Here are some interesting UPDATED statistics as of 10/20/2020:
51 million+ views of the Insider Video featuring Mayu Silk Art.
45.8K+ Likes on our Facebook page
36.1K followers on our Instagram page
32,657 cumulative minutes (all participants) on our Zoom classes and get-together on Zoom so far this year!
25 countries represented by students of our Business In A Box and online business courses.
These Stats to boggle the mind were
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
-- Phil and Star
Watch for exciting updates on the van story and new business class opportunities coming soon!
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.
- Thankfully, we have enough supplies in stock - including trays, unmixed paints, blank silks and tools - to allow us to move forward with scheduled events, bringing the Mayu Silk Art Experience to our community without interruption.
- We have each other. Our shared dream, our belief in the intrinsic worth of this baby of ours, our confidence in our ability to overcome obstacles or find ways around them - these convictions are not swayed.
- We have an abundance of loving and supportive friends and family. When it seems like we are flailing in the wind, it is good to have strong ties that keep us grounded.
- We have our art. "Let the art lead you" is one of our mantras, and it has never rung so true. This art - the very one that brought you to this page - is powerful and amazing in its' ability to bring people together, to create new memories, to bring joy, and to heal.
- We have you. Our community at large. The people who have seen for themselves the magic that makes The Mayu Silk Art Experience so remarkable, and who are excited to be part of it.
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?!
Thank you. You are amazing.
- 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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/
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:
- "At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, bandages, medicines and compassionate clinicians are not the only things relied upon for patients to heal. At the Mark Taper and Johnny Mercer Artists Program, we also use paint, clay, musical instruments and poems to heal the whole child. To do this, we rely on art, dance, drama, music and expressive arts therapies.
- By serving the whole child, instead of just their symptoms of illness or injury, we help our patients achieve better health outcomes. Through art and music, we help them alleviate anxiety, provide psychological support and offer creative outlets for self-expression.
- Unlike the traditional art and recreation programs found in many hospitals, our artists program is an innovative model that brings together local artists, performers, and teachers with registered and certified Expressive Arts Therapists to meet the diverse needs of our patient population. This multidisciplinary approach offers our patients something beyond diversionary arts and crafts projects. All the while, young participants in the program are nurturing a life-long appreciation for the arts."
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 email@example.com. Not from the Los Angeles area? Don't despair - other volunteer opportunities may be available in your area, so feel free to inquire!
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!)
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
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
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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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.