“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”
― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden
Like a rose garden bursting with color in the warmth of a June morning, my heart is glowing with wonder and gratitude. Let me give you three reasons why:
1. Bricks and thorns hurt, but People are wonderful.
After the theft of the van and it's contents, we were devastated. It was like life had thrown a huge brick at us. But, we didn't cower or run and hide, and we certainly didn't stop moving forward. With encouragement and support from friends, family, customers and colleagues - and even a few strangers - we were able to keep rolling through the first few weeks as we restocked and rebuilt. We borrowed painted scarves from one of our students to use as samples, as all of ours had been taken. We "made do" with a limited supply of paint which we had on hand at home; folks didn't complain when they had to share! One of our patrons made a generous pre-purchase of 20 scarves, just to help get that cash flow moving. With this outpouring of love, we just knew we couldn't let folks down! We were able to meet all of our obligations and didn't have to miss a single event!
2. Serendipity happens. So do superheros.
Although grateful to have our van back, it just wasn't the same. We knew it was time to start looking for a replacement van. Unexpectedly, some of Phil's old friends (AKA superheros in disguise) from his days as a car dealer came forward to help us get a far better deal on a brand new van than we could have even dreamed of getting. And this one has all the features we really need to serve more areas and larger groups. And as if to prove it was the right decision, the day we picked up the van was the day we got a call confirming a large corporate event in Arizona this summer. We couldn't have done it in the old van!
3. When life throw bricks, use them to build upon.
Adversity makes us stronger, wiser, and more aware of the things in life which mean the most.
As you may know, our Phil continues to heal from his battle with throat cancer last fall. It was tough, but he is a proud survivor and we are so grateful to our team members and students who have helped us fill the gap.
One week prior to the van theft, I (Star)
was diagnosed with Stage 1 uterine cancer. Shocking news, but my doctor said we caught it really early (note to self: listen to what your body is telling you). Prognosis is excellent, treatment requires surgery but likely no radiation or chemo!
These kinds of trials and tribulations do make you think about the ways that life is priceless and special, so mysterious and important, so ABUNDANTLY BEAUTIFUL.
We make bricks into marshmallows, and share them with the world.
With a $6000 short fall between our loss and what the insurance claim brought in, we still have a ways to go before we are out of the shadow.
For instance, we have a new car payment to have to think about each month, and we have to deal with my infirmary and 6-week absence while I battle this cancer.
All of these things are just thorns to support roses. Or bricks to be turned into marshmallows. Because help is still needed and greatly appreciated, we'll keep this GoFundMe campaign going, and gratefully accept further donations from those who understand how amazingly necessary it is that we keep Mayu Silk Art rolling.
The real takeaway from all of this is a resounding YES! Together, we can do this - this magical, mystical, marvelous thing called the Mayu Silk Art Experience.
The seeds of friendship, resilience, hope and hard work have grown into something truly beautiful. Thank you so much for being part of it - and for reading this far!
P.S. Watch for our big thank you party - complete with roses and a marshmallow roast - coming this fall, in celebration of our 4th anniversary!
"In art we are once again able to do all the things we have forgotten; we are able to walk on water; we speak to the angels who call us; we move, unfettered, among the stars.
We write, we make music, we draw pictures, because we are listening for meaning, feeling for healing. And during the writing of the story or the painting or the composing or singing or playing, we are returned to that open creativity which was ours when we were children. We cannot be mature artists if we have lost the ability to believe which we had a children. An artist at work is in a condition of complete and total faith."
- Madeleine L'Engle, Walking on Water
We are so grateful for the chance to share this amazing, magical life with you.
-- Phil and Star
Watch for exciting updates on the van story and new business class opportunities coming soon!
MISSING: 1997 Chevy Express Van, white, goes by "Sebastian." Stolen from in front of our house Tuesday morning, April 25. This was our work van - and because I'd been teaching a four-day class, it was packed full with the bulk of our equipment and supplies, including all of our tables, floor mats and paints and about 100 of our hand-painted silk scarves and accessories.
Many of those scarves were made by children in our outreach programs, and of course every design is one-of-a-kind. The bright colors and swirling designs were a daily reminder of the special uniqueness of each maker, and we are saddened to think that these beautiful creations are gone. Similarly, we mourn the loss of five of our hand crafted wood trays and a bin full of hand made rakes and custom made marbling combs.
After rain canceled so many of our events this past winter, April was gearing up to be one of our best months ever, and now this.
So, how do we respond to the unexpected storms that life drops on us?
“Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward
after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it's a cha-cha.”
― Robert Brault
First, instead of dwelling on what we DON'T have, we take stock of what we DO have.
So, while Phil scrambled to replace necessary (and sometimes expensive) equipment and supplies, Star took to social media to rally the troops, setting up a GoFundMe account to replace the biggest loss: our beloved workhorse van, Sebastian. Without wheels, we simply cannot continue.
With events already on the books for a trip to Arizona to make scarves with families at the Children's Cancer Network, and a big scarf-making event at Hoag Family Cancer Institute, and an event with the Eddie Nash Foundation for Foster Youth, we don't want to be sidelined by the lack of reliable transportation.
We need $6000 to cover the gap in insurance and put us in a safe, reliable vehicle.
We're hoping our network of support will come together in this time of need to help us get back on the road. Come ride with us, won't you?!
If you prefer to make a direct donation, please call Star at (949)424-3458 or mail your check made payable to Mayu Silk Art, 501 E. Katella Ave #16C , Orange CA 92867. Please write "Van campaign" on the memo line.
Thank you. You are amazing.
"It only costs a dollar to watch."
- Phil Greenwood
Our delightful English guy, Phil, is both the head and the funny bone of our burgeoning business, and has delighted crowds with his clever anecdotes and devil-may-care charm. As many of you know, Phil has been dealing with some health issues affecting his voice, which is now down to a whisper. The outpouring of genuine concern and encouragement have been a great help to him as he works toward healing.
Thank you to all who have sent their well-wishes.
We hope Phil will be back to his old talkative self soon!
The beautiful patio of The Castaway in Burbank, CA, was the perfect setting for an evening luau for the cast and crew of the hit TV show, NCIS. The party really picked up as the sun set in the west, and the tiki torches were lit, while colorful paper lanterns swung gently in the breeze above the crowd under a starlit sky. With all 10 of our artisans and 10 marbling trays going full bore, we were still able to enjoy the music and get a glimpse of hula dancing happening on the stage directly next to us. It was truly a night to remember!
Out of respect for our hosts and their guests, we did not do much picture-taking, so we don't have any celebrity photos to share. Suffice to say, it was AWESOME.
Our deepest thanks to the event coordinator, Erica McIntosh, for inviting us to be part of this truly stellar event.
A hui hou kākou, everyone!
Although perhaps his lifestyle was not entirely exemplary. Picasso had some good things to say about life.
Action is the foundational key to all success.
The purpose of art is the washing of dust of daily life off our souls.
It takes a long time to become young.
Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.
Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.
The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
Good artists copy, great artists steal.
The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?
Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.
He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.
Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.
Everything you can imagine is real.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.
One must act in painting as in life, directly.
Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar.
Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.
You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.
Disciples be damned. It's not interesting. It's only the masters that matter. Those who create.
The more technique you have, the less you have to worry about it. The more technique there is, the less there is.
With our biggest-ever event happening later today, I apologize for "cheating" by using quotations instead of original thought, but hey, isn't Picasso cool?
Check back here in a few days for updates on all of the fantastic things going on at Mayu Silk Art! Prepare to be amazed.
A talented photojournalist named Arianna Grainey visited the Mayu Silk Art booth at the Huntington Beach Pier back in 2015, and fell in love with the beautiful art of water marbling. Also in 2015, a lady named Sharon Wozny brought her family to the same booth at the pier, and made scarves with us. Working beside Sharon as she worked on her scarf, Star McCain (co-founder of Mayu Silk Art) learned about Sharon's involvement with an organization called The Children's Cancer Network (CCN),located in Chandler, AZ.
In these two random visits, a shared dream was born.
Two ladies from Arizona who didn't know each other visited our booth in California on two different days, and the seeds which were planted then were brought to the harvest on March 16, 2016, when The Mayu Silk Art team arrived at CCN for a wonderful day of scarf-making fun with children and families dealing with childhood cancer.
Sharon was not able to be there on that day, but she was the spark that lit the flame. Arianna picked up the torch when she covered the story in a local paper called the Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent. As far as we know, this is the first time any journalist has done a story about us. After this uplifting, artful experience, our hearts are warm with the thought of how this magical Mayu Silk Art Experience is able to bring people together.
Believe it or not, it's a toss up for_ us right now. I mean, how do you decide between Paul Audley (the President of Film L.A. a great-hearted leader who brought us back for another full day of scarf-making with 60 very appreciated employees) and the senior partners of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (a law firm that brought us to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach, CA, for an afternoon of fun as a special Spouses Event during their annual company conference)?
Love your employees, and they'll love you. Love their families, and they'll REALLY love you. Right?
Anyhow, we love them all, from the new part-time intern at Film L.A. who was so surprised to be treated to the opportunity to design and create her own water marbled silk scarf while still on the clock, to the gentle giant husband of an AALRR employee who was so fascinated by this art form that he pestered us with questions, took tons of photos, and jumped into making his red, white and blue design with great gusto.
In the end, the real award didn't go to the bosses at all, but to the wonderful folks who they treated. So, here's to the bosses who live by the Golden Rule, and who understand the value of the Gel-Git: that back-and-forth, give-and-take generosity of spirit that makes life an art.
Does Valentine's Day always look the same for you, a faux holiday comprised of doilies and cheesy sentimental greeting cards, stiff bouquets and chocolate hearts, and another bottle of cologne? This year, scrap the mundane and indulge in the unique, timeless art of water marbling. Give the gift of the Mayu Silk Art Experience!
1. Awesome Date for 2 Bring your loved one to our booth at the Huntington Pier to make a one-of-a-kind Valentine they'll never forget - their own hand painted design on luxurious 100% silk. Surf City U.S.A., with it's picturesque pier, sexy beach views, and the many shops and restaurants on Main Street are renowned as a romantic destination. Even sweeter is the fact that it's a 4-day weekend. We'll be spreading the love all weekend, Feb. 12-15.
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2. Hallmark can't touch this!! Already made reservations for another Valentine's Day brunch? No worries. You can still spice up the day with a Mayu Silk Art Gift Certificate, redeemable at our booth, in our online store, or toward the cost of one of our super-fun workshops. If you need something more tangible, custom order an artisan scarf in our store.
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3. Be SPECTACULAR this year!! Make a really BIG splash by surprising your sweetheart with the gift of a private Mayu Silk Art Party for his/her friends and family. We can't think of a more unique way to say, "I love you."
We are honored to have our artisan scarves featured at the museum store at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA. The Huntington Store offers thousands of luxurious, whimsical, and unique gifts to delight shoppers in a vaulted sky-lit space with eight thematic rooms. Each month the store features a specially curated selection of seasonal gifts and books, apparel, toys, and home decor relating to The Huntington’s library, art, and botanical collections. They love our scarves in traditional water marbled designs which evoke the beauty of the antique water marbled end papers (and sometimes covers) of many of the rare books on display in the Library Collections.
For more information about The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Garden, as well as The Huntington Store, please visit http://www.huntington.org/
Pictured below are just a few of the designs we sent to the Museum Store in 2015.
Paint meets paint! Creativity was the word of the day this past Friday as we made scarves with the fine folks from Behr Processing Corporation (ie, Behr Paints). What a fun group of people, and the lovely garden setting - at Cafe Rose Express in Costa Mesa - was simply perfect. We are so grateful to Sr. VP Kelly Kambs and her cheerful assistant, Lynpo Lo, for making it a day to remember for all of us. I only wish I'd had a chance to take more pictures of all the amazing designs everyone made!
Look up Behr Paints at http://www.behr.com/consumer/
Visit Cafe Rose Express at the Promenade Event Centre and Gardens, 1570 Scenic Avenue, Costa Mesa CA. Open Monday-Friday from 7:00am to 2:00pm. Phone: 949-478-8777
Or visit the Cafe Rose Express website at http://caferoseexpress.com/
Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution that provides pediatric health care to more than 107,000 children each year in a setting designed just for their needs.
We are honored to have been invited to share the beautiful Mayu Silk Art Experience with the patients and families at CHLA through their Mark Taper and Johnny Mercer Artists Program.
If you have ever experienced the wonder of water-marbling, you can imagine the joy this beautiful, uplifting art form will bring to to these youngsters who have been burdened with so much!
This endeavor will require a coming-together of supporters and volunteers. We are currently working on putting together a crowd-funding campaign, to help us get this effort off the ground. To launch a successful campaign, we need to create a promotional video and print materials, and prepare ourselves for the fulfillment of thank you rewards. Stay turned for more on that after the beginning of the new year...
In the meantime...
To better understand how, through art and music, the Artists Program works to heal the whole child, please consider this excerpt from the CHLA website:
WON'T YOU CONSIDER HELPING MAYU SILK ART GET THIS EFFORT OFF THE GROUND BY MAKING A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO OUR "PAY IT FORWARD" FUND?
If you are interested in donating directly to our effort to bring the Mayu Silk Art Experience to the artists program at CHLA, please click here and specify in the blank box labeled “Other” that you would like your donation to go directly to the “CHLA Artists Program." For donations of $39 or more, we will be able to provide an in-kind donation form from CHLA.
If you or your community organization is interested in volunteering to help bring the Mayu silk Art Experience to the Artists Program at CHLA, or any of our other community outreach programs, please email Star McCain at firstname.lastname@example.org. Not from the Los Angeles area? Don't despair - other volunteer opportunities may be available in your area, so feel free to inquire!
In this season of change, I am grateful for the ways we have been touched, healed, and transformed by this fascinating and magical art of water marbling. It has changed the way I see the world. Although I have always felt an affinity with nature, I now see patterns and designs and colors I never noticed before, that bring to mind the swirls and twirls of paint on water. In fact, I often find myself transfixed as I watch an artist creating their one-of-a-kind design, lost in the beauty they are creating before my eyes. It is the same feeling I get when confronted with the glory of a sunset over the Pacific, or the soft curve of a baby's cheek, or the deep browns, greens, oranges and reds, yellows and grays of a lush forest floor in autumn. This breathtaking feeling is, in a word, AWE.
We want to know what inspires you, and hope that you will share your comments below. As a thank you, we're sharing a free coloring sheet taken from a photo of one of our scarves. It is the Bouquet design, and we hope you'll enjoy it!
Before you post your comment below, I invite you to consider the definition of the word, "Inspiration."
Pronunciation: /ɪnspɪˈreɪʃ(ə)n/ Definition of inspiration in English:noun1[MASS NOUN] The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative:Helen had one of her flashes of inspirationthe Malvern Hills have provided inspiration for many artists
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1.1The quality of being inspired:a rare moment of inspiration in an otherwise dull display
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1.2[COUNT NOUN] A person or thing that inspires:he is an inspiration to everyone
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1.3Divine influence, especially that supposed to have led to the writing of the Bible.
2A sudden brilliant or timely idea:then I had an inspiration
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3[MASS NOUN] The drawing in of breath; inhalation:crackling sounds are heard in the stethoscope on inspiration
It is that last definition that caught my attention. It is the one most closely aligned with the word's origin: OriginMiddle English enspire, from Old French inspirer, from Latin inspirare 'breathe or blow into' fromin- 'into' + spirare 'breathe'. The word was originally used of a divine or supernatural being, in the sense 'impart a truth or idea to someone'.
The original form of water marbling, Suminigashi, involves the use of wind, -either the breath from the mouth or by waving a fan - across the surface of the water to create flowing designs. In the Mayu Silk Art booth at the Huntington Beach Pier, we often find that the ocean breeze will play with our carefully combed or drawn designs, altering them in ways that usually produce delight on the part of the artist.
It is, I guess, the way that nature - or perhaps something more Divine - inspires our art to become something greater, more mysterious, more wonderful.
So, now to the question. What inspires you?!
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(Click the black and white picture below to open the coloring page, then hit print. Enjoy!)
Jane LaFazio was a guest at a Mayu Silk Art Experience party at her friend's home in San Diego, CA this past summer. We enjoyed meeting Jane and all of the ladies, many of whom are artists of one kind or another. Everyone had a great time making scarves on the patio, in spite of the summer heat, and Jane (who we later found out is quite well-known as an artist and teacher) wrote about the experience on her blog. Jane shared some great pictures with captions highlighting the process. You can view Jane's blog by clicking HERE
We posted a link to the blog entry here on this page, and on our Facebook page, but I wanted to give an update and a bigger show of our appreciation for Jane's contribution. You see, after Jane's blog was posted, we received numerous inquiries and Facebook "likes" from her readers in many parts of the country. As a result of her story, we booked several Mayu Silk Art parties and workshops in California and Arizona, and plans are in the works for us to travel to Chicago, Minneapolis, and possibly Texas!
Needless to say, we think Jane is the best thing since Acrylic paint, and we are very grateful for her artistic friendship and her beautiful spirit. She is truly extraordinary! Please do take time to read her blog post, and take a look at her website at http://janelafazio.com
Glennwood House Scarf Making Day13 September ·
On September 13th, our team had the opportunity to make scarves with 25 of the residents at Glennwood House, an amazing home for independent adults with special needs. See the photos in the slide show below. The scarves - which as you can see came out great - will be auctioned off at the upcoming gala event benefitting Glennwood. Funding for this activity was made possible by the incomparable Danielle Wilson of Sotheby's International Realty, who is a fantastic lady with a big heart and a great laugh. We owe her a debt of gratitude for her dedication and support.
Glennwood House of Laguna Beach is a GORGEOUS 42 room facility that also has a Dining Hall, gym, Sensory Garden, media room, Art Studio and Game area for residents to enjoy. The facility opened in the Summer of 2013 and is geographically close to wonderful Laguna restaurants, down town shopping, walking distance to beach access, the park and recreation sites!
In chatting with the residents, we learned that they come from all over California, and all of them seemed thrilled to call Glennwood their home. We very much look forward to spending more time with this group in the future,
For more info about Glennwood House, go to http://glennwoodhousing.org/the-glennwood-house/ or visit their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/GlennwoodHouseOfLagunaBeach?fref=ts
For more info about Danielle Wilson, go to http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/associate/180-a-1280-4022719/danielle-wilson
See the scarves on display at the Glennwood Gala at The Ranch in Laguna Beach by clicking HERE. (LOOK FOR THEM AT ABOUT 1:09 IN THE VIDEO)
Perhaps you have felt it - that magical, serendipitous sense that draws us into the art of painting on water, and that wondrous moment when we see our design jump to the silk, to be saved forever. We leave with not only a silk scarf, but a memory of joy and a feeling of accomplishment.
This Mayu Silk Art Experience connects our team with people in a unique way, because as people come into our little corner of the world and hear our stories and dabble in the very cool art of water marbling, they also invite us into their hearts, homes and businesses. They have an emotional connection to our brand because of their experiences with it, so our actions as a company must live up to the stories we tell and the art that we share. We know what it is to struggle, to feel pain or fear, or to just have a rotten day. But we cannot always know what someone else may be dealing with on the day that our paths cross. That is why we take seriously our obligation to make sure that everyone receives the same one-to-one attention as they ask questions and work their designs. Likewise, we have ourselves been touched by this art and by the caring attention of others, and we know the importance of paying it forward.
As Phil and I look to the end of our first year in business, and the beginning of the next, we are perched on the edge of what we believe is the next big step for Mayu Silk Art - a partnership with corporations and individuals who want to bring this experience to others through what we are affectionately calling the "Gel-git Initiative."*
This collaborative effort of donors, volunteers, and corporate and non-profit agencies will enable us to bring the art of water marbling to Children's Hospitals, cancer patients, victims of trauma and abuse, and others with a special need for TLC. Please call us at (949)424-3458 if you would like to be a part of this grass roots initiative.
At Mayu Silk Art, we believe that our commitment to community must extend beyond the joyous environs of our paint boxes, marbling trays and rinse buckets to the world in which we all live. It is a beautiful world, with an abundant need for care and compassion, love, hope and healing. This shared Mayu Silk Art Experience is an opportunity for all of us to connect with and inspire others. The example we set as a company of just a few is nothing compared to the impact we can have when we inspire the many others who cross our path every day to take action themselves, and to make a difference.
We are grateful to all who have cheered us on, waited patiently for their turn to make a scarf, run out to get us a cup of coffee on a busy cold day, shared their photos with us, and in so many other ways helped to support this venture called Mayu Silk Art.
It is our daily hope that the world tomorrow will be a different, better one, because we were here today.
* Gel-git is Turkish for "back and forth," and is the name of the most basic combed pattern in water marbling technique, and the foundation off many more complex designs. Go to our photos page to see examples.
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Yikes. September is almost upon us. Every year, the ninth month seems to mark a turning point. It brings the end of the summer schedule, the beginning of the school year (for most), the turning of the leaves... but that isn't what I am talking about. It's the change of perspective.
During the lazy days of summer, we bask in the complacency of long hot days, icy cold drinks, sleeveless nights, the lapping of the water, the sizzle of the sidewalk, the jingle of the ice cream truck and the scream of the rides at the fair. It is a blur, it is warm, it is comfortable.
But when September rolls around, we suddenly find ourselves looking forward to cold starry nights, hot fires, and the warmth of family. We pick up the pace, we focus our eyes on a higher horizon, start planning out how we are going to make this holiday season/school year/fiscal end different.
We realized today that, after Labor Day, we have several "no event" Fridays at our usual spot at the Huntington Beach Pier Art-A-Faire. How are we going to make up for that lost opportunity?
We'd better not wait until September to figure it out. Time to mobilize.
So, we are offering a 15% discount on any corporate or private event which is booked between now and October 2. What a great opportunity to get started early on your holiday planning, or to throw one really awesome party to celebrate the end of summer!
We would love to make summer last just a little longer....with you :)
P.S. We will be at the Huntington Beach Pier on the following dates:
Labor Day Weekend September 4-7
October - December many dates To Be Announced!!
On April 30, we had the pleasure of being one of a handful of artisan vendors selected to showcase their products at L.A. Weekly's ARTOPIA at The Container Yard. This annual celebration of the vibrant arts and culture scene in Los Angeles! Art, fashion, music, food, mixology and fun came together in a vibrant splash of color as guests stepped off the city street into a wonderland intended to excite all of the senses, and we were thrilled to be right in the midst of it all. It was a very eclectic show, with everything from from fresh floral wearable art, to hand crafted beers and cocktails, to body painting and a Scream Room, which invited people to release their pent up anger by, well, screaming. One of the folks who visited our booth was blogger Jen a.k.a. Hugs a.k.a. Jennie Jen. Her photographic blog (https://loveandhatela.wordpress.com/) is a virtual portrait gallery of L.A.'s best street artists and performers.
Just unearthed from the internet (ie, we didn't see it til now), Jennie Jen had these words to say about her experience at Artopia, and especially about the Mayu Silk Art Experience:
For those of you who were unable to make the exhibit, here’s a photographic recap of what went down for LA Weekly’s Artopia at The Container Yard on Thursday, April 30, 2015. The artists were all very talented but if I had to narrow it down to one of my most favorite from the event, I would have to say that I was really intrigued by the interactive display presented by Mayu. Colorful things attract my attention. I was kind of blown away and spent a lot of time at their booth. I was just trying to gather as much information about their technique as possible. They were a very pleasant pair. I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to see them in person if you ever get a chance. You can also visit their website at www. mayusilkart.com ...
Jennie Jen's great photos of the Mayu Silk Art booth start HERE Scroll through in either direction to see the full gallery (note: some of the art contains live nude models). You can learn more about Jennie Jen and her artistic journalism & photography by visiting her website, at
Until today, it has been a hectic week. Ok, it has been a hectic month. That's not really going back far enough. We're talking months, years even. For the most part, my life is hectic. There is seldom a moment when I am not trying to DO something. I am like the Energizer Bunny on Auto Pilot.
Today, however, I found myself wooed into taking a time out, and going to the pool. I did not admit to myself that it was a time out. I did not go with the intent to NOT DO something, but reasoned that I could get some much-needed exercise AND cool off at the same time. I took a hat and my phone, in case I needed to check my emails or answer a call or look something up on the internet. I'm always prepared to DO something.
The moment happened, though, when I found myself floating on my back in an otherwise empty pool, arms outstretched, eyes closed, doing NOTHING but breathing, gently, slowly, and quietly until all I sensed was breath and water. Breath and water...
My beloved art of water marbling was born in breath and water. Suminagashi (墨 流 し) is the ancient Japanese technique of decorating paper with inks. It is believed to be the oldest form of marbling, originating in China over 2,000 years ago and practiced in Japan by Shinto priests as early as the 12th century. Suminagashi (sue-me-NAH-gah-she), which means literally “ink-floating” involves doing just that.
Japanese Sumi-e inks were originally used, dropped carefully to float on a still water surface and then blown across to form delicate swirls, after which the ink was picked up by laying a sheet of white rice paper atop the ink covered water.
Water and breath. In suminigashi, no tools are used to directly manipulate the inks. The artists uses only the breath, or wind created by fanning with the hand, moving across the surface of the water, to create graceful designs that evoke images of mountains, lakes, forests and streams, flowers and trees, earth and the heavens.
Today, I was the ink, not the artist. And that, I think, is utterly beautiful.
"Gel-Git" is a Turkish phrase meaning "back and forth," and is the name of the basic chevron-like water marbling design formed by pulling the rake, comb or stylus back and forth through the paint.
We hope that this phrase will also describe our relationship with you and the many other folks with whom we have enjoyed sharing this beautiful art form.
Please feel free to contact us at any time with your photos, ideas, questions, event inquiries, or custom orders.
Star McCain and Philip Greenwood took a leap of faith, abandoning lucrative professional careers to follow their dream of working together to share the joy and beauty of water marbling on silk with others.