Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Taking time to “Reinvent the Clock”

Marney Makridakis autographs her book for a DAFA member with a time-related name – Early Irwin.

THANKS to Artella founder Marney Makridakis for her lively talk at our July meeting. In keeping with the title of her new book, Marney shared some of her secrets for “Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life.”

A quote from Marney’s book encapsulates an important part of what she said: “I have a very full life, and my time is filled with many things. Yet I notice that I feel pressured and stressed only when I’m thinking about the linear clock. When I allow more flow to come into my life – not only in the freestanding, time-stopping peak experiences but also in the everyday movement of time – I feel like I am partnering with time instead of working against it, and I realize how much time there really is.” 

A few of the participants in the mini-workshop show their collaged clocks during Show & Tell.

Marney urged us all to measure time less by the clock, calendar, or datebook, and more often in other measurements like pauses, ritual, metaphor, gratitude and love. As artists, we need to give ourselves more of what she calls “ARTsignments.” In our mini-workshop she challenged each participant to create a unique, individual collaged clock -- not a clock of hours, but a “Clock of Ours.”
-- Carolyn Skei, program chair

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Molas and How's Your Studio Time?

Discovering More about Molas

If you missed our June program, you missed a wonderful presentation about molas. Lorie Haydenburk brought her beautiful collection to share with us. Lorie shared with us the grand history, as well as the culture and pride, that goes into the creation of each and every mola. It is a right of heritage to learn the process and develop the skill to create molas. The themes vary, as does the complexity of the creations. What a blessing for DAFA to be enriched by this program. Thank you, Lorie, for sharing with us.

And a special thanks to DAFA member Brenda Wyatt (above right with Lori), who has visited the San Blas Islands with Lorie. Brenda led us in making colorful and fun paper mola cards for our mini workshop. Take a look at a couple of the members' creations below!

UPCOMING PROGRAM: Do you struggle with making time for your art? Join us on July 23 to hear Marney Makridakis, creator of  and author of the new #1 Amazon bestselling book, Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. This will be another fun and inspiring program to get us out of our ruts and into creating new art.