During the spring of 2020, in the earliest months of the COVID-19 outbreak, there was quite a bit of family time spent in my home. As so many of us were locked down, some like myself were lucky enough to be close to family members. While at home we spent a lot of time with my daughters, my son-in-laws and my grandson.
Throughout, there was a lot of storytelling, reading books, watching movies...and much creativity was happening. I started painting again; my younger daughter was writing screenplays and other work; my oldest daughter spent long periods painting whimsical fantasy worlds of women and animals. At the same time, my daughters drew upon their own experiences telling stories to our grandson Jack that at times included themes about confidence, dreaming, being yourself, and not letting other people tell you what to do.
Being a brand and family that talks about empowering women and encouraging positivity and feel good vibes, we thought it could be a fun MRK blog post to create a short imaginary story with text and illustrations that drew upon some of the themes that run throughout our collection around the empowering idea of having strength and courage in your convictions. When I saw the short version I thought there was so much more to say, and that it could instead be a wonderful children's book encouraging these ideas. We wanted to help get it published. During the pandemic, we had worked to feature the work of various artists who had been stuck in their homes on our social channels, so this felt like an extension of that effort. It is something we are committed to, and want to continue doing as a brand...Empower empowering art.
So, the story Under the Sun, Moon and Stars was born. Danielle illustrated the book, and Laura wrote the text. The book is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and independent bookstores across the the country.
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