Hello everyone, my name is Tiana, aka, Madame Zaza and I have a passion for art and an appreciation of colour, form and design which stems back to my childhood and continues today through my artistic pursuits.
Originally of French heritage, my varied childhood was spent in several different communities in both Africa and South America and it is there that the sensibility of reusing and recycling became ingrained.
Upon arriving in my new homeland Australia, I was astonished to see just how many useable treasures were regularly being discarded during local Council kerbside collections and at local landfill tips.
Passionate about helping to lessen this wastage, I decided to put my artistic leanings to work transforming unwanted and unloved furniture items into reborn pieces of usable art.
My philosophy is to restore, revamp, recycle to stop the landfill and to slow down excessive consumerism in today’s modern world.
So far, I've restored and saved almost 100 pieces from being dumped. I have been finalist for the Brisbane City Council Competition in 2014 and in 2015.
Now I have decided to move from Brisbane to Melbourne because of the vibrant, artistic and eclectic community.
I give a surname to all my creations as offering them a new life is, also, giving them a new identity. My art practice combines together sustainability with retro-style graphic design and I transform trash into treasure with a very personal, poetic and elegant touch.