As you may know, we three are all makers, but we are moms first and foremost. Thus, this motherly month of May, we want to give all mamas, in all their many forms, a loud and loving shout out! Let's all try to help all mothers, both near and far. Read on to find out how we are honoring moms, as well as other May events, goodness and things not to be missed.
Meet Mark Mitchell, who, along with his partner Kurt and dog Gloucester, is a recent transplant to Tucson via Seattle. He is a prolific creator of truly exquisite textile arts, sculpture and other visual and tactile beauty. Additionally, he is a genuinely lovely human and a welcome addition to T town! Heres a little glimpse into what makes this maker tick...
Q: As a child, what seemed the most out of reach to you?
A: I wanted more than anything to be an artist. My oldest brother was my hero; he was a very glamorous hippie artist when I was a little boy. It seemed impossible that I would ever reach his level of artistry. How does it seem today? I’ve achieved more as an artist than I ever thought would be possible both in scope of the work that I have done and in the kind attention I’ve received as a result of it. I owe a lot to my brother’s influence — he introduced me to Tucson and the Southwest when I was very young. He lived here in the early 70’s and would come home looking so glam in incredible native jewelry and wonderful clothes, with photographs of adobe homes and desert landscapes. It got to me early.
Q: What is 1 of the top 3 ethics that you abide by in your craft?
A: I keep learning new techniques. When I start a new project, I almost always design it using a technique I’m not versed in so that I’ll have to master that technique to make the work. It keeps the everything fresh and I’m always adding to my arsenal that way. Of course it takes forever when you have to stop and learn how to make traditional haute couture silk flowers, but I made that one easy on myself by designing a dress covered in silk flowers, teaching a class on the techniques I had learned, then finally making large artworks with them.
Q: As you reflect, what has been the consistent theme in your life?
A: The urge to create has been with me as long as I can remember.
Q: What is the perfect Monday in your work world?
A: I get up at sunrise, make coffee, walk the dog, feed the birds and I’m usually ready to start by 7:30 AM. I’ve had the weekend off, so whatever I was working on last will reveal itself more clearly to me — anything that needs to be refined, or whether it’s looking better than I had thought. I eat lunch early, then finish work around three. Then I siesta for an hour or so before I do any gardening or start dinner. Two cocktails, max, and early to bed!
Q: What is the very first creation you remember making?
A: Ha! I was in kindergarten or the first grade when my mother gave me two large paper bags to draw on and I crayoned them into costumes for Betty Rubble and Wilma Flintstone. Eyebrows were raised, not for the first time.
Q: What are your top three necessities?
A: My partner, my dog, and my coffee.
Mark Mitchell works in contemporary art, fashion, and costume design. He is the subject of the award winning documentary film titled Mark Mitchell (https://vimeo.com/61071067). His large work, the performance and exhibition Burial, at the Frye Art Museum in 2013 was a critical and popular success. Recent residencies include The CEL Residency at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, and a 5 month research and production residency at The New Foundation Seattle. He continues to develop his new group of sculptures, Burial 2, concerning racism and mass incarceration. He recently showed works from Burial in a solo exhibition in Beirut, Lebanon, and is in continuing collaboration with choreographer Ali Charour based there. His work is in museum and private collections. Recent fashion and home furnishing work is available at itsmarkmitchell.com.
Additionally, you can find The Metallica Pillow, Mark's recent collaborative effort with MAST in store now.
Photo by Darren Clark
Darren can name any desert plant by it's latin name, works on movie sets, hates bad lighting and is a former Napkin. He also has a very bitchin' design company with his partner, Gary, responsible for making Arizona interesting again.
The fantastic Mark Mitchell collaborated with us on these beauties. Vintage Nigerian pastel Aso OkeTextiles are filled with goose down and embellished with metallic leather fringe. Available in store and online.
Shop at MAST Mothers Day Weekend, Friday May 12 thru Sunday May 14th.
30% of profits from all sales will help UNICEF advocate for the rights of children-no matter where they come from. Additionally, we will be offering bubbly to celebrate moms and those who love them all weekend long!
Tiny hands givin' some big love. One of a kind, this ring has an 8mm ruby with 18K gold setting and sterling silver. Engraved band set with three recycled diamonds is 18K gold. Size 7 1/2. Made by Sofie Albertsen.
Now in stock, a perfect little treat for the mamas..
All natural and super yummy, Olio e Osso Lip and Cheek Balm, in five sweet shades to keep those summer lips supple and lovely. Hand poured in Portland, OR. To read more interesting stuff click here.
We encourage you to check out these two great, local shopping/community events that we love.
This Saturday and Sunday, May 6th & 7th, join us at the Mercado San Agustin for the Annual Spring Bazaar. There will be a bounty of regional makers, curators of vintage wares and purveyors of fine foods. MAST will have expanded hours, so shop on friends, and keep it local.
Our friends at CULTIVATE Tucson are having another pop up market, Saturday May 20, and though we won't be selling at this one, we will be there to shop some of our favorite local makers and support this great community of artists and business owners. For more info on this great event, go here: http://www.cultivatetucson.com
Follow up your day at Cultivate with what is sure to be an engaging and ethereal experience.
Threshold: Sonoran Sea , described as an immersive multi-channel video installation by Nika Kaiser, debuts, for one night only, at the Steinfeld Warehouse, May 20th from 6pm - 10pm.
Set in coastal Sonora at the meeting of ocean and desert, a narrative of human and animal transference takes place as viewers move through projections that situate them at the surreal threshold between water and land.