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As an artist, I take studio safety seriously. I am always striving to learn more about how to create safer studio practices, so I am exited to share a great resource with all of you!

CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. I recently received one of their "Get Ready Grants", which I applied for after moving my studio from a community space to my home. I applied for it because I was concerned about metal dusts and fumes from solder, flux, wax, and silicone. I wanted to make sure that my workspace is safely ventilated to protect myself and my family from any unpleasant or potentially dangerous fumes.

With the grant, I purchased a HAKKO Fume Extraction System. Thi...

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I recently visited artist Jillian Zoltner Wolf in her studio. Jillian is a fiber artist, so she spends a lot of time at the loom. We discussed some issues that she experiences as a result of her studio practice, and a couple of self-care tools and massage techniques that could be beneficial for her.

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O+ is an organization that helps artists and musicians gain access health care. They host annual one-day and weekend-long celebrations, called O+ Festivals, during which underinsured artists and musicians create and perform in exchange for a variety of services donated by local doctors, dentists, and complementary care providers. Their next festival is just a little over a week away on October 6 - 8 in and all over Kingston, New York.

In this interview, Joe Concra (Painter, Co-Founder, and Executive Director of O+) and Kathleen Murray, (Director of Communications at O+) go into more detail about the organization and what we can expect at their event.

Photo credit: Stefan Lisowski via O+ Fes...

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We're excited to announce that we are now collaborating with New York Makers! Be on the lookout for a new story, and wellness tips, each month!

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