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Coming together and celebrating all the little things that add up to the big things in life.  This is a good way to keep your steam and raise each other up.  Tucson is a collection of a diverse many people., including an above par population of women.  Some native, some passing through, some replanted.  One thing we love about Tucson is it's acceptance and hardiness.  It is what many if us have come to think of a a very old west ethos.  Work hard, endure, exchange and embrace.  

To learn more about the Nomad Dinner Series, follow them on Instagram @the_nomadkitchen.  Also, check out the second edition of Territory Magazine, in store now, for their great articles written about and by Women of the West.



Online and in store now.

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Inner Circle is a concept by Puspa Lohmeyer, photographer, trickster and magician.  The title refers to the need to protect your inner space from outside influences.  So much is pelting us, pulling us and inspiring us, even, every moment of our days.  However, we all need a space to be free from all of these things or to simply process them into edible bites.

Featured are the Hammered Hoops Collection from MAST co-creator and inspirator, Sofie Albertsen. 

Available online and in store now.

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Photography :: Puspa Lohmeyer :: Model :: Bailey Olivas  Make-Up :: Anna Skubis Hair :: Tracy Mayfield :: Wardrobe & Styling :: How Sweet It Was Vintage

Photography :: Puspa Lohmeyer :: Model :: Bailey Olivas

Make-Up :: Anna Skubis Hair :: Tracy Mayfield :: Wardrobe & Styling :: How Sweet It Was Vintage



Named after the Sonoran Desert barrel cactus , the Barrel Bag is the newest in the line of leather braided designs by Mellow Dawn.  A large bucket bag with an adjustable short strap and fully lined with two interior pockets.  

Handmade in Tucson by MELLOW DAWN.  Available online & in store now.



The second in a series of clutches that lets you put your style where your mouth is.  A personal project that let's the humor, beliefs and questions come forward in fashion and function.  "The worst thing we can do is to fear inciting conversations about ourselves, our community and our contributions," says Mellow Dawn, "that's the worst propaganda."  Making statements that are open for interpretation and hopefully, exchange. 

Available for pre-order September 1st




The kind of accessory you come to obsess over, our  Aro Half Hoops, are a the latest offering from Tasha Bundy's ever-popular African Sliced Vinyl collection.  We've got you covered in classic black or white with vermeil. 

In store and online now.

HEIRLOOM TURQUOISE ARROW RING   Yet another treasure from the workbench of Sofie Albertsen, The  Heirloom Turquoise Ring  is a one of kind beauty, with turquoise and diamonds, set in 22k florentine gold with hand engraved sterling silver band.   In store and online now.


Yet another treasure from the workbench of Sofie Albertsen, The Heirloom Turquoise Ring is a one of kind beauty, with turquoise and diamonds, set in 22k florentine gold with hand engraved sterling silver band.

In store and online now.



NOOWORKS!! We just want to scream it from the roof tops!  Tigers and panthers and jumpsuits, OH MY!  NOOWORKS collaborates with a rotating line up of illustrators to create limited run textiles.  From that they make a range of classic and fun cuts that cover a broad spectrum of styles and bodies.  All made in the USA, NOOWORKS is also a business owned and run by women.

MAST,  being nuts for onesies, are dipping our toes in the water with two styles of jumpsuits, the Magic Suit & Coveralls.  Lightweight and comfortable, great year round for the Tucson climate.  

Don't wait, only a few of each size available in the current print, once this style is gone...it's gone.  New patterns due in November!

Currently available in store only.


Glenn Ligon, America, 2008 neon and paint, ed. of 1 plus AP, Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection

Glenn Ligon, America, 2008 neon and paint, ed. of 1 plus AP, Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection

In case you hadn't heard, there is a very exciting exhibit heading to the Tucson Museum of Art.  30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades.

This provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations.

All of the artworks in the exhibition are from the Rubell’s permanent collection. A comprehensive 224 page hardcover exhibition catalog with essays by Robert Hobbs, Glenn Ligon, Franklin Sirmans, and Michele Wallace accompanies the exhibition. Artists whose work is represented in this sweeping survey includes icons such as Mark Bradford, Nick Cave, Robert Colescott, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley.

Art is an essential ingredient to the fabric of any thriving and striving culture, we're excited to see Tucson's art scene continue to evolve, challenge and ignite!

During your visit, please make a stop in the TMA gift shop.  MAST will be the featured artist for the month of October. Expect some different and more out-of-the-box designs.

Exhibition Runs: October, 6 2018 - January 13, 2019. 


                                                    AUGUST SPECIALS!




Labor Day has much to do with the fight for buying American Made, In effect Buy Local ya'll!!!! and you all have been, Thanks!! Prices knocked down on old & new stock!!!

Come Friday August 31st and also hit the Last Summer Night Market taking place throughout the whole Mercado District!  Learn more here....



Meet Your Maker No. 9

 Join us this Sunday, December 10th  12-3 PM to help us celebrate our 8th BIRTHDAY!  champy, lite bites will be offered, along with sweet sounds, thanks to our very own DJ Desert Deer. 




We've been adoring the amazing leather and textiles that Ava Goldberg the creative genius behind Animal Handmade  has been adorning the world with, and we are finally, so happily carrying just a few of her incredible pieces.  Here's a little look into the mind of this creative animal.

Q: What is 1 of the top 3 ethics that you abide by in your craft?

A: The best way to maintain passion in a creative career is to be unfaithful to your medium.

While I continue to learn about leather and know mastering any craft its a life-long practice, I firmly believe that loyalty to any material is a trap for the creative mind. If an idea is best rendered in silk, don't make it out of wood just because you're a woodworker. Dabbling in different mediums - film & photo, textiles, paper, wood - has been the key to keeping my work energized and interesting to myself (the hardest person on the planet to please).

Q: As you reflect, what has been the consistent theme in your life?

A: Toska, a Russian word generally meaning an ache of the soul. This ache has charged me forward ever since I was little. It is the reason I can't stop making things and trying to express the inexpressible.

Q: What continues to elude you?

A: A consistent day off.

Q: What is the greatest advice you’ve ever gotten?

A: Fail Harder

Q: What is the very first creation you remember making?

A: A paper goose with staple joints. See attached.


Q: Who or what is the single greatest influence in your life?

A: My parents. My mother has been creative for a living her entire life and has somehow maintained a pure joy for it. Year after year, season after season, through times of light and dark, her delight in making reminds me how nourishing it can be to bring an object into the world. Then you share that object with a friend or a stranger. Its an act of communion; a connection that builds invisible webs between beings. 
And my father, an immigrant's son, embodies the true American hustle. He's taught me that most boundaries and barriers are merely illusions.


Deep Diver Wallet in Black - In Store Now

Deep Diver Wallet in Black - In Store Now



Intaglio is a lost art  The Ode to Bohemia line is named for the amazing artists of the 1920's thru 1945 that handcrafted these intaglios, many of which were killed in the second world war.

The history is both intriguing and devastating. Working with these little pieces of art is both inspiring and an honor.

Handmade in Tucson by Sofie Albertsen. Available in store now.


Smith & Cult Nail Polish is the perfect little luxe stocking stuffer.  We are obsessed with the colors, and the quality of this line.  They are vegan, and 8 free, which makes them even more fantastic.
Available in store now.

If you have ever been into the shop, you may remember the scent that used to be our signature scent. It was a collaborative candle by  Imogene & Willie and apothocary line, Apothia.   We are happy to inform those addicts to this intoxicating scent, they are back in stock.  Though packaged differently, the smell remains, downright sublime.   Available in store now.



The holidays are here.. WHHHAAAAAA????? Let's roll through the end of this epically weird year in style, shall we? Sweet.

Amidst all of the holiday parties, shopping and madness, be sure to take some time to shop at the Mercado San Agustin Holiday Bazaar taking place December 15th thru 17th.  It's always such a great place to support local artisans and pick up holiday gifts in a wide variety of styles. 

This year, the Mercado is proud to host a mini pop up featuring some of the businesses that will be opening at the  Mercado Annex in early 2018.  Join us in welcoming Bloom MavenNow or Never and  Why I Love Where I Live  to the neighborhood, and get a little taste of the radness they'll be throwing down when they open in January.  Running from Dec 8th thru the 24th.

For more info on the MSA Holiday Bazaar, go here: http://mercadosanagustin.com/event/holiday-bazaar-2017/

As always, thank you for supporting what we do!
Happiest of Holidays to your and yours from the MAST gals and our families!


October Newsletter

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A ring  can carry a lot of meaning.  A ring can evoke  memories, make us feel close to a loved one, help us to feel more  beautiful,  strong , accomplished , can make us feel ready for a new beginning or offer a sense of belonging.

This season, and most always, I am  finding  inspiration  in  mourning jewelry ,old etchings, paintings , sea life , and tattoos.

My new Signet Log Ring is so much fun to make, it is a three dimensional piece that came to me in a dream. I then spent a few days constructing it in my mind  and once I sat down to work on it, it pretty most just made itself.

I love building rings, and sometimes, it is obviously a power ring


Photo by Becca Ranta

Photo by Becca Ranta



October will bring the addition of a MAST kiosk at the Tucson International Airport, in Terminal A!

This will be solely our  products and will be a small representation of our stock, as well as a few MAST made travel specific products made just for the kiosk. Check our instagram and Facebook throughout the month for updates and photos of progress and opening.

Signet Logo Rings


Ojo de Sueno Deluxe Sleep Masks


Y Studio is a Taiwanese design house that makes fine stationery artifacts (think pens, pencils, etc.) designed to last a lifetime. The hardware in their latest collection, Brassing, includes a ballpoint pen, sketching pencil and ruler all made out of brass, some of which that have been painted black. Over time, the paint will wear away to reveal the brass beneath in a completely unique way based on each user. If you’re not one for waiting, Y Studio also attaches a piece of sand paper to the product’s package that you can use to speed up the entire process. MAST also carries the Classic Brass line.

Y Studio Brassing Pens and Pencils currently available in store only.


La Curie Cyllene


Introducing the 6th scent from LA CURIE.  

CYLLENE is inspired by Edwardian equestrian leather and Parisian gossip
Notes include Carnation, Leather, Jasmine, Musk & Frangipani

available in store November 4th!



We have been crazy about the amazing wares  from Animal Handmade for a few years, and we are so happy to announce we will be offering a select handful  of these super special pieces this season! 
  Available in store.


Tucson Modernism Week 2017, presented by the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation will take place Saturday October 7th through Sunday October 15th. The celebration will feature a series of programs, film, lectures and events highlighting Tucson’s Mid-century Modern design and architecture throughout the city, along with the very popular vintage trailer show. Tucson’s Modernism captured the exuberance of the post WWII era, and is defined by clean, simple lines and a casual informality. In the Southern Arizona desert the movement has come to be defined as Sonoran Modern with the use of regional materials, adaptation to the desert climate and an emphasis on indoor/outdoor living.  2017 will feature work by legendary designers and modernists including Judith Chafee, Barbara Mettler and Cele Peterson.

For a full list of events and more info go here: http://preservetucson.org/modernism-week/


 You may not know how much welove plants and nurseries, and Tohono Chul is one of our favorite local spots to take in all things green or greenish at least, in this desert climate. 

If you havent already, its the perfect time of year to check out the gardens, additionally their fall plant sale is sure to inspire that green thumb.

 For more info go here https://tohonochulpark.org/sales-and-special-events/
and check out all the other good things happening at Tohono Chul.  Its a local treasure, to be sure! 


Just a reminder to help victims of any of the many recent natural  and not so natural disasters and tragedies around the world. Its overwhelming, to say the least, how many people have been affected and knowing how to and where to help can be challenging.
Here is an organization that makes giving intuitive:  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-maria-caribbean-relief-fund/
This is a  link to specifically help the communites in Puerto Rico, trying so desperately to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, but they make it easy to find an effective way to help communities in need all over the world.

Fabulous Fathers & Creative Escapes

June is the month that we celebrate DAD!  
As such, we are featuring a few of our favorite dad/makers and their products this month. We encourage you to come in and have a gander at all of the super fine gifting and card options for that special man.  MAST salutes all you rad dads, step-dads, abuelos and stand up father figures! 

Heads up that MAST will be on a short holiday from Sunday, July 23rd through Wednesday August 2nd. We will re-open with regular hours Thursday, August 3rd.
Stay tuned for summer specials, deals and new products!

John Leitch is an artist of rare caliber. His process is as precise as it is creative, painstaking in his path to creating the perfect piece, in whichever medium he is working on at the the moment.  John is prolific and is the sort that has had his hands in so many mediums, from pottery, to knife making, leather craft, and shaving implements.  MAST is happy to showcase his work in several of these.  Today, however, we focus on the shaving.  Meet John Leitch; our kind of guy.

Q: What is 1 of the top 3 ethics that you abide by in your craft?
A: Using high quality materials, fine craftsmanship, and having original designs.

 Q: As you reflect, what has been the consistent theme in your life?
A: My creative work has been a consistent theme in my life spanning the use of many different media including lapidary, the various noble metals, ceramics, wood, and tool alloy steel.

Q: What continues to elude you?
A: Obtaining a successful marketing strategy in order to expand sales nationally selling my work to a broader geographic range.

Q: What is the very first creation you remember making?
A: Making a soap carving using my pocket knife when I was in 4th grade.


Q: What are your top three necessities?

A: Motivation.  Lifelong learning.  Inspiration


Q: Who or what is the single greatest influence in your life?

A: The most important influence in my creative life were undergraduate and graduate classes in design, applied arts, and ceramics.


Photo by Becca Ranta

Photo by Becca Ranta

Byron Shaving Company Anodized Aluminum Razors and Brushes

One distinction of a good razor is the weight and John works hard to make sure his razors are weighted just right to give you the best shave. One of the many fine offerings made by John Leitch that we are proud to carry at MAST, available in multiple styles, these are built to last and easy to handle. Perfect for ladies and gents alike. Always in stock.

Y Studio Pens and Pencils

Y Studio is a Taiwanese design house that makes fine stationery artifacts (think pens, pencils, etc.) designed to last a lifetime. The hardware in their latest collection, Brassing, includes a ballpoint pen, sketching pencil and ruler all made out of brass, some of which that have been painted black. Over time, the paint will wear away to reveal the brass beneath in a completely unique way based on each user. If you’re not one for waiting, Y Studio also attaches a piece of sand paper to the product’s package that you can use to speed up the entire process. MAST also carries the Classic Brass line.

Y Studio Brassing Pens and Pencils currently available in store only.

Michael Ramirez Hand Forged Bronze Kitchen Tools

A sweet local dad,  who is also a fantastic craftsman,  Michael was inspired to make some spoons to feed his little one, which became a jumping off point for his metal craft. These pieces are both beautfiully functional and thoughtfully made.
Currently available in store.

The summers in the desert are often time for inside activities...such as viewing art. Here are some ways to stay cool and expand your creative horizons.

One of our favorite local gems, counter culture cheerleader and biographer, Tucson John,  is part of this group exhibition, and we wouldn't miss it for the world!  Come see what he captures in his exhibit Tucson Nights: After Dark in the Pueblo .

Opening reception and MOCA member’s preview will be held Saturday, 17 June 2017 from 7pm - 8pm with a public opening reception from 8pm-9pm. Food will be provided by Sonoran Mexican Cuisine and Sonoran Snoballs, with music by DJ Butta Fly. All exhibitions will run through 1 October.

For more info: https://www.moca-tucson.org/program/summer-exhibition-opening/

Danny Lyon: 
Present Future, the Silverman Museum Collection

Etherton Gallery
Opening Reception, Saturday, June 10th 7-10 PM
Show runs through August 31

In celebration of his career retrospective, Message to the Future, which opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2016, and travels to Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland and the Berlin Foundation, Germany in 2017, Etherton Gallery is pleased to present a survey of photographer Danny Lyon’s work.

For over 50 years Lyon has demonstrated a consistent engagement with social and political issues and concern for many of the people he photographed. The exhibition features vintage photographs from Silverman Museum Collection, some of which were featured in Lyon’s museum show. Present Future opens with a reception at 7 – 10 pm, Saturday June 10, 2017. Signed books will be available. 

For more info: http://www.ethertongallery.com/

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is making Phoenix its only North American stop on a world tour at the Heard Museum.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Show Runs through August 20, 2017

This exhibit offers a rare opportunity to see firsthand masterpieces by two of the most important and recognizable artists of the 20th century.
Thirty-three works by the famed Mexican artists, from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, are to be exhibited in the newly opened Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery through Aug. 20, 2017.  In addition, the exhibit includes more than 50 photographs taken by Edward Weston, Lola Álvarez Bravo and Frida Kahlo’s father, Guillermo Kahlo, among others. The exhibit also will feature clothing and jewelry of the style and region that Frida Kahlo chose to wear.
For more info: http://heard.org

Also, if you didn't make it already there's still time.  Tucson Botanical Gardens extends it's exhibit of New York Botanical Garden’s blockbuster exhibit: Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life.  This exhibit examines Kahlo’s work, life and influence through the lens of the plants and nature that surrounded her.  Tucson Botanical Gardens was selected as the only institution to receive this extraordinary exhibition designed by one of the world’s premier botanical gardens, the New York Botanical Garden. Additionally, the TBG is extending a welcome to dogs, for their Dog Days of Summer promotion, allowing patrons to bring their dogs along to stroll the gardens. 

For more info: https://www.tucsonbotanical.org/

Tasha's Inspiration + Spring Has Sprung

We’re looking forward to springtime, both for the perfect weather and the lifted spirit that seems to accompany it. We have some sweet new products coming in, and we are working on an exciting collaboration with a fantastic artist new to Tucson, which we will be announcing soon! 

Additionally, we will be announcing our Mothers Day campaign shortly, which will benefit mothers and children, globally.

Stay tuned, and in the meantime enjoy the weather, the creative
ju ju happening out there and all of the fantastic events that are happening around T-town this month!


"Smell was our first sense. It is even possible that being able to smell was the stimulus that took a primitive fish and turned a small lump of olfactory tissue on its nerve cord into a brain. We think because we smelled." – Lyall Watson

I dream a lot, vividly, in color and in sound and so often scent. Quite a few of my creative ideas have come from dreams. 
Lately, I feel so aware of the power of scent and what an impact this particular sense has on my mood, my dreams, and my creative source.  

I was born into a ranch family, so I've always had the good fortune to have one or two horses in my life. The smells associated with horses, barns, and leather tack are both a comfort and an inspiration to me. Leather, dirt, alfalfa, warm wood, fly spray, and the distinct smell of a horse after a long ride are smells that I absolutely love. 

Riding on my grandparents' desert ranch, surrounded by our indigenous Arizona plants, along with some more-recently introduced ones; the desert fauna and flora are deeply embedded in my scent memories as well. Creosote, sage, citrus blossoms, alfalfa grass, eucalyptus, and mint are all a big part of my childhood memories. 

The first non-nature based scent I remember loving was the summery tropical smell of Bain de Soleil tanning oil, which my mom used (liberally, if I remember correctly). It conjured up the smells, sounds, and scents of the beach, vacation, summer, and escape for me as a little girl and it still does. I continue to love that smell and all of the dreamy, beachy memories it brings back to me.

The first perfume I ever purchased was Ce Soir Ou Jamais by Annick Goutal. Turkish rose and ambrette seed are heavy hitters in this extremely feminine scent. I rationed it, and wore it for myself alone. There is a sense of discovery in finding a scent or a piece of jewelry that one can identify with.

The smell of clean sheets off the line...there is nothing more creatively renewing than falling into freshly washed sheets after a long day's work.

The distinctly spring-y smell of orange blossoms, grapefruit, cilantro, basil, the crisp scent of a gin and tonic, and a walk in the desert after a rainstorm all seem to be nose-y reminders of impending warmer weather, longer days, and creative happenings for me.

All of these evocative scents for me represent my signature style both outwardly and creatively. Not perfect, but naturally compelling and comfortable, like something that's always been a part of you.

Start the week off right. Shop at MAST!

MAST is open from 11-6pm on Mondays! 
Monday hours will continue through May; that makes us available 7 days a week for your shopping pleasure! 

Siempre Post Hoop Earrings

A small and simple hand-formed square wire post hoop in sterling silver or brass on a sterling post. Handmade by Tasha Bundy.
Available in store (online soon).

Indiosa Pillows

Leather & indigo pillows with feather inserts, made by Sofie Albertsen.
Available in store.

Diamond Kite

Go fly a kite!
Now in stock, 2 lovely styles of kite, durable, lovely and so fun-ctional, designed in Brooklyn by Haptic Lab.

Sip whiskey, eat good food, and listen to music all while you support progressive education.

Speak Easy, Give Greatly is the first annual fundraiser for The Idea School taking place Friday, April 28th 7pm-9pm at Hamilton Distillers, makers of Whiskey Del Bac.

The event will include a silent auction to help initiate our Mark Wasko Scholarship Fund.

Mellow and Mark were both board members of The Idea School as well as co-conspirators. They were conspiring to have a party at the distillery (which Mark helped to build out) to introduce their mutual communities to the Idea School.

Sadly, Mark passed away suddenly last summer before they could actualize their event together with the rest of the board.

So it is that we raise this event in honor of and tribute to the late Mark Wasko: a man who was ever so generous and always—we mean always—smiling. 

To PURCHASE TICKETSBECOME A SPONSOR , DONATE or find out more visit the IDEA SCHOOL website: explorebuildlearn.org

April 22, 2017
Members' VIP Champagne Preview, 6–6:30pm
Gala, 6:30pm–midnight

Tucson's Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates 20 years of evolution building a home for contemporary art in all of its forms.  

The Gala, also known as one of the best reasons to dress up, includes a full course dinner by Janos Wilder, drinks, and a silent auction.

For more info: moca-tucson.org/gala/


OPENING RECEPTION Friday, April 7  | 6 Pm – 9 pm
Running April 4 - April 30

TINY TOWN GALLERY, 408 N. 4th Ave, Tucson AZ 85705. 

 Tiny Town Gallery has invited visual artist Lex Gjurasic to install an art experience that will Stamp Out Reality! The exhibition is comprised of Gjurasic’s playful Styrofoam conceptual cactus sculptures that were created for and installed at the inaugural year of the Dusk Music Fest in Tucson last year and her strange levitating Otherworldly cut-out panel paintings that were previously on display at Tucson International Airport.

Says Gjurasic, “Stamp Out Reality! was a Vietnam era protest slogan on a button worn by my friend’s father. This phrase resonates even more so now more than ever in this time of infotainment, truthiness and alternative facts…why not get lost in the imagination of the artist?”

Find more info about Lex's work at lexgjurasic.com

Meet Your Maker No. 06 + Rad Spring Events!

Spring is almost upon us, and we are getting ready for the sweet season and forthcoming summer. This includes restocking existing staples, finding new pieces for the warmer weather and coming up with new designs in our all of our MAST made items.

Caleb Gutierrez
Artist, DJ, Action Maker

Have you met Caleb, our new shop-guy who is also a super rad artist, DJ, and action maker?  If not, you will find him helping out in the shop Mondays thru Wednesdays.  He has made time for MAST in his schedule and we are so glad to have him on the team! 

Caleb makes great art, DJs and has spearheaded an initiative to build a skate park under the underutilized underpass at Cushing St. at  I-10, which now has been green lit by both the City and ADOT.  He is now in the fundraising step of this great project and continues to find enthusiastic support. 

Additionally, you can pick up a few of Caleb's creations here at MAST, including the Iconic T- Town Tote, his DeGrazia Coloring Book, and various postcards featuring his work.

Connect to Caleb's artwork at desertdeerart.com and here. View Caleb's artwork in person at MOCA Tucson or Che's March 4th through May 31st, and in San Francisco at Mister Hydes Hair Salon through March.

Look for these upcoming shows:
Sat 4/29: I'll Be your Mirror, Andy Warhol's 8 Hour Empire at Exploded View Gallery
Sat 5/6: The Second Exploded View Altered Album Cover Show

Here's a little insight into what makes Caleb tick, creatively.

Q: What is 1 of the top 3 ethics that you abide by in your craft?
A: Being resourceful, Saving things to create something beautiful. Such as empty paint bottles, paper ,etc...

Q: As you reflect, what has been the consistent theme in your life?
A: Skateboarding! The life and culture.art.music.video. Definitely love that I can create something amazing and I can say it's the style I got from "Skateboarding" in the way I create. 

Q: What continues to elude you?
A: Enough time to create! I have to create something daily. 

Q: What is the greatest advice you’ve ever gotten?
A: "Continue being an artist, you will always be able to do whatever you want."  Richard Soligny

It's true, I look back at things I have done and seen, it's been G R E A T so far.

Q: What is the very first creation you remember making?
A: Age 6, cutting up old family pictures and National Geographics and making collages. 
In 2008, making my first string art piece of a bicycle in Seattle which is still in the bike shop at Belltown Pullapart.

Q: Who or what is the single greatest influence in your life?
A: Both of my parents. They met at ages 16 and 18 in Mexico, and are still together. 

It makes me happy that they have accomplished so much and that they chose to live in Oracle, AZ, where I grew up and my parents still live.

I'm just a small-town boy. 

Photography by Tucson John

Tucson John is a champion of humans and a lover of all things Tucson, as can be witnessed in his captivating photographs. He is also a style icon, to be sure, and one of the most genuinely kind and creative minded spirits you would ever care to meet. His photos can be seen here: https://www.instagram.com/tucsonjohn/

Tucson Totes

Tucson totes are available in store!

Start the week off right. Shop at MAST!

Beginning Monday, March 4th, MAST will be open from 11-6. 

Monday hours will continue through May; that makes us available 7 days a week for your shopping pleasure! 

We just got this incredible essential oil in that we are all crazy about, it works magic on the dry desert skin that comes along with winter in Tucson and is a great addition to the KH skincare that we LOVE. 

This secret weapon (which is built for ladies and gents alike) is a blend of 12 all-natural essential oils that are ecologically ethical and certified organic. As if that wasn't amazing enough, STEO can be used as a facial cleanser, nourishing face oil, frizz and split-end tamer, body oil, aromatherapy bath treatment, and a soothing post-shave remedy. Additionally,  It smells incredible, thanks to notable oils like ylang ylang, lemon, grapefruit, and rosewood. We're pretty sure that you will be equally obsessed. 

Hand Hammered Sterling Silver Bangles

Hand Hammered Sterling Silver Bangles, with or without recycled diamonds. Perfect alone or for stacking, great for daily wear. Handmade in Tucson by Sofie Albertsen.

Sterling Silver Bangles are available in store!

Redux Crowned Crane Necklace

You've seen the African Crowned Crane Necklace in a previous newsletter, and now we updated and streamlined the design with a new, different pendant style leather tassel. Available in multiple colors and 2 lengths. Handmade in Tucson by Tasha Bundy.

Fit Fest 2017, benefiting the Reid Park Zoological Society
Saturday, March 4 | 5–8pm

This Saturday, you will find the T in MAST at FIT FEST 2017 at the Reid Park Zoo, where she will be teaching, along with a number of other fitness instructors. This is the 3rd year of this fantastic fundraiser,  and it is a really special way to spend an evening: under the stars, working out in the Zoo, and knowing that your support is actually helping to create a better Zoo for the animals and our community. All of the proceeds from this wild event go directly into improving and creating new habitats for our exotic friends. 

This fun event is open to the public, and all ages and fitness levels are welcome. 

For more info or to purchase tickets, click here.

Sunday, March 12th at 191 Toole

Our punk rock roots are showing...

X, a band that we LOVE and have loved for more than half of our lifetimes, will be playing at 191 Toole on Sunday, March 12th. After 40 years as a band, X remains a force that inspires and seriously rules.  

Check them out here.

For tickets, click here

Tucson Festival of Books
March 11–12 | 9:30am – 5:30pm

We are big proponents of reading more, and lovers of books and literature. We recommend a literary adventure at the Tucson Festival of Books, where you can run into your favorite authors, pick up books for the entire family, and be inspired by what a fantastic event this is! 

For more info, go here.

Tohono Chul Plant Sale
Friday, March 18 | 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday, March 19 | 10 am – 4 pm

Cacti, Succulents, Wildflowers... SWOON... 
Want to pick up a little treasure to inspire this spring?
The Tohono Chul Plant Sale does not disappoint, with over 1,200 native and arid-adapted species of cacti, succulents, shrubs, trees, and flowers at your fingertips.

Happy New Year + Meet Your Maker No. 05


We wish you all a healthy, happy 2017. We are hoping that this year is better than the last. After all, it's the year of the Fire Rooster in Chinese Astrology, which is meant to be more fortuitous for most of us. Let us choose the light!

With a new administration, one which makes us more than a bit nervous, we want to encourage everyone to stay engaged in your community, stay aware, and be mindful. Listen to your neighbors, even if you don't fully embrace their ideas. Now, more than ever, we all need to listen more. 

"Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and the most dangerous thing for a society to be to be without." - William Sloane Coffin Jr.

We are thankful for this New Year and the great opportunities it offers us, and we look forward to celebrating with you throughout the year!

You may have seen this month's Maker No. 5 quietly sitting around your local coffee shop (particularly Presta) observing the surroundings in sketches.

Danny Martin, originally from rural Alabama, now resides in Tucson, Arizona, where he has made his distinctive mark all over town: either on walls, in ads, or in classrooms where he teaches screen printing at Pima College.

As a working artist, Danny pays the bills with art shows, illustrations, and commissions.  

MAST is happy to carry Danny's current offerings: Cowgals & Dudes Coloring Book and Tucson Neon Coloring Book.  We're also looking forward to an impending new release centered around Route 66!

Here's a look at his artistic practice and inspirations:

Q: What do you want to stop. start. continue… doing?
A: I need to travel more...

Q: What is 1 of the top 3 ethics that you abide by in your craft?
A: Don't do work with/for people/businesses you don't like/respect. 

Q: What is the very first creation you remember making?
A: I remember making cut and paste drawings on colored construction paper....mainly of the mutants that would battle Voltron...this would have been when I was 5 or so...

Q: What are your top three necessities?
A: Books, art supplies, and free time.

Q: What have you been listening to while you work most recently?
A: Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristofferson, Karima Walker...I also throw on The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly soundtrack from time to time...

Q: Who or what is the single greatest influence in your life?
A: Growing up in a rural area...and maybe my parents' record collection..haha.

Photography by Tucson Street Portraits

You can see more work here: 
Tucson Street Portraits (@tucsonstreet)

Danny Martin's Cowgals and Dudes Coloring Book

Coloring books are available in store!

Thanks to everyone who came to our Lucky 7 Anniversary Party!

It was awildly fun night, and thanks to your support we raised $572.00, which we donated to the International Rescue Committee.

Go here to find out more about what this great organization does, both in our community and around the world.  

This month we are featuring a few things to help keep you and your little ones cozy during the chillier winter months.

Cozy up and enjoy!

Vintage Indian Kantha Quilts

These are one of our favorite staples, which we always have in stock, but we just got a new shipment in and there are some treasures! 

Handmade from colorful, vintage cotton saris, these are the yummiest, most lovely way to get cozy on a cool night. Perfect for Tucson in any season.

Kids Polish Sheepskin Slippers

We have these in limited sizes, and wish that we had them in our sizes too, but these will keep those little toes nice and warm, even on the chilliest noche.

Ellie Fun Day Baby Line

We are so thrilled to offer these useful and super lovely pieces, made with organic cotton. These simple, sweet baby hats, bibs, swaddles, burp cloths, and quilts are great for the little ones in your life.

This month we encourage you to get out & explore these exhibitions happening right here in Tucson!

Frida Kahlo Exhibition at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

"Tucson Botanical Gardens is honored to host the New York Botanical Garden’s blockbuster exhibit: Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life. This exhibit examines Kahlo’s work, life and influence through the lens of the plants and nature that surrounded her.  Tucson Botanical Gardens was selected as the only institution to receive this extraordinary exhibition designed by one of the world’s premier botanical gardens, the New York Botanical Garden.

The centerpiece of Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life is the recreation of the gardens that Frida Kahlo maintained in her home in Mexico City: La Casa Azul.  Great care was taken to present the plants, colors and forms that were such an important source of inspiration to Kahlo.  Included in the installation is the Meso-American-inspired pyramid that Diego Rivera built in the central courtyard of Casa Azul.  This replica is used to showcase a diverse collection of cacti and succulents native to the deserts of Mexico and the Southwestern United States." —Tucson Botanical Gardens

The exhibition runs through May 31, 2017, but why not explore the gardens during these 60-degree-and-sunny Tucson winter days?

Chris Lasch & Terrol Dew Johnson | Meeting the Clouds Halfway
Miranda Lichtenstein | Sound & Noise
JPW3 | Sleep Never Rusts

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Tucson

The current exhibitions at MOCA Tucson end on January 29th, so make sure to check them out before then! Every last Sunday of the month is FREE at MOCA; join us on Sunday 1/29 for a day full of contemporary art. 

Photography by Maya Heilman-Hall for MOCA Tucson


We're taking a little holiday and MAST will be closed from Sunday, July 3rd to Wednesday, July 13th. We will re-open with our regular hours on Thursday, July 14th. This is a great time to shop at www.ilovemast.com or, if you have a shopping emergency, email us at info@ilovemast.com for a private appointment.

What's Inspiring Mellow This Month...

I do love clean and simple, and often live by its rule, but I think my spirits elevate when I do pieces with fun color combinations. Color can be so dynamic and evocative. 

A great example of this is found in the Tuareg tribes of the Sahara region. They are incredibly creative leather workers, and they’re a matriarchal society (it doesn’t hurt my appreciation. I'm just scratching the surface on that book).

Seeing a Tuareg bag in person is so inspiring, there is so much detail in every piece. They look and feel organic and manage to still have an elegance while being unrefined.

There are many nomadic tribes in this part of the world sharing colorful ornate decoration in their everyday lives. I've always loved this dramatic and colorful self-decoration.

The other side of the colorful tribal inspiration is the simple code of well-made, functional, and beautiful.

One who has been a steady inspiration to me in this way is Toyo Gilman from Dark Star Leather.  Toyo has been crafting leather by hand for 40 years here in Tucson. He makes more belts these days than bags, but those who know or own his work covet it. His “Classic Bags,” as he refers to them, are well-made, beautifully crafted, and timeless. He cuts all his intricate patterns by hand still, often accepting repair jobs of his own pieces from twenty years ago. Dark Star bags are maintained not replaced.

I recently visited him hoping to glean some wisdom of the process, like so many before me. What I confirmed is...it’s long. It’s laborious. It’s addictive. You know that you can expedite the process, but then you feel like you’re cheating. There’s something in the truth of handmade.

Below are a few recent additions...

This summer heat is keeping us all inside and working hard on new product, so throughout the summer we will all have new offerings from our design collectives. In the meantime, check out some of the super rad new items that we are obsessed with this month! 

Tuareg Tassel Keychains
Mellow found these incredible leather tassels, which are handmade by the Saharan Tuareg Tribe, and has been adding them to some of her clutches. She is now offering them as super special key-chains as well, but these are limited edition, so snap one up while they last!

We LOVE the Lovelane kids line, which turns your little one into a super duper super-hero with the clip of a beautifully hand-crafted cape, cuffs, and super cool soft helmet that would do even Batman proud.

We now have 3 Tucson-made coloring books in stock and ready for those lines to be filled in. Danny Martin's Tucson Neon, and two from Caleb Gutierrez: Color the King, ElvisPresley and the super sweet De Grazia Coloring Book. These make a great gift or offer a lovely way to pass some time with some guided creativity this summer.

Form meets function with the gorgeous new ceramic wear from Salt and Earth Ceramics. These are so special, mimicking the unique shape and color of mussels, and are available in a range of sizes for a variety of uses.

We are so thankful that these glorious monsoons are upon us a little earlier than normal, because the heat this summer seems even more brutal than usual. We do love the pace of Tucson in the summer, though. Despite the relentless heat we want to offer a few suggestions of fun ways to get out of the house without suffering heat stroke.  

Every Saturday until September 3rd, The Sonoran Desert Museum hosts Cool Summer Nights. The desert comes alive at night as nocturnal animals awake. Bats perform aerial acrobatics in pursuit of dinner, beavers splash around in their pond, and scorpions glow green under black light.

Another fantastic way to stay cool this summer, in every sense of the word, is to check out the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (MOCA Tucson) for Night Time Concerts throughout the summer months. Tucson has a fantastic music scene and MOCA lifts creativity up in so many ways, including by spotlighting local talent in its many platforms.

Stay cool, Tucson. MAST is always air conditioned, so although we will be on a short holiday from Sunday, July 3–Wednesday, July 13, come in for a visit and to cool off once we return from our lil ol' break.

Meet Your Maker No. 02 + What's New for June

We're taking a little holiday and MAST will be closed from Sunday, July 3rd to Wednesday, July 13th. We will re-open with our regular hours on Thursday, July 14th. This is a great time to shop at www.ilovemast.com or, if you have a shopping emergency, email us at info@ilovemast.com for a private appointment.

Lesli Wood Peterson
Founder of La Curie

We are so pleased to raise our glasses and toast our dear friend, fellow maker, and straight up badass: Lesli Wood of La Curie Perfume. Lesli was recently honored as the winner of The Art and Olfaction Award in the Artisan Category. She is a fantastic perfumer, and has devoted herself to creating the unique and addictive scents that make up La Curie. We adore her and we are so glad that she was honored with this highly-coveted and respected award. Here's a little insight into what makes this local treasure tick:

Q: As you reflect, what has been the consistent theme in your life?
I’ll do it my way.  I’m not trying to be rebellious, I’m just quirky and have my own way of doing things.

Q: If you were not a perfumer what would you be?
If I wasn’t a ‘maker’ at all, I would be working at a museum or non-profit.

Q: What is the greatest advice you’ve ever gotten?
The greatest advice is whatever my mom says…and we talk a LOT.  

Q: What is the perfect Monday in your work world? 
I love Mondays!  A perfect Monday is sending out perfume orders from the weekend web sales and receiving packages of samples to sniff for future scents.
Q: What are your top three necessities?
Double espresso on ice with half & half, friends and family, and a great soundtrack for all of it.

Q: What have you been listening to while you work most recently? 
When I’m not listening to KXCI or Downtown Radio, I’ve been Pandora-ing a Donovan station. It’s nice and chill and familiar.

Photography by Tucson John. Tucson John is a photographer specializing in capturing the beauty and creative beauties of Tucson. 
Contact him at tucsonjohn12@gmail.com.

Speaking of Tucson John, Lesli turned the camera on him to model one of our newest items! Check out what's new in the store for the month of June...

Boys will be boys. They will play ‘boy’ games.
Moms will be moms. They will say ‘mom’ things.
Somewhere in the middle, we meet.

When my son walked up and gave me this drawing as a gift, I completely melted.
He still plays boy games, but he’s reminded of the real power of guns and war by an un-relenting mom.
And now, this tee...

Graphic by Baltazar Lund, age 6

$2 will be donated to the SAACA Veterans Art Program from the sale of each shirt.
Printed in Tucson, AZ, in collaboration with Joel Leshefka & Krysta Jabczenski.

The super sweet father-daughter team that make up Little Lux are the perfect example of a real rad papa and a super girl boss team. 

When Riley was little, John began collecting vintage jewelry for her, thinking she might eventually want to wear it for dress up. This idea blossomed into a jewelry line for him, which Riley took an interest in. With her dad's help and encouragement, she started her own line called Little Lux, of which she is now Creative Director. The Tiger Lily Squash Blossom Wood Bead Necklace is one of Riley's creations, and we are so pleased to have it in MAST, for little ones—and adults too!

Let's get cooking! It was a reasonably gentle start to summer, but now we've reached blistering temperatures in the triple digits. Consider how difficult it must be for the homeless to endure these Tucson summers. We are big fans of finding ways to help the community out this summer (or anytime at all). Here are two organizations that we think are a great asset, as well as a few ways that you can get involved.

Workship is an incredible organization that gathers and teaches their volunteers to feed and give resources to Tucson's homeless every Sunday, and also works with some of Tucson's top chefs.

Primavera Cooks is another fun way to give back while learning under one of Tucson's many fantastic chefs. We love that these fine chefs value everyone in their community enough to give their time to such worthy causes!

Meet Your Maker & Giving Back

We are happy to introduce a new bi-monthly feature in our journal, Meet Your Maker. Here, you'll get the inside scoop on some of our favorite vendors and what rocks their worlds. We are also teaming up with some of Tucson's great photographers, who will be taking time to capture our vendors through their respective lenses; we will give you a little intro to each of them and their craft as well. Enjoy!

Kaelen Johnson
Founder of Pure Aesthetics Natural Skincare School & Kaelen Harwell Organic Skincare

Kaelen Johnson is a truly inspiring gal. She is an unstoppable business woman, and all around lovely lady. She somehow embodies both pure ambition with the sweetest humility and goodness. She recently launched her new, organically-harvested skincare line, Kaelen Harwell Natural Skincare, which we all use and love. We are honored to be carrying a selection of this fantastic line at MAST.

Q: As a child, what seemed the most out of reach to you? How does it seem today?
A: I think I have to say being in charge of something i.e. running my own businesses. I love being my own boss but I still have a hard time when my employees call me their "boss". Although it's ultimately me that makes a final decision, I value my employee's opinions and think it's important that they feel empowered too. 

Q: What is 1 of the top 3 ethics that you abide by in your craft?
A: In this day and age we're subjected to many toxins. I feel it's so important to use high-quality ingredients that are free of carcinogens. It blows me away that in the US personal care ingredients are not more regulated.

Q: As you reflect, what has been the consistent theme in your life?
A: Perseverance. I don't give up easily.

Q: What continues to elude you?
A: Organization. A business advisor once saw my desk and said, "oh I see you're a creative person."

Q: If you were not the founder of Pure Aesthetics Natural Skincare School and Kaelen Harwell Organic Skincare, what would you be?
A: A backup singer, if someone would hire me.

Q: What is the very first creation you remember making?
A: When I was a kid I used to like to make mud pies. I remember someone once told me that mud was good for your skin… I guess that inspired me to move from pies to masks. 

Q: What are your top three necessities?
A: Au Natural lip gloss. Vegan food from Tumerico. Strawberry Synergy Kombucha. 

Q: What have you been listening to while you work most recently?
A: Carla Morrison, Eleni Mandell, and David Bowie

Photography by Sloane Ehnat, Film Photographer & Make-Up Artist specializing in intimate portraiture, personal, and professional branding. Sloane is super excited about her newest project, exploring love and intimacy!


Since we are focusing on non-profits and the community this springtime, we thought we would show you a couple of our pieces that benefit Tucson non-profits that we are crazy about.

Our Perfect Cut Blouse, is just that...perfect...to wear with jeans or a skirt, to dress up or down. We know the value of a versatile and simple piece in our wardrobes. This is what the Perfect Cut Blouse inhabits, speaking to a wide variety of women. Made in limited edition runs of gorgeous silk, cotton, linen and rayon (and available in our brick & mortar store), the blouse is a collaboration between Mellow Dawn, her mother Debbie Barrett, and her aunt Marty McCrea. A motley crew, to be sure.

Sofie Albertsen’s My Heart Belongs In Tucson Compass Necklace is a piece that Sofie modified a year and a half ago when we were having an in-store raffle to support Youth on Their Own. Sofie took her solid sterling Heart Compass Necklace and engraved Tucson inside a banner, with an arrow piercing it. On the flip side sits a working vintage Japanese compass. Perfect to point you back to where your heart is...Tucson, obviously. 

We’re confident that both of these pieces are made even more alluring by the fact that all of post production profit benefits Tucson's Idea School, an independent K-8 school focused on student inquiry and social-emotional development. The Idea School develops critical thinkers, problem solvers, and productive, engaged citizens. A school promoting an education a child can love can’t be over-estimated. 

Tucson Gives! April is a time for renewal, clearing the way for the coming seasons, and creating growth within our community. With that in mind, we would like to illuminate a few of the many local non-profits that we love and what they offer to the community. The two that we are highlighting are having fundraising events during the month of April, so it seemed appropriate to make these non-profits our focus this month.

This Tuesday is Arizona Gives Day, so be sure to donate to your favorite causes! We happily donate to all of these groups, and are so proud that they are part of what makes Tucson so special. 

Firstly, MOCA Tucson, our local Museum of Contemporary Art. 

MOCA brings our local creative community together in a very special way. We LOVE them and their vision for Tucson.

Inside Scoop: Each of us has donated a very special, custom designed piece for their upcoming gala on April 16th.

*All photos courtesy of MOCA Tucson. 

Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT) has had a huge impact on our community, offering equine therapy to Veterans and children with PTSD, TBI, and other devastating physical and emotional disabilities, along with many other people in need. 

Their annual fundraiser gala is April 9th at Loews Ventana Canyon. 

Please check out these great local non-profits, and/or do some research and find a charitable group that rocks your world. It feels so good to be a part of making things better.

XO from the MAST girls!