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.
"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.