The Whisper of Spring

“Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. “~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” ~Robin Williams

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” ~ Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard’s Egg

And here we are. Enjoying these moments of seeing the happy daffodils and crocus peering up through the newly fallen snow. Such a happy site. The past and present culminating at once.

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Energetically, I personally don’t feel as wiped out from the hibernation we never really got due to the unusual winter season we endured. The days seemed longer, the climate certainly milder, the fear of slipping on black ice nearly non existent. I guess it’s a great time to be in New England. Embracing it, and letting go of my own expectations for that dramatic snow storm never experienced. Time to move on! Smell the flowers, embrace the buds sprouting on all of the bushes and trees. What a sight!

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Spring time is also a time of year when we begin to feel stale from the colder months we have just endured. Color is the perfect antidote. Perhaps giving a room a new fresh coat of color can help, a new scarf, a rather juicy piece of new healing gemstone jewelry from Nymph. These are all ideas that will help elevate your soul, not to mention your look and mood. The piece above reflects one of my new Lariat Style Necklaces. I created this for versatility, ease, uniqueness, color and for the healing properties included in each little piece. These are all natural stones. Uncut, not tumbled, just their organic pure selves.

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And there they are. Dancing with delight on their sterling silver chains. They are light, airy, colorful, healing and decorative while creating a statement. The blues are all Fluorite, the Autumnal tones are all various Garnets, and the clear facets are Herkimer Diamonds, the clear ascension stone. All of the above offer healing properties. You may check my Etsy site for details. Also please note. I am working on my own site, and hope to have it up and running soon. But I will share, building a web site is no picnic! It’s tedious and time consuming. I think the rewards will be worth it. I’ll have the ability to offer more than what Etsy limits me to sell. I just need to maintain patience through this along with the daily goals it takes to continue to roll out this site. Stay tuned.

I’d like to thank all that came to support Matsu during the LILITH Trunk Show last weekend. I realize many of you were dying to see this wonderful designer once again, and hadn’t since the Newbury Street location closed a few years back. Ironically, I was approached by another new designer that I discovered while at Coterie, scouting new ideas for fall. We will be holding a SHOSH NEW YORK Pop Up Shot at Matsu in April for 10 days only! Watch for details.  Spring stock  available to purchase.

IMG_2333The look is a bit more relaxed, looser, feminine with a little boy twist, silks, linen, cotton.

I am excited to share this collection with you and hope you can make it down Route 20 into Sudbury for a couple hours or a couple of minutes! Flexible hours enabling you to visit.

Happy Spring 2016! Until we meet again,

I remain yours in joy & style,

Dava

The Treasures of Autumn

The light of day has altered considerably this month. I see darkness dip into the evening earlier and earlier. The true onset of autumn, begins, exposing what the following months will portray.IMG_0088 Crisper days approach, as we begin to notice the vivid reds, oranges, and golds of autumn and how they naturally paint the lingering trees. The leaves begin to fall on the ground, leaving trails of intense colors behind. The sounds of walking through the leaves is so reminiscent of child hood, sparking a sense of freedom from within.  Having the privilege of enjoying these nuances the treasures found and discovered during this season  can be inspiring and invigorating. These are places where creativity has the opportunity to emerge. The photo above and below are a real place, taken as the sun begins to set. The little white shape barely visible beneath is a swan. Her white feathers creating such a graceful contrast to the vivid tones in nature.IMG_0107Color is always around us. It has many psychological effects on our moods, emotions, attitude and behavior. Two main  categories of how this works is simple. Warm and cool colors.  The tones you see in the photo above can spark emotions ranging from warmth and passion, to possible hostility and anger. These warm tones of oranges, reds, yellows and gold are stimulating colors.IMG_0094 These colors are often associated with food and have the ability to enhance your appetite. The colors of fall, as intense as they can be, are so welcoming as the temperatures drop. Wearing these tones also help us to mentally stay warm despite waking to 41 degree temperatures in the morning. Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 12.05.50 PMAs I mentioned wearing these colors, the similarity in nature and my necklace are obvious!  I created this multi strand necklace using  hessionite garnet strands  and contrasted it with rich olive wood. Sort of like the bark from the trees and the leaves dangling gracefully as they await their turn to drop to the ground, covering what previously lies there. See the combination below. Earthy, with a touch of glamour and warmth.IMG_7152Triple strand necklace with 2 Hessionite Garnet strands, ranging from deep brick, to  golden-yellow tones. The olive wood off sets the gemstones by adding density, earth and grounding to this piece. Sterling silver vintage beads are dispersed throughout the deep rich wood. This marvelous oval pendant culminates all of the tones in this necklace. Measuring about 2″ in length, the healing properties of this Pietersite stone pendant connects you to your own internal guidance system, aiding in life’s changes.IMG_7149Pietersite. Tempest stone holding the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven by linking the spiritual realm with everyday living, dispelling illusion and assisting in the recognition of the beauty of the soul. Pietersite offers a mixture of both warm as well as cooler tones within the stone, and this one above is clearly the warmer version, keeping on trend with the subject in this blog journey; Autumnal tones. The necklace is  available at my shop, MATSU. Come on in and try it on!

Transitioning into my next topic, please allow me to  present another autumnal vision. Starshaped moss as the bed, with  vivid leaves lying on top of a natural state of beauty. Those brightly colored leaves are dancing on the moss.

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Yes, you wanted me to replicate my perfume, but instead, after a 4.5 month study, research and experimenting, I am proud and pleased to present:  ‘d a v a ‘.  the Candle.  See the freshly poured production in the photo directly below. Next step: packaging. Can not wait to share the end product with you!IMG_0915This project has been one  major creative feat. From the unusual mixture,  balancing the layers of these components,  deciding on the color of the end product, and the packaging. Distributed through Eastern Accent, available in fine boutiques and salons throughout the United States, available for shipping to you directly from MATSU. $58.00 each, 60 hour burn time. Pure soy candle. They will be in store in time for late Autumn and the Holidays. Just another treasure in the day of the life of beauty.

I will be hosting a special Tarot Event next Sunday, October 18. See invite below. This is a unique opportunity which I am happy to share, and yes it too is an Autumnal treasure.Please contact me with any questions, or Diane Fraser to set up an appointment.     Matsu.TarotCardReading2Matsu.TarotCardReading2

It’s the little treasures in life that keep sparks in our heart, and vigor in our step.Please enjoy this  colorful season as nature offers her warm palette of  hues and scents.

Lastly,  are you feeling like you have nothing to wear? Closet filled with items but nothing seems to feel good on, or goes with anything else?Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 2.59.05 PM

The best way to really prepare yourself and your  wardrobe for this and the upcoming season is by having your wardrobe and closet edited. Yes, it’s confronting. Yes it’s tedious. Yes it is necessary. Yes, it is liberating. Once you decide, you won’t understand why you waited so long! Best money invested ever. I guarantee it. No job is too big. Please contact me for further information. My cell is 617.510.6369. or simply email me. dava@davamuramatsu.com

Enjoy this colorful season while nature performs.

Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you at MATSU soon.

Yours in warmth & joy,

Dava

Summer Jubilee in July

Upon the start of  writing this blog post, I heard the soft pitter- patter  of  Summer’s rain, as it hit  the nearby ground and roof surfaces. It’s always a refreshing sense to hear, feel and see amidst the perpetual heat. Nature needs the water, as do our own bodies. As a result of rain, Earth is replenished, blooms flourish. I welcome the grey skies, it gives me permission to relax indoors and go about my chores what ever the bucket list of them is at that time. Sort of like an abbreviated snow day, during this wonderful sunny summer. Still, I feel the calm the rain brings, and simply love it among the misty skies of grey.  On this rainy day,I accidentally happened to have created this design with a water bottle. The little nuances nature provides. Serendipity.FullSizeRenderHad I not been fully present, I would have yanked the Poland Spring bubbly bottle off the counter of slate, placed it back into the fridge and missed this beauty. Note the clear reflections in the distinct shapes of water.

I honestly don’t know what it is about water that  soothes so much. Gentle  harmony, perhaps?

The sounds of a waterfall, the beauty of the brook babbling over small and large rocks, the resonating tone of the ocean waves crashing down upon one another.  We are surrounded by these innate sounds and acts of nature.. which I  especially  notice not living in the city, any more. I find respite from these natural performances. I am not really sure how it is possible,  having type A personality, I can decompress so very quickly at the beach. It never fails to disappoint. Ever!

I share a photo from one of my several excursions this summer on the Plum. Plum Island, that is. It’s a smaller beach than the vast beauty at Crane, in Ipswich, but I rather fancy the intimacy here. The sand is darker and coarser. I leave completely rejuvenated. Always.IMG_8923It is unfortunate, however that the glory of the summer months on the North Shore is rather abbreviated from mid July to nearly mid August. Why?  Beasts of the North East. That’s why. What am I referring to? Greenheads. That’s what.  The ground of salt marsh is springy, sort of like walking on a lumpy trampoline. Water oozes through the tufts of matted grass. Apart from an occasional deer, assorted birds, turtles maybe an otter, the Greenheads dominate this territory. They are very hungry, and their main source of desire is the blood from humans. Not a pleasant situation. They are so determined and can make your vacation a nightmare. Nothing can keep them away. Deet which is one of the primary ingredients in bug spray won’t do the trick either. The stuff is bad enough for your skin, but honestly? It won’t work.Screenshot 2015-07-13 13.47.35Despite the beautiful intense emerald-green head stay away!  Time to head to the beaches on the South Shore. You have been warned.

On a delicious note: Look at the yummy treat I had the privilege of trying this weekend. Small  delectable chunks of parmesan and romano cheeses. Drizzled with honey, and sprinkled with fresh black pepper. Creating this dish is so easy, The longer it sits at room temperature, the more flavor with each bite. Serve with olives, and crusty Italian or French bread. Perhaps even a strawberry.IMG_9012It is such a joy experimenting with the flavors this season has to offer. Colorful berries are bursting with flavor. They just are ready to be picked and served. They really do want to “show off” their magnificent vividness right now. A very dear friend mentioned  of blackberries, and peaches. I took it upon myself to experiment with this colorful contrast and created a salad. I added baby arugula, mozzarella balls and fresh chives. Look at this beautiful bounty. I substituted white balsamic for red wine vinegar. IMG_9027A lovely, light, yet provocative vinaigrette.  Using Country Style Dijon, salt, pepper, and 1/3 cup olive oil that I had sautéed with fresh chopped shallots. These little devils simply swam in the olive oil on high, the moment they began to burst, I removed from the heat. In the mixer, goes the mustard, about 5 tablespoons of vinegar, salt, pepper, a dash of oregano. Then whisk in the olive oil permeated with shallots.IMG_9022 Doesn’t the golden color look inviting?  This salad dressing is light and can be used on a bevy of summer dishes.

The next photo reflects a tomato dish that I created last summer, and each time I make it, there is another revision. Cooking to me is rather like painting. It’s all about how I feel at that given moment, for what will predominate the dish. This one has oodles of chopped in half Cherub tomatoes in red and golden-yellow, chopped celery, chopped English cucumber, chopped fresh chives, capers, ground lemon rind from the whole lemon. The “dressing” is nothing but olive oil, once again with chopped garlic this time. I heat about 1/4 cup of olive oil, chop about 5 garlic cloves finely, and then heat it all. Once again, as the garlic begins to dance with the heat, in the pan, I pull from the burner. The results, I have discovered, are best when refrigerating upon finish, then pulling out about 30 minutes before you are ready to serve. Gorgeous!IMG_9033As we meander through mid summer, which I’d rather not end, find myself having to tolerate the sounds of the low humming compressor from all air conditioners everywhere I go. I don’t like them, use them or need it. I do look forward to air peace. The constant drone of the noise drives me utterly crazy. It fills my head with noise, and causes irritability. I  regretfully  admit.  Yes, perhaps that noise and the Greenheads are my biggest complaint about the summer months.  Hark! I peer outside my window in the evening, then run outdoors briefly to join the Fireflies. Any temporary discomfort I tune into,  fade as I dance amidst their magnificent symphonic light.  Mid Summer’s Night Dream: Fire Flies in July.Screenshot 2015-07-13 21.34.40

I do look forward to crisp air.  In my industry, July is the last of relaxation, in a sense, since it’s the precursor to Autumn.  Several capsule collections will be in store by end of August, beginning September. I truly am excited about this. Woman can not survive on gems alone. They certainly help, however in more ways than just one. A verbal tease of what’s to come; Rich Edwardian Velvet from Lilith, Sexy embellished bags from Jamin Puech, architectural taffeta from Matthildur, deep jewel tones from Majestic, frivolity from Lunn, to name a few. The photo below represents a piece from Icelandic designer, Matthildur. Just love her wearable taffeta fabrics! Her designs and fabrics really are movement inspiring.Screenshot 2015-07-13 15.13.44

I’ve been busy designing jewelry this summer. In my past blog journey posts, I usually discuss the stone of the month, this one being Ruby; July’s birthstone. However, we all know how in love with rubies I am, but I felt the urge to share something new. Upon several personal requests from clients, I am pleased to announce an edition to Nymph: Herkimer Diamond earrings. See description below.Herkimer Diamond EarringsIMG_6718These earrings are suspended on an 18k gold ear wire. They measure approximately 1/2″. As stated above, no two are alike, but I have calibrated the pair to become one in harmony with each other.
Herkimer Diamonds are actually crystal quartz, but their facets unique. They imbue the sense of diamonds. These raw quartz crystals are mined exclusively in Herkimer County, NY. They are believed to be nearly 500 million years old, each stone has naturally formed with eighteen facets, six sides, and two points (double terminated). While they are not actually diamonds, they earned this nickname for their diamond-like shapes. The diverse crystals come with a number of mystical inclusions, which add to their value and character. Each stone is uniquely formed.  Herkimer Diamonds are ascension stones; they will take you to the highest spiritual vibration possible while still being in your physical body. This stone energizes, enlivens and promotes creativity. They enhance telepathy, and memory. Herkimer Diamond is a detoxification stone. If you click on the link above the photo, it will take you directly to the site to purchase. You can also find them at my shop, MATSU. Check Facebook for summer hour revisions. IMG_8828

The little lace frock shown above is a wonderful accessory to wear over just about anything. It’s cropped swing shape is flattering. I truly look forward to sharing the Capsule Collections I have on order, which will begin to appear late August. From Lilith, I fell in love with this Edwardian Blue Velvet series, Matthildur has  ( Icelandic designer formerly ELM )designed a charming collection of wearable clothing offering ease and elegance in taffeta, and jerseys. Fresh from France, Jamin Puech never comes short in their signature embellishment styles in handbags, Majestic brought back bordeaux, which thrills me. Just to name a few  designers  I can’t wait for you all to experience these lush fabrics and unique designs in person, in MATSU coming this Autumn.

Please feel free to call for a private showing. I am also happy to offer hosting a party for you and your intimate friends at the shop. We can create something unique. I will be offering events, this fall. Stay tuned.

Enjoy this beautiful weather.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey, designed for you!

Yours in joy,

Dava


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History ~ Today. The New York Trip.

 
Ever driven past something year after year with curiosity ?
 What is it like up there ? Someday I want to go up there …. What goes on up there ?  Dava, just turn !!!  SO, yesterday driving North up the Henry Hudson Parkway,  I finally listened to my inner voice  after years of wondering realized. Do it now ! IMG_0612

I went to the Cloisters.

This medieval outpost is an extension of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Overlooking the Hudson River, it is a deeply relaxing and spiritual place. I gave me an opportunity to decompress after 7 days of standing and selling and networking at the New York International Gift Show. The Jacob Javits center was home to hundreds of booths world wide showing their wares. Uber stimuli. Good thing I know how to edit. IMG_0577

My visit to this museum was such a wonderful andectode for the space my mind had been in all week.  Fake air ( air conditioning) no music.. need I say more ? IMG_0646

The interlocking cloisters are faithfu reconstructionnns of five French monasteries . They were erected between 1934 and 1938 on a site offered by John D. Rockerfeller Jr. The museum is devoted to medieval architecture and medieval European art. The gardens are as peaceful and lush as the the interior rooms of this "castle".

 I could feel history, and grace while being there, yesterday and shot several photos.  It was a spiritual end to his New York Week. The contrast to all of the contemporary designed items that were shown, and then to experience  this history just showed me the diversity one can "taste" when the mind is open. I am sure this can happen daily in life. I became addicted to my lens as I sauntered through the little rooms of chapels, and  hallways. Absolutely beautiful.

The buildings and rooms reminded me of the Cote Bastide store in Paris, which I have written about in the past after returning from my last Parisian trip. This is the real deal, and although the flavor of the store in Paris was so authentic, being in this monestary was just mind and soul cleansing. IMG_0610

 

Accent on Design in New York was ultra stimulating and fun. I will include some booth shots reflecting the history I am discussing here. At the show, we created 3 rooms or vingnettes. One all white, the other off black, then with pride and royalty …. a metalic gold . Each space lent a different mood, different genre of merchandise. 

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 Table top, desk top and personal body care products were shown. Our newest collection were designed in Japan ( as most of our merchandise ). The Evoltuion Eraser. Available in 3 colors. One sculpture reflecting several stages of ape to man. Crazy ! Take a look. $7.50 each. IMG_0489

  These erasers come packaged individually as seen above. Once they are yours, you may slice them up, and the results will look just like this ! IMG_0490

 Fiction ? Myth ? Reality ? Doesn't matter.. we all have our own opinions as to just how we got here. This is one myth. In a toy/functional item.  Adorable ! They will be available through many Musuem shops throughout the US, resulting in our efforts at the gift show, and on line through Japanese Modern Design. Com. 

I also must announce that the new Cote Bastide products will be available at Matsu this week, lending themselves to beauty for the senses in combination with history. Just look at this magnificent book… a wedding reception? creative writing ? what have you. I find this just so sensual and tactile to have and to hold. IMG_0541

  Look at the texture of these hand made pages !! In store this weekend. New candles, scents and candlesticks. All imported from France.

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 My last photo culminates the old with the new. History with the present. Monestaries and booths. This was my week.  The porcelain collection above will also be available through the Japanese Modern Design.com website. Work in progress.

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Just another journey in my life. New beginings.

 Often the on set of Autumn will inspire new approaches, new possibilities and energy. I listen, smell and hear. This is how I grow.  Taking each day as a new adventure and opporunity to move forward. 

I hope you enjoyed this journey of mine. I am now realizing how this talk of Medieval times has also an influence in my Nymph collection. I am quiet about it in this blog, but please know it is alive and prominent. All on view at the shop. Matsu !

New merchandise now arriving daily at Matsu. 264 Newbury St. !!! See you soon.

Yours in joy,

Dava



 


Behind the Scenes

 Hi there !  Welcome to my newest post. This one focuses on style, and achieving it through photography,movement, and colors using elements that are a part of the shell of the store.

This is a departure for me. I am about to share a real life experience, that I am grateful for. This photo shoot, taken place on June 8 at Matsu, included the collaboration of Avanti Hair Salon, Bob Packert Photography, Matsu ( me) and Aya.

Kate from Avanti approached me several weeks ago and expressed her desire to somehow combine hair and clothing.  Blown out style. ( no pun)  We originally planned on shooting on the roof, but we all would have burned up on this blistery hot day in June. Rather early for this intense heat, wouldn't you say ?

The goal was to show off the hair; styling by Troi Young. The other goal was to show off the clothing at Matsu while highlighting Nymph. My jewelry. Our mission was to portray style, using a very natural face, and natural light. We discovered subtle areas within Matsu that we walk by daily, but with new fresh eyes, the tall front window becomes the focal point for a wonderful backdrop. IMG_6225

We put Nara Paz's sequin and blush organza dress on Aya, and I piled smoky and rudilated quartz necklaces. This dress needed very little to accentuate it's elegance, so I kept the jewelry pallet as natural as I could. Aya wore baroque pearl earrings which are just faintly visible. Just what I wanted. IMG_6232

 What a gift, days before my 20 year old departs for California, we were able to coordinate ourselves on a day that lent itself to full fledged creativity ! Nara's dresses are elegant and very easy to wear. The fit is true to size, and her craftsmanship impeccable. The natural tones here allow the wearer to become the focus, in a naturally beautiful state.

The next series  of photos were taken in the front doorway of 264 Newbury St. The back ground blasted out using natural light. I pulled a fan out of the closet, so we could create movement of the poker straight hair, and the softness of Lilith's soft blue silk georgette dress. The ruffles around the neckline created such a contrast to the hair. What a wonderful mood here.  IMG_6255

  The moss aquamarine necklaces have a diamond. The long one held as a rosary has a gigantic Tahitian pearl, and hangs about 32". the other choker is larger smoky quartz rondelles with moss aqua teardrops hanging around it. This photo ( as all of them here was taken by me, as I am watching Bob honing his own craft.

I somehow captured the light as he did, but I am sure once we produce his photos, I will embarrass myself. 

The next series in the same outfit portray a rather haunting sense. Mystery. Quiet sensuality. Through the looking glass.  IMG_6264

 I walk through this door everyday to enter Matsu. Funny, how a vision is altered through the lens of a camera. Leave it to Bob, to have discovered this gorgeous piece of glass, that can become such a habit to the eye. Old, antique, beauty. IMG_6278

All of a sudden, I thought we should change it up, once again. Paprika silk charmeuse top designed by IIlia. I combined it with a tulle printed skirt from Lilith.  This series was shot in the blazing sun in the rear of Matsu. The contrast of the light and the paprika tone agains the deep teal velvet drapes is captivating. Visually just demanding attention. IMG_6268

Nymph again. Tons. Madiera citrines, whiskey quartz, topaz and diamonds. The look is over done to the point that the textures just become so elegant and desirable.

 This is what I chose to share with you, from our behind the scenes photo shoot. I was so proud to be a part of this day, and to style, play and be in the company of such talent. Bob, I thank you again, and Troi ? always a pleasure to see your heart pumped as you do what you do best.

Kate, I thank you for bringing the concept to me, and Yes, I am proud of my little girl. It was such fun working with you all.

Stay tuned for more.

Yours in joy,

Dava

Spring is in the air.

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Tonight I am hosting an event off the beaten path. I know that retail word often carries a negative connotation. Negative, in that any one owning a retail store, in the financial and economic environment we now are enduring, are more or less so fulfilled to have people, potential customers enter their environment. I have commented several times about the shift in this industry, and how much more difficult it is now than say back in the 1980's, for sure and also the 90s. Even in the beginning of 2000, the flavor of the beast was much sweeter.

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As most of you know, I was asked to leave my prior location of 12 years . My landlord wanted me to relinquish Matsu, as we all knew it at 259 Newbury St. I was initially devastated, but instead, I creatively decided to turn this negative .. or so I thought at the time.. situation around, into an opportunity. I should have recognized that the universe was supporting me right from the start. The charming space I now occupy at 264 Newbury Street was empty and waiting for me. How fortunate. Being open to this, even with the in opportune timing…. Christmas, to be exact… I had 2 choices. Close for good, or dive forward. Obviously, I am here to tell you, I am moving forward. Sometimes  briskly, sometimes gingerly. Nonetheless, I am open and now welcoming Spring on Newbury St.

I have created a series of events for you all to enjoy. Yes, my motive is driving traffic to the new sacred space. My temple. More feminine, more me.

What a better a subject than that to have an influence of Venus ? Each planet symbolizes a part of our personality. Venus is our expression of love, desire, beauty and our deepest feminine nature. Venus is how we relate and how we attract and what we adorn in order to do so. When the Venus part of you is fulfilled, your heart feels it and is also happy !

This event ( now 2 evenings ago ) was a bonding time. The discussion  we shared of this ecstatic part of our nature, showed us a way to emerge with a deeper understanding of our heart's  journey through these joyful realms.  I learned why, personally being surrounded by beauty is second nature to me, and my journey is really to open up my space and share what I have learned through the years with anyone that steps through the door of Matsu, at this new location. I promise that you will feel as though you , too, have stepped into a seemingly sacred space, gallery/salon like.. oriented.

The scent, the ambience and the merchandise all coincide with Venus. I am not shy in self expression, seemingly yet deep down, the modesty I hold and the actual demureness is indeed evident once you step a bit deeper in conversation with me.

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I invite you to come in and see what I mean. I also wish to inform you that we are very proud of the new collections, and here I show off some of the fabulous pieces designed by Calleen Cordero. All make right here, in the US.. Los Angeles to be exact. Her bags and her sandals have a tinge of rock'n roll with a touch of sophistication and pizazz ~ 

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We have 3 styles of sandals in house right now and more on the way… ONCE the weather breaks, our toes will be screaming to be let loose. Sort of a freeing once we see the sunshine. It is coming. this prolonged rain really, is just a form of inner well replenishment. Easier to deal with and accept at some times than others.

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Everything is so lush right now, and the tulips are saluting the sky. The lilacs are begining to wan down, leaving space for the Iris to shine. The peonies are about to poke through their tight little buds. What a magnificent time of year ! Just to remind me of the rebirth that Spring symbolically represents, I have the splendid opportunity to observe a robin out side my door, sitting on her eggs. I would lOVE to see the little babies hatch. I captured her nest, as she departed briefly to get food for herself as she warms these beatiful little jewels…. her non hatched babies in the shell. Brilliant.

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I sign off now with the delight of knowing that Spring IS here, and we are all so happy that the weather will free our hears , aligning with Venus.


Should you desire an astrological check up ~ reading, please contact me at Matsu, and I will give you the number or contact information for a deeper understanding through Nikki Davis, my guest from the evening of Venus Rising. I have mentioned her in past blogs, just so you know.

Enjoy the light in the sky, and the rain. The alternative is snow, or fires, or drought… we are lucky each and every day. 

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See you soon. Join us on Wednesday May 25, for what is next in our Event series. The evening focuses on the wonderfull designs and rare appearance of Susan Monosson. We hope to see you there. If you can't make it, don't hestiate to stop by and say hello. You will find me there nearly everyday. Calling for an appointment is also an option.

 I would love to see you.

Yours in joy,

Dava

Greeting the enchantment of Spring’s Rhapsodic Melody!

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Spring : emerging from confinement through an outlet.;suggestion of abundance or ease of inception.

The season linking the transition of Winter and Summer.. as the temperature gradually climbs during the months of March, April and May. We wake to longer days of light, nearly 12 hours to be exact during this transition from hibernation to the awakening of our souls, and our lives. There is something to be said for darkness as it should soothe your souls, replenishing our inner well, but with the severity we all in New England have just persevered, I am certain we are now ready to celebrate the birth of this new season.

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Rhapsody : an ecstatic expression of feeling or enthusiasm

Divine, I say ! All things pretty, fresh and free . That is the liberation that this season brings to me.

Sort of similar to the collection that Lily Bareth aka Lilith has portrayed in her current Spring/Summer Collection 2011.  Poetic, lyrical, dream like and fresh. Referencing the liberation of the 1930's era, Paris. the colorful collection is inspired by the Annees Folles era of Josephine Baker, as you can see her in the ad. I also shot the racks holding the collection at Matsu now. Very feminine and romantic, Lililth is easily adaptable to your existing wardrobe.. For a special occasion, or just simply to celebrate the welcoming of Spring celebration every day. Either way, you will feel rejuvinated and liberated by the pallet. Guaranteed.

As the winter months wane the anticipation of Spring is reflected through my creations of  newly designed Nymph.

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The Etruscan influence is rather prominent for these current pieces. My heritage. The feeling of having been discovered in a mine, or underground and simply dug up from a clay like earth matter. The bracelets shown here are combinations of old world influencing my mind, and soul.  Unexpected combinations are created to design these fine wrist adornments. I have used rare stones, such as faceted deep jade combined with emeralds and gold, old bone used in conjunction with baroque pearls,  and antique gold accents. The diamond accents add richness and royalty to the bracelets. All are limited quantity if not one of a kind.

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I felt like Peridot and Whiskey quartz, also known as bear quartz lent themselves to the pallet of the season. They accent anything with verve.

Peridot, a bit more common than the whiskey quartz, as most of us know is the Birthstone for August. The tones vary from fresh green with a little yellow tint, bottle green, and olive green. This stone emits a warm, friendly and happy energy bringing openess and acceptance.

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The triple strand necklace has antique silver bead accents. One of a kind, I think it is slightly ethnic, but can be easily incorporated in any wardrobe. These tiny chips create an elegantly wearable  and comfortable piece.

The Whiskey quartz necklace has an accent strand of warm toned garnets. It being the smallest millimeter on the necklace. The unusual diamond focal bead is an unexpected combination, which I though brought uniqueness to this necklace. The antique silver clasp is my trademark, as are the little stones that dangle in the back of the neck at closure.  In some cases, the clasp can be turned around and visible from the front, or side as the stones that dangle add and ease of elegance.

Whiskey quartz brings clarity, balances energy and enhances self esteem. The rich hue obviously resembles the tone of fine whiskey.

Love is in the Earth. Love is in the air. This is the season to embrace more light, more warmth and the re birthing of nature. Watching it unfurl makes us slow down and smell, see and feel.

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Inviting you all in to see the shifts my soul and mind has created  inside Matsu a new, and to play with me at 264 Newbury St. I welcome you in to see the new collections with different flavors than those of seasons past. Promise ! I look forward to see you all.

Yours in joy,

Dava

Awakening the Senses.. Opening doors to Spring with Scenes from Paris

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Hi everyone ! It feels great to be back here. Here in the United States, and here on my blog page. As many of you may read in my brief post last week, I had been dormant some what and also fighting a near bronchial type flu.

 I am back from Paris and in the clear health wise.  January, February and now March.  Time to wake up ! Time to come out of hibernation. Time to smell the roses. Maybe a trip to see Alice in Wonderland would be a great trigger ! Visually so stimulating. The colors, the sounds, the "Madness" and the Caterpillar…. nearly my favorite. How many of you remember Grace Slick with the Jefferson Airplane singing "Go as Alice !"  The song resonated in my mind the whole time I watched this utterly fantastic movie.  What a wonderful  transition from Paris back to Boston. A little visual tool to aid in my withdrawls from the sights and sounds of a city so awake despite the season. Alice in Wonderland jolted my heart and mind. It was just want I needed after the trip. Now as I ease on in back to my life here in Boston, I reflect on my trip.

I returned Monday night. The weather in Paris was freaky cold. Chilled to the bone each day. By foot, walking along the river bank, with the wind chill, it  must have been around 30 degrees. Unlike the weather experienced here in Boston. Very unusual. Very cold. However I was on foot more than usual this trip. This allowed me to capture scenes I usually may not have seen. I was not inside a closed windowed car. I was on the ground. On the stone foundation that lie beneath my feet. My eyes darted like a little child in a candy shop for the first time. The sights of Paris are just in fact that … Eye candy. I seemed to have been attracted to the architecture nearly more than anything thing this trip. I was also attracted to the colors of the buildings, the bistros the grounds, the landscape, the sky.  This intoxicating City of Light.

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In my travels this time around.. I captured many scenes in this realm. A bit less oh shall we say materialistic and fashion oriented than in past trips; although I was in Paris discovering, and seeking collections for Matsu. The Comme des Garcons collection was carefully edited for Autumn 2010. This took 5 hours in one show room. The Pandemonium in the small room that housed Rei Kawakubo's Com Com line was an absolute challenge. You have dozens of buyers from all over the world at once in the showroom which is in a gorgeous building from the outside… Show me an ugly building in Paris…. impossible ! 

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 The room where the buying is done is not at all conducive to hold the capacity of people nor all of the energy spinning around…in it. To notice the murmur of all the foreign languages at once: German, Italian, Swedish, French. It was such a wonderful experience for my ears, to have the ability to hear low tone of the voices all humming at once… with maintaining my acute focus to on the collection by  combing, choosing and creating  the look that Matsu will portray for Fall. 

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You will see a few photos here from the presentation of the collection,  please note the overtones of the colors nearly everyone is in. Dark blues, blacks.. and mixtures of them both. I always feel so accomplished when done. It is probably the most difficult collection to buy, just because of the overall chaotic energy flying around the room. I am proud and pleased with what is coming in. I always wish that the season I am buying for was not that far away… It is such an oxymoron,  because here as you read in my blog title, I am really inspired by the awakening of Spring. Talking about winter clothing… Luckily we have the summer ahead of us. These two seasons travel too fast anyway ! So, being in the moment here is necessary… In order to maximize one's life. staying in the present. Just breathe. Believe and Receive what is out there !

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I have posted photos of these wonderful doors, and also some of the Comme des Garcons experience.

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I have more topics to discuss, but since this combination is a little odd, I thought this would be enough for you all to digest. Stay tuned for more… Sooner than later. I will continue my Paris post with in the week. For now, soak this up and I hope you enjoy each and every word and photograph. Feel free to contact me anytime if you have any questions or answers…..  dava@matsuboston.com

Until then,

I remain open and welcome awakening of the senses that Spring brings !

 

Yours in joy,

Dava .

Celebrate fashion night with Nirva; on the evening prior to my Paris departure.

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Oh how lucky I am. Here it is, the midst of Boston's Fashion Week… We celebrate fashion. I think this week should be extended for the year!  Maybe this way all women would dare to dress for fun, and for the heck of expressing their inner inhibitions. Sort of why Halloween is so popular. We all can "act out " by dressing up as we normally would not. I am all for self expression, and provoking what is within. I have said this many times before. 

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Tonight, Nirva celebrated this in an array of gorgeous fabrics, textures colors, draping, and wonderful embellishments in the hair, belts and applied directly on the clothing, in some cases.

The venue; Mizu was provocative backdrop for the 28 different looks that Nirva portrayed as her Spring 2010 looks. Absolutely divine. The Music, the lighting, the models and the crowd. All well received. I was so proud of her, and very happy to have been a part of this audience. It took me completely out of the notion that Boston has, generally of being staunchly fashion wise.  Not true!  Nirva proved this tonight, and I would like to think that I do the same daily at Matsu.  Don't be afraid to visit us ! It is so good for your mind, heart, body and soul .

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This fashion show came at a time while I am preparing to leave for Paris. I am so glad that I had the break tonight to see such wonderful sights. Internally, I have been prepping for this trip. Busy closing loose ends, you know making sure my passport is in check.. Automobile registration renewal, etc. You know, all that mundane stuff that Virgos are good at organizing.

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What is it about Autumn that inspires us to do so many things in our life that  can make room for more? With the abundance that comes with this season, cooking becomes a heart warmed project leading us into the indoors, and nurturing our lives in ways that the summer doesn't.  Roasted squash, mushrooms,  pumpkin pies,  artichokes. This season's produce is so inspiring. We have shortened days with less light, bringing the opportunity to burn more candles and set a theme, mood and ambiance within our own environments. I just love this season. Maybe it's because this is my birth season. Who knows? 

As I prepare for leaving for Paris, I sit with gratitude for everything that my life has provided, along with the all the people who have touched my heart in it. Prior to leaving on this flight I always reflect, sit quietly and thank everyone that makes life so rich, and those who inspire me. This in turn, provides a foundation for me to do the same .

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I leave you all knowing how perfect we all are just as we are, and hope that you read my blog entries. You silently do excite me to write. I know it's not grammatically correct all the time, but if I can relay my feelings and thoughts to you through this, then I feel golden and I have accomplished something very endearing.

See you when I return . Fully more enriched, I assume. I will approach this trip with both retail knowledge and artisan naivety.. how innocent. What a way to breathe and to receive what comes next.

 

Until then,

I remain yours in joy

Dava

Announcement: The arrival and birth of Nymph; my new jewelry creation.

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; – noun one of a numerous class of lesser deities of mythology, conceived of as beautiful maidens inhabiting the sea, rivers, woods, trees, mountains, meadows etc.

Hence, the word chosen for the collection of jewelry I have designed and created. 

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Not without technical and otherwise, assistance and guidance from my adorable sister, however;  thank god for Celeste.The formal announcement goes something like this:

Boston- Matsu owner Dava Muramatsu announces the debut of her new line of jewelry, Nymph.

Specially designed by Dava (that's me. ) Nymph is a tribal inspired collection  of necklaces, bracelets and earrings made from precious and semi-precious stones, vintage gold, silver, beads and relics. The Nymph collection evokes sacred ethnic pieces worn to adorn, protect and invoke sensual and spiritual elements.

The stones in the collection are from tones of the earth: emeralds, pearls, and diamonds both raw and refined, along with labradorite, Afghan black, deep green and emerald jade, spinel, smokey topaz, , 18k gold nuggets accenting muted tones of heishi carved beads.. Each stone, bead and relic has a sensuality to it. some are hand carved, some rough hewn or raw.  I have combined these beads, and stones, most of which are very subtle in appearance  to the naked eye, into what I would love to think as being visually compelling into strikingly sophisticated designs that I feel to be romantic, organic and sexy. Not to mention a bit eccentric.

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I created Nymph out of a desire to express feelings through jewelry that were unavailable. I scouted, searched and found vintage metals, stones, and findings from sources from Japan, Europe, Afghanistan, and India. Each piece is unique and one of a kind created by my instincts, my intuition and my inner soul. I find this collection to be contemporary with history. Ancient with a slight fresh provocativeness.

The Nymph collection will be available  at Matsu the week of September 10th. 2009.  I look forward to your visit to view this collection and all the rest of our new arrivals for Autumn.

Yours in joy,

Dava Muramatsu