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.
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"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.