market. We had 3 kids during this time, then traveled to Brazil by bus, truck and train. For a year, we traveled around Brazil in our minivan with our kids and sold our jewelry in fairs and stores.

Then it was back to New Mexico in the US where I was making kids clothes and dolls in addition to jewelry. Then, back to Cusco for several more years before coming back to California where I have lived for the last 33 years in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Ten years ago I started building a house in Brazil in an alternative community where I spend 2-4 months each year working on my next season designs. I work in the mornings and wander around the magnificent environment of forest, mountains and rivers in the afternoon listening to the thunder storms.