DINARA MIRTALIPOVA: LEILA IN SAFFRON

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Dinara Mirtalipova created the illustrations for Leila in Saffron, written by Rukhsanna Guidroz and published by Simon & Schuster. Written for children aged 4-8, the book tells the story of a Pakistani-American girl named Leila who visits her grandmother’s house for their weekly family dinner, and finds parts of herself and her heritage in the family, friends, and art around her. Kirkus Reviews says: “Mirtalipova’s mixed-media illustrations expertly convey the vivacity and warmth of Leila’s family and their Pakistani culture.” The book is available June 18th, 2019.

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DINARA MIRTALIPOVA: EQUILIBRIUM GODDESS FOR POTTERY BARN

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Dinara Mirtalipova’s Equilibrium Goddess limited-edition art print is available at Pottery Barn to celebrate International Women’s Day. Pottery Barn collaborated with Women Who Draw and will donate 20 percent of the proceeds to HERproject, a non-profit that strives to empower low-income women working in global supply chains by providing them with resources for health, financial/economic stability, and gender equality.

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DINARA MIRTALIPOVA: TEMPLAR PUBLISHING

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Dinara Mirtalipova created the illustrations for Cinderella, written by Katie Haworth and published by Templar Publishing. This beautiful cut paper diorama-style pop-up book is described as a “triumph of paper engineering with wonderful illustrations” and is available now through Amazon.

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DINARA MIRTALIPOVA: PUBLISHING NEWS

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Great news from Dinara Mirtalipova – Salaam Reads, a Muslim children’s book imprint from Simon & Schuster, has purchased the rights to Rukhsanna Guidroz's Leila in Saffron, illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova. 

From Publisher's Weekly: "Zareen Jaffery at S&S/Salaam Reads has acquired world rights to Rukhsanna Guidroz's (l.) Leila in Saffron, illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova. The picture book follows a Pakistani-American girl named Leila who uses her senses of sight, smell, taste, and touch to cook a family meal with her grandmother and delight in the various items in her grandmother's home that speak to Leila's unique identity. Publication is slated for summer 2019; Wendi Gu at Janklow & Nesbit represented the author while at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, and Chrystal Falcioni at Magnet Arts Collective represented the illustrator."

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Dinara Mirtalipova : Easter Eggs

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Culture Trip just wrote a beautiful article about Dinara Mirtalipova's Easter eggs. 

Here's a quick snippet of the article

Culture Trip: When did you start painting eggs?

Dinara Mirtalipova: Painting eggs for Easter is a family tradition, started by my grandma Lilia. She celebrated Easter and baked Easter bread called kulich (кулич). As a child I loved to watch her doing it and I loved to help with dying eggs. After she passed away, I continued to decorate eggs for Easter year after year and now it’s become my tradition.

CT: Do particular places inspire your work?

DM: I know it sounds too obvious, but inspiration hides everywhere. I love taking nature walks with my daughter, I love listening to ethnic music, taking trips to museums or libraries, I love collecting fabric, ethnic dolls and coins. So it’s hard to name one destination, I think it depends on what you’re looking for.

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