May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, join AsiaStore at Asia Society for a virtual visit to my design studio where I create modern, inspirational accessories inspired by the world around me, travel, exploring the wonders of nature, and my own Chinese heritage.

Virtual Design Studio With Melissa Lew
Tues, May 12 at 3:00 PM EST

Follow them on Facebook at AsiaStore at Asia Society and tune in on May 12th!

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! My work is strongly influenced by my Chinese heritage, especially the culture’s deep respect and esteem for nature. Nature is my muse, and you’ll see this reflected throughout all of my work – from the design, to the production (use of eco-friendly materials).

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Delaware Museum of Natural History – Free Download

One of the most amazing sights is the monarch butterfly migration in autumn along the East Coast. I’ve been lucky to see this on a couple of occasions while vacationing in Cape Charles.

Inspired by my love of butterflies and exhibits at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, I created this free downloadable coloring book page. I hope you enjoy it!

Delaware Museum of Natural History Coloring Page Download

If you love wildlife as much as I do, please visit the museum’s website at https://www.delmnh.org/delmnh-at-home/ for ways to virtually experience the museum and exhibits from the comfort (and safety!) of home.

Gamble House – Free Download

This free coloring book page was inspired by some of the beautiful features of the Gamble House – the dining room window, crane statue, pond, and lanterns. The Gamble House, an iconic American Craftsman home influenced by Japanese architecture and nature, was built in Pasadena, California in 1908-1909. This page is available to download below – I can’t wait to see your finished piece!

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PAM@Home – Free Download!

Even though museums and attractions across the country are closed at the moment, there are still ways to experience them virtually. USC Pacific Asia Museum recently launched their virtual learning initiative, PAM@Home. Inspired by the beautiful magnolia trees and artwork, I created a new coloring book mandala page, free for download below. I hope you enjoy – and please share finished work and tag me on Instagram at @mlewjewelry.

USC PAM Inspired Coloring Book Page – Download Here

Follow them on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/usc_pam/.

Kennedy Center – Featured Designer

“This time of year, Washington comes alive with pink cherry blossoms. It’s a gentle reminder that in the hustle and bustle of political and performative life, Mother Nature marches to the tune of her own drummer.  The same can be said of Melissa Lew…” [Read more]

Mandala Coloring Pages – Free Downloads

Inspired by a few of my favorite things, I created 3 mandalas that are meant to calm and bring joy during these stressful times. I hope you enjoy these downloadable coloring pages! Please tag me on Instagram (@mlewjewelry) so I can see the final products!

Download Cherry Blossom Mandala – Inspired by my favorite time of year

Download Sand Dollar and Oyster Shell Mandala – Inspired by visits to Cape Charles, Virginia

Download Sea Shell and Waves Mandala – Inspired by my love of oceans

#BloomCam

I would be remiss to not mention the current pandemic – I hope this finds you well and healthy and I encourage you to stay home to help flatten the curve.

The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are in full bloom right now. You can still celebrate the blooming season, but from the comfort of home! The #BloomCam can now be viewed at https://nationalmall.org/bloomcam