Resplendent June’s here reminding us to celebrate our favorite heroes of the father-variety! Pick a card, any card for the warrior who’s had your back, be it dad, uncle, grandpa, husband, brother, or mom or friend who played the role! They’d all love a fun token of your appreciation. Even if they’d never admit it in public.
As we get ready to attend the National Stationery Show next week, we thought we’d take a walk down memory lane (strewn with plenty of fleurs, of course). Please enjoy a look back at our last show.
It was a real labor of love and art to compose the blooms into lush compositions of color gradations on the walls. Masha’s idea for light shelving was to use feathers to hold up the cards. Alignment was difficult to achieve by hand but everyone loved the unique effect. Best of all, the cards were the heaviest thing about this booth design.
Silk petals served as flooring. It was a welcome zen activity to brush them back in place with a small broom after each busy day.
The lighting was a bit harsh for photos, but we spotted many a fake “selfie” being taken in order to photograph our booth design OTDL. That’s a compliment, right?
Here’s Masha with friend (and fellow curly girl) Emily McDowell enjoying the show.
See you in NY!
May is here with myriad of blooms in tow! Here on masha.com, we have a few fruits (and flowers) of our labor to share too – 23 new cards to be exact. They look as good going as they do coming thanks to the lush art on the back as well as the front. Pick some for Mother’s Day and beyond! Welcome May flowers card showers.
If you happen to be on the west coast, please come to our book launch event at Dacha in Manhattan Beach this Saturday! Enjoy cocktails by Casamigos tequila, tipsy coloring, music by Pat Restaino and a special appearance by the mystical Sky White Tiger. Our book launch will feature an exhibit of original drawings, one-of-a-kind prints, and signed Color Me Enchanted books. These make lovely gifts for Valentine’s Day and beyond!
Color Me Enchanted Book Launch: February 11, 4-7 PM.
Hope to see you there!
As we ring in the New Year, we’re ecstatic to also welcome our new coloring book!! It’s taken many months of meticulous drawing and designing by Masha and Gala Lazuli, and now Color Me Enchanted is finally here! Released wherever fine books are sold, and at Amazon.
If you’re in New York City, please join us in celebrating our book’s release on Friday, January 13th, at Rumpus Room 249 Eldridge St (at Houston). Come meet the artists and enjoy coloring, cocktails, DJs + dancing. This event is 21+ so bring your fake IDs along with all your friends! There will be a limited number of books for sale + color prints. Please pre-order and bring your own copy if you’d like a guaranteed signed book. We will also have a launch event in LA in February – California legends please stay tuned!
Start your new year off right by escaping into fantasy and meditation, with scenes from 25 global fairy tales to color and display. Unleash your inner artist through the sophisticated and dreamlike pages of this unique coloring book. Drawing inspiration from fairy tales told around the world, our new book lays before you whimsical, magical art filled with fair maidens, dreadful beasts, and enchanted forests. All that’s needed to bring them to life is YOU. So grab whatever medium you prefer and create something spectacular! Color Me Enchanted features more than sixty-five pages to color, perforated pages for easy removal, and as a special bonus – pages that complete a fairyland scene when put together. The final images in the book can be displayed as a grouping to make a large and charming piece of wall art. Gold foil accents on the full-color cover make it a beautiful gift for any occasion all year long!
What new influences and opportunities will be headed your way in 2017? What fresh resources will you be able to draw on? How can you conspire with life to create the best possible future for yourself? These are some questions to meditate on with Color Me Enchanted. Can’t wait to see your magic colors in 2017!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to thank YOU, our customer, for all your love. It’s very mutual and we couldn’t do it without you! We hope you have glorious holidays! And now that the gift season is upon us. Here are some favorites from Masha and beyond to fill your stockings with.First and foremost, have you picked up our perennially popular calendar? 2017 is brimming with whimsical critters. It’s a gift that keeps on giving all year long! To compliment the cuteness how about picking up some animal themed gifts?
Forget Rudolph, these unicorn slippers from Smoko will light up your giftee’s way to the bathroom in a magical way. Wish we could wear an accessory this perfect everywhere.
For the crafter on your list, we have Baby Gone Wild, new 100% cotton quilting fabric that can be used for all kinds of fun projects.
If you’re not ready to make your own plushie though, we’re in love with the felted toys by Manomine. I mean, c’mon!
Winter is for snuggling at home with kitties and wine — everyone knows that. Get this purrfect corkscrew in black or white for the cat lover on your list. Tirebouchat Corkscrew, $16.80, available at Pylones.
Of course, we got you covered for all your holiday cards needs, including 2 new ones featuring neon ink details. Hurry, they’re selling fast!
Last but not least, for that post-holiday pick me up, we’ve got Color Me Enchanted, a lush coloring book of fairytales dropping January 3 (go ahead and circle that date in the aforementioned calendar). Learn more in our previous post.
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COLOR ME ENCHANTED is available for pre-order here. Exquisitely hand-drawn by Masha D’yans and Gala Lazuli, this first-time coloring book is 96 perforated pages brimming with intricate fairytale scenes from around the world. Some are famous (such as The Princess and the Pea, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty), while others might not be so familiar. Each includes a brief quote from the original text to help bring the scene to life and to take the reader on the book’s own narrative journey. Interspersed between the vignettes are unique thematic patterns for more meditative coloring. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the lush original art sets this book apart with its romantic sophistication; each page is ready for framing as-is or colored by you! Gold foil accents on the full-color cover make it a beautiful gift.
NEW: Saks + MoMA – a couple of sparkling Masha news for you this week! Now that Halloween’s over, it’s officially time to put your spooky costumes away and gather beautiful things for the holliday season. To help you greet in style, we have brand new cards for MoMA online in stores. This Christmas / New Year season, Masha designed a pop-up watercolor city scene complete with metallic foil and glitter! And for Chanukah, she’s dreamed up a festive spinning dreidel. Please check these enchanting cards in stores in person or at MoMA shop online along with other feats of paper engineering from Masha.
If it’s watercolor mischief you’re looking to share these holidays, Saks Fifth Avenue has new cards for holidays and everyday available in exclusive mixed sets. You get two of each design in a box for all your gifting needs. Check out the new designs as well as some classic remixes online and in the New York flagship.
In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the September Eleventh attacks, we’re honored and humbled to present “All We Have Left,” a young adult novel featuring Masha’s illustration on the cover. The book is available in book stores near you and on Amazon.
Gr 7 Up—This beautifully written coming-of-age story traces the lives of two girls whose worlds intersect on September 11, 2001. Chapters alternate between the present-day story of Jesse, whose brother died on that fateful day, and an emotional account of Muslim teen Alia’s experience inside one of the beleaguered Twin Towers. The wounds are so deep that Jesse’s family doesn’t talk about her brother Travis. Her parents are on the brink of a divorce, and she has feelings for a bad boy who leads her astray. After her arrest for hate speech tagging, she is sentenced to community service at the Islam Peace Center. Alia is a teenage girl and aspiring comic book writer/illustrator. An incident at school causes her parents to withdraw permission for Alia to attend a program for talented high school artists. On September 11, she heads to her father’s office at the World Trade Center to plead with him to change his mind. Jesse’s journey to discover why Travis was at the Twin Towers and what happened to him before he died eventually leads her to a search for Alia, the girl Travis was with when the planes hit. Her work at the Islam Peace Center and the friends she makes there instill in Jesse a new understanding of Muslims and the Islamic faith. This outstanding, touching look at a national tragedy promotes healing and understanding.
Siri, Siri on the phone, who’s the fairest of them all? This post is not about selfies, promise, we just couldn’t resist the pun. Instead we want to talk about fairytales and our collective obsession with them, especially in our age of high tech magic. This most dazzling, valiant and resilient of genres typically features: children or young maidens, magic, happiness (think fairytale ending), an occasional unicorn and the escapist notions of ‘Once upon a time’ and ‘Ever After.’ Naturally, fairytales have been aligned with the world of art, film and high fashion since well… once upon a time. Think about it: youth, fantasy, beauty, horror, love, heroic acts, history and elves. What’s not to love?!
The well of folk stories remains bottomless for Hollywood, as evidenced this year by the lavish reinterpretation of Snow White in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and the enduring popularity of the serial fantasy Game of Thrones, to name a few. And hardly a season passes by without at least a few fairytale references in the fashion world. To celebrate this point, the museum at Manhattan’s Fashion Institute of Technology hosted an exhibition highlighting the central role that clothing and style play in the telling of our favorite stories. According to Fairy Tale Fashion associate curator Colleen Hill, “In versions of numerous fairy tales by authors such as Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen, it is evident that dress was often used to symbolize a character’s transformation, vanity, power, or privilege. The importance of Cinderella’s glass slippers is widely known, for example, yet these shoes represent only a fraction of the many references to clothing in fairy tales.”
And speaking of references, Vogue had this to say about the Miu Miu Spring 2016 show: “In their eccentrically layered outfits, the models at Miu Miu looked like they had unearthed the ultimate chest of dress-up clothes—you know, the ones that in fairy tales are discovered covered in dust in the attic next to a one-eyed wooden rocking horse and ribbon-tied bundles of letters—and piled treasure upon treasure (granny boots, Alice in Wonderland pinafores) in an attempt to realize all of their make-believe fantasies at once.”
Dolce & Gabbana, never one to be outdone, couldn’t keep from joining in on the fairy tale fun during Milan Fashion Week. Their Fall 2016 show included references to Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Snow White. Bellissima as ever.
If all this hasn’t satisfied your love of fashion and fairytales, you only have to wait for the stroke of midnight of this year’s end for ‘Color Me Enchanted,‘ an upcoming coloring book (for grown-ups and not so much) by Masha D’yans and Gala Lazuli. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, it features more than 90 pages of fashion-forward illustrations, inspired by… what else, fairytales from around the world! Get those magic coloring wands ready and watch this space for more sneak peeks.
From top left:
1. Red Riding Hood by Comme des Garcons from Fairy Tale Fashion
2. A look from Comme des Garcons: Menswear SS17
3. Fairy Tale Fashion
4. A look from Miu Miu Spring 2016 show
5-6. Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2016 show
7. A spread to color from Color Me Enchanted by Masha D’yans and Gala Lazuli