We're sure you've heard of the saying "New Year, New Me". A plethora of messages flooding your inbox on how to "be the best you". Although there is nothing wrong for wanting more from yourself, your situation, or your life - all is allowed - these messages often forget that just by being who you are, is a success. Your very unique iteration of life is already enough, just as it is.
Have you ever started a resolution and just as quickly, stopped it? I know I have. I realized that I was making these lofty goals, outside of myself. I was striving for a "new me" instead of using what I already have inside and around me to take the next step. I changed the slogan to "New Year, Same Me". A year where I strive for some areas of "new" while also recognizing myself along the journey! Here are my favorites on how to get started:
Steady yourself and acknowledge the power you already possess just as you are. Create a list of all of the things...
First, I wanted to share that this is Wellness for Makers’ 50th Podcast episode! How exciting is that?!
Thank you all for tuning in week after week. For sharing episodes with your friends, family, students, and co-workers. It truly means so much to me! I am so honored to be able to have the opportunity to share so many incredible conversations that leave you feeling inspired to improve your studio practice.
With that being said, I am so honored to introduce today’s guest to the 50th episode, Serafine Lilien. As a graphic designer, Serafine developed a repetitive strain injury resulting from excessive work with a computer mouse. She retrained as an ergonomist and then went on to create ErgoArts. This wonderful organization she has created combines her two passions: art and ergonomics! She has more than 20 years of hands on experience as a professional ergonomics consultant for companies of all sizes, and includes individuals working...
Giving Tuesday is here! I thought it would be a great opportunity to tell you all about some of the incredible organizations I know and love. These non-profit organizations are doing what they can to uplift the art community and inspire others. I am honored to have had the opportunity to connect with each of them through the Wellness for Makers Podcast. Which organizations are you supporting this year? Feel free to respond to this email and let me know. Together we can create positive change!
Womanly Magazine provides accessible health information to women and non-binary people through visual and literary art. Through their print and digital content, they lift up narratives that are often neglected by the typical women’s magazine. I love reading their magazine and know you will too! Tune into the Wellness for Makers Podcast to hear my conversation with Cheyenne Diaz to learn more about what Womanly is up to!
How many hours a day do you or your loved ones spend posting, texting, or scrolling? Let's face it, our lovely devices take us out of the present moment and distract us from our passions and loved ones. My friend Taylor Elise Morrison created this card deck with this topic in mind. The deck is called Instead. Anytime you have that urge to scroll, Taylor invites you to create a new pattern by pulling a card instead. The cards invite you to tune into your body and reconnect to your practice rather than overstimulating your mind through social media. (Support a Black/Woman Owned Business)
This got me thinking about trust in all areas of our life, but more specifically, trust in the body. We often talk about "repetitive strain injuries" here at Wellness for Makers. This means, injuries that occur due to repeated actions or movements that are not necessarily sustainable in the body for hours on end (i.e. poor posture at the wheel or your bench, uncomfortable ways you may hold your tools). This "repetitive strain" or movement, may also apply to our lack of movement. Perhaps many of your projects take place in a hunched over and rounded forward position. Your body starts to trust this pattern and may even build connective tissue around certain areas, especially joints, that it now believes should remain "stable". This is why injury may result from the...
In this week's episode, my friend Raïssa Bump here to help us "Reset"! Raïssa earned her BFA in Metals from Rhode Island School of Design and studied jewelry with Giampaolo Babetto at Alchimia in Florence, Italy. She’s been actively involved in the contemporary jewelry field and is well versed at making both intricate one-of-a-kind pieces and beautiful edition collections. Raïssa’s work is collected widely and has been included in various Lark Book publications and in the pages of Metalsmith magazine. She exhibits with galleries such as Sienna Patti Contemporary, teaches workshops at Penland School of Crafts , Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts amongst others, and is chair of the board of Art Jewelry Forum.
In 2015 Raïssa founded Reset, whose mission is to educate others to be attentive to their bodies’ signals and provide them with practical Self-Tuning techniques so that they...
There is this beautiful quote by BKS Iyengar in his book Light on Pranayama and it goes “Knowledge without action and action without knowledge do not help man, they must be intermingled.” I keep coming back to this quote because I feel that there is so much there.
We often know what we should do. How many times has your body told you to readjust your posture, stretch, drink a glass of water, or take a nap, and you ignored it? How many times have you powered through pain or strain to get something done? We often know what we can do to care for ourselves now but we ignore the signals our body sends us until the signal gets louder and louder. But why?
Change is inevitable. But we have the ability to decide how we wish to engage with change over time. Do you want to sit back and blame your poor posture? Or are you ready to do something about it? What is holding you back from creating lasting change in your body?
I am so excited to introduce this week’s guest to the show. Andrea Lui is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS), and is skilled in treating a variety of patients with acute and chronic pain. Andrea is passionate about patient education and empowering her patients to help themselves.
I found Andrea through her instagram page @TheKnittingPT. She began noticing that there were very little resources available to knitters, crocheters, and crafters alike on how to take care of their bodies. She was inspired to put out short videos with information on stretches, strengthening exercises, and information on how to care for your body.
No matter what type of maker you are, I know you will get a lot out of today’s conversation. So let’s dive in!
Special thanks to Vacationland Music Company for creating the intro and the outro of the Wellness for Makers...
Today we have the dynamic trio of Lucy Derickson, Jane Marsching, and Julia Giangrande from an Ethical Metalsmiths team on the podcast! We dive into a very special research project conducted by Julia following the life cycle of Jewelry Pickle.
Lucy Derickson is the Coordinator of the Crafts Area at Montgomery College in Rockville MD, with a focus on Jewelry and Metalsmithing processes. Additionally, she is a board member of the non-profit organization Ethical Metalsmiths (EM), and works as Chair of the EM Education Committee. Jane is a professor and sustainability fellow at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is an interdisciplinary artist, who explores past, present, and future human impact on the environment through collaborative research-based practices. Last but certainly not least, is our research conductor and Junior at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Julia Giangrande. She has an interest in creating sustainable and ethical works...
In this week’s episode we are so excited to have Leah and Grace Nixon from Tiny and Snail!
The two sisters grew up drawing and participating in the arts alongside each other. After continuing education and venturing into different pursuits separately, in the Spring of 2016, they began talking about the option to work alongside each other, again. In 2017, they introduced their stationary company, Tiny and Snail into the world! They bring warmth and magic back to people's mailboxes with their playful and colorful greeting cards. The method to their brilliant madness? The sister’s joke that Leah is the hands to fill in for Grace’s (that suffer from carpal tunnel) and Grace is the brains! Together, they are unstoppable.
Not long after their new beginnings, however, Leah suffered a surprising accident resulting in paralyzation and an amputated leg, due to a severed spine. Immediately upon regaining her ability to communicate, Leah anxiously asked, “Can...