2018 Holiday Shows & Appearances by Misha Zadeh Graham

Seattle shoppers, I’ve recently signed on to participate in some of these local shows. As booth / table space is limited, I’ll be offering select items at each show. Message me to arrange a specific product purchase in advance of the show you are hoping to attend.

Misha Zadeh Holiday 2018 Shows and Appearances


Friday, Nov 9, 6-9pm
Ladies Night Trunk Show
Ballard Church
1460 NW 73RD, SEATTLE 98117

Grab a friend, nibble on complimentary snacks and appetizers, and shop from local vendors; come and go as you please, open house style. Complimentary appetizers and snacks. Adult beverages will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to support free, high quality parent education events through the PNW Parent Education Series.


Friday Nov 16, 6-9pm
Swanson’s Holiday Party
Swanson’s Nursery 9701 15TH AVE NW, SEATTLE 98117

Swanson’s Nursery invites you to a festive holiday party to help support the Ballard Food Bank! We’re planning a fabulous evening of holiday shopping, festive food and beverages, live music, local artisans, and more. Tickets are available on Eventbrite for $25 and include entry, food and one complimentary beverage of your choice. (Ticket link coming soon)

Saturday, Nov 17, 1-4pm
Holiday Shop Local Event
Phinney Center, Lower Building 6615 DAYTON AVE N, SEATTLE 98103

Shop local this holiday! Sponsored by NW Ladies in Business, this event features 30 women-owned local businesses offering their goods and services. Free admission. By donation gift wrapping provided by Girl Scout Troop 45178.


Saturday & Sunday, Dec 1 & 2, 10am - 5pm
38th Annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair
Phinney Center, Blue Building 6532 PHINNEY AVE N, SEATTLE 98103

I’m thrilled to have secured a spot at this lovely, juried festival. My last appearance there was in 2005 or so! Entry fee is $2 for PNA Members, $4 non-members, and non-perishable food donations are highly recommended. There are 120 hand-picked vendors, musical performances throughout the weekend, and plenty of food available for purchase.





Misha at Metropolitan Markets' Kitchen Sale by Misha Zadeh Graham

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If you've had your eye on some of my new products, now's the time to go for it. I'm happy to announce that my housewares collection will be included in Metropolitan Markets' Annual Kitchen Sale!

Come see me in person at participating locations this weekend to save 20% and take home a hand lettered keepsake card. Read below for my appearance schedule. Sale goes on through October 2nd.

Friday, September 21st, 4pm – 7pm
KIRKLAND: 10611 NE 68th St, Kirkland, WA 98033

Saturday, September 22nd, 12pm – 3pm
SAMMAMISH 301 228th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA 98074

Sunday, September 23rd, 3pm – 6pm
SAND POINT 5250 40th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

September 2018 Happenings by Misha Zadeh Graham

It’s been a busy month. I recently returned from a fantastic two week European trip — Amsterdam and Sorrento — for my cousin’s beautiful wedding. Then a back to school rush for the kids, and ramping back up for new artwork creation. A highlight of the trip was hand delivering one of my new peacock dishes to a Dutch Instagram follower. My housewares line is not carried in Europe (yet…) so she is the first on the continent to have some Misha ceramics. Sidenote: we absolutely adored the boutique hotel we stayed in: the artsy Ambassade Hotel in the Jordaan neighborhood.

In Seattle news, I have 3 artist appearances at different Metropolitan Market locations this weekend.

Last weekend, I participated in the Lake Forest Park / Shoreline Shop Hop event as one of the artists being featured at Beach House Greetings. It was lovely to meet some new people, including fellow exhibitor jewelry artist Teri LeClair, as well as some faces from my past (I spent my early elementary years in Shoreline). Seeing my former Bluebirds leader (and local champion of the arts) Ros Bird was a highlight!

Beach House carries my housewares and calendars, and will have a small selection of my scarves and wraps for another week or so only. Get over there if you’d like to see them in person. It is the loveliest little shop, and owner Jenni Wilson curates with an expert eye.

Misha for 180 Degrees Housewares Launch by Misha Zadeh Graham

 Artist Misha Zadeh Graham launches her housewares collection for manufacturer 180 Degrees.

Artist Misha Zadeh Graham launches her housewares collection for manufacturer 180 Degrees.

Seattle friends, you are invited! Meet me in person at the West Seattle and Queen Anne Metropolitan Markets this weekend for a special Pre-Mother's Day Shopping Event.

I'll be unveiling my long-awaited housewares collection for 180 Degrees! Bold and fresh designs in ceramics and melamine featuring my original watercolor artwork. Met Market will be the first shop in the nation to have the line, and it will roll out to other great retailers around the country shortly after.

I will be hand-lettering keepsake cards and throwing in one-of-a-kind, hand-painted gift enclosures with each purchase (while supplies last). Bring a friend or two. I'll be there with — who else, but — my own mom! Happy Mother's Day!

FRIDAY, MAY 11, 3–6PM
Admiral Metropolitan Market (West Seattle)
2320 42ND AVE SW / SEATTLE, WA 98116


SATURDAY, MAY 12, 12-3PM
Uptown Metropolitan Market (Queen Anne) 
100 MERCER STREET / SEATTLE, WA 98109

 Gold Accented Ceramic Bud Vases by Misha Zadeh for 180 Degrees

Gold Accented Ceramic Bud Vases by Misha Zadeh for 180 Degrees

Retailers, to carry this collection in your store, please contact the manufacturer: One Hundred 80 Degrees. I'd love to see my wares in your beautiful shop, and am available for appearances and signings!

Surtex 2017 Recap by Misha Zadeh Graham

Misha Zadeh Illustration & Design's second time at Surtex was a charm! We knew what to expect and what we were looking for. Surtex is the premiere art licensing trade show that runs concurrently with ICFF (The International Contemporary Furniture Fair) and NSS (The National Stationery Show) in May at the Javits Center in NYC.

This year my booth team consisted of Surtex veteran, New York-based Mia Baudry and newbie Seattleite Karen Gustafson. Their mix of skill sets and personalities was perfect, and as you can see, they complied with my requirement to model Misha patterns and/or color coordinate with the booth. We had way too much fun exhibiting together and by the end had nicknamed ourselves The Three MishKateers.

Despite attendance being down for both exhibitors and attendees, we had some terrific visitors to our booth with projects we are dying to tell you about. Stay tuned! It was nice to see some of our established clients, and to meet potential clients on our wish list as well as those we weren't familiar with before.

Location-wise, our booth was at the front of the first aisle, surrounded by agent booths, and just up from the escalator entrance to the show. I was nervous about switching locations from last year, which was right smack in the middle of the show and got great traffic, but I think we had better visibility up front.

When creating my booth banners this year I had a sudden urge to use lots of red. I think that energy and Feng Shui helped hook people in. Because we were just one aisle away from ICFF, a lot of folks thought we were wallpaper designers and wanted to put in an order. Wallpaper companies, are you listening? Speaking of booth decor, the ceramics and fabrics that I lugged across the country proved to be worth their weight and hassle, as many buyers appreciated seeing my designs already translated onto the objects they create. They were a hit.

In addition to art directors and manufacturers, we were lucky to have Allison Sloan Polish and Tara Reed from Spoonflower stop by. They gave great tips on boosting my Spoonflower shop presence, and I'm looking forward to uploading many new designs from my portfolio that they were swooning over. Bonus: they matched the booth and are such nice people. By the way, the top I'm wearing in the image above is the Lauren blouse in a cotton lawn fabric made with my Misty Bicycle print, available now through Spoonflower's affiliate Sprout Patterns.) Also check out painter and textiles designer Sarah Charlton Frank, nestled up next to my Entomology panel and looking stylish in her ensemble.

I got to cross off a bucket list item in meeting world renowned color expert and executive director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eiseman. She has such a presence, and of course her Pantone Color of the Year-inspired outfit was smashing. My crew got to meet, and be charmed by, Alan Friedman of Great Arrow Graphics. He gave us the latest updates about my new line for them which was literally on press during the show! Another fun surprise was a buyer from the neighboring Stationery Show, Daniel Goldin from Milwaukee-based Boswell Book Company. He heard I was showing at Surtex and made his way over to say hi and that he's been a fan and buyer of my Madison Park Greetings designs for years. Awwww. I taught him how to pronounce my last name (Zah-DAY) and he taught us that you don't pronounce the 'l' in Milwaukee.

In six degrees of separation news, I saw long lost colleagues from my Stationery Show days, a couple of fellow UW graduates, a buyer who also happened to be a UW graduate and who worked with a college friend of mine and is related to a high school friend of mine. Of course I loved catching up with talented surface design friends and made many new ones. Basically three days of being super social and talking about art and application possibilities (which I love).

Finally, perhaps you have read about my obsession with Ghormeh Sabzi, a delicious Persian stew made with a plethora of sautéed green herbs, red kidney beans, lime, and beef or lamb. Mia, Karen, and I were extremely honored, and humbled, to have been invited to the Brooklyn home of the lovely and talented illustrator, Kristen Balouch, for an evening of ghormeh sabzi and excellent company after the show on Monday night. Here we are in her cleverly remodeled kitchen with artists Jeanetta Gonzales, Melissa Iwai, and Kristen herself in the pink apron. Side note: Kristen's Ghormeh Sabzi was AMAZING. Honestly one of the top three I've ever had. Kristen uses Najmieh Batmanglij's recipe. Coincidentally, Najmieh (the guru of Modern Iranian Cooking) was our featured guest at the 2016 Seattle Iranian Festival. Six Degrees of Misha Zadeh. Check out Folkland, Kristen's debut fabric collection with Birch Fabrics, available in January of 2018.

I am feeling blessed and lucky to have spent the week with such great people discussing so many exciting opportunities. Here's to getting those opportunities to market!

Were you at Surtex? Are you hoping to attend in the future? I'd love to hear your thoughts below.

Misha Zadeh at Surtex 2017 — Booth 2709 by Misha Zadeh Graham

 Misha Zadeh heading to NYC for SURTEX 2017 - Exhibiting in Booth 2709

Misha Zadeh heading to NYC for SURTEX 2017 - Exhibiting in Booth 2709

I'm just days away from my second appearance at SURTEX, an art licensing trade show at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC.  My team and I had a brilliant time exhibiting last year and meeting a number of art buyers in a variety of industries. This year I'm more clear on where I want to be in the surface pattern world and I'm excited to show the new illustrations and patterns I've been working on. I hope to be telling you all about some upcoming licenses very soon! Until then, wish us luck — and I hope I can kick this cold to the curb before I arrive!

See more of my info and images about SURTEX 2017:

Women's March by Misha Zadeh Graham

 My mom at the Women's March on Seattle, holding my 'Seeds' sign. Jan 21, 2017

My mom at the Women's March on Seattle, holding my 'Seeds' sign. Jan 21, 2017

On January 21st of this year, my mom and 5 other friends and I participated in the historic Women's March (or Womxn's March) on Seattle. I didn't realize the impact it would have on me as a person and as an artist. There were bright and beautiful people in attendance in all directions as far as the eye could see. Predictions were at 50,000. Crowd estimates put the final tally at 175,000. Anyway, it was such a positive, hope-filled event and it gave me such a feeling of community.

Just before the March, I was inspired to create an illustrated quote of a moving Mexican proverb, "They tried to bury us — they didn't know we were seeds." I first learned of the quote a few years ago and I had such an emotional response to it. It is stirring, yet ultimately resilient and hopeful, which is the way I roll on my good days. I had no sketch, I just sat down with my paintbrush and started lettering and growing my seeds in a watercolor palette of deep blues, oranges, reds and pinks.

The signs got a lot of positive responses from marchers, as did our Pincause Pins (follow the link to learn all about this fantastic group and their amazing mission).

I submitted a vertical version of the sign to the Hear Our Voice callout by the Amplifier Foundation for Women's March posters and was thrilled to hear that it was selected to be featured out of more than 5,000 entries. You can purchase an archival, Giclee print of this art at my Etsy shop. I will be donating 20% of the sales of this print to El Centro De La Raza. You can also download a vertical version for free for personal use via Amplifier. On February 18th, the official Women's March Instagram page featured my sign as the Resistance Sign of the day and it has over 38,000 likes(!!!!). I am honored that a piece so personal to me has resonated with so many other people.

 Women's March print by Misha Zadeh

Women's March print by Misha Zadeh

The night that we returned home from the march, I was moved to create another painting — this time commemorating the historic day. I illustrated 4 women of different backgrounds. Two of them represent me and my mom. Two of them are wearing Pincause pins, and they all have fabulous outfits and dos. I also added a pink cat as a nod to the pussy hat project. This piece is also available via Etsy, and I will be donating 20% of the proceeds The ACLU. Haven't they been doing amazing work recently?!

Were you at the March? Which city? And what was your experience like?

2016 UV Holiday Campaign by Misha Zadeh Graham

 Misha Zadeh for University Village. On property promotional signage featuring vibrant watercolor illustrations.

Misha Zadeh for University Village. On property promotional signage featuring vibrant watercolor illustrations.

I was thrilled to work with the team at University Village shopping center on their holiday marketing campaign for the second year in a row. This year, we went with gestural watercolor illustrations in a palette of sapphire blue, lush pinky red, warm orange and inky black — which stood out against a crisp, white background. I did some hand lettering, and of course there was a fair share of quirky creatures.

It is a joy to work with a team so receptive to my work, and to promote a place where I've spent a great deal of time over the years. I have particularly nostalgic memories of days spent roaming the peaceful outdoor spaces with my little ones in a stroller — window shopping, enjoying snacks, and watching them climb on the outdoor play structure before the time they reached the age limit. It's my go-to place for creative stimulation — from the stunning, year-round landscaping on the property to the wonderfully curated shelves and walls of Anthropologie, Ravenna Gardens, Fireworks, and the Land of Nod. A visit is not complete without a tasty lunch from Pasta & Co, and of course a macchiato with chocolate covered orange confit from Fran's. Side note, I'd love to do some illustrations for Fran's!

Being a Seattle native, I've seen UV grow and change and become the hub of the neighborhood in the shadow of the University of Washington (my alma mater). I look forward to seeing what the future holds for UV.