Meraki Art Designs
"Art with Meaning"
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Art makes me happy. Over the past years I have focused my studies on "Arts in Medicine". My interest in the study lead me to find out more by attending a certification training at the University of Florida. The things that I learned were amazing. Research has proven that Art can truly make a difference in the healing of both body and mind.
Shortly after my training, I lead several groups that focused on "sharing perspective through the lens", a university study dealing with resilience of a community after a disaster. I also lead vision board classes for those in addiction rehabilitation programs. The concept of expressive art was found to be a proven method in dealing with mental and emotional well-being.
I have taken my studies a bit further. By combining the benefits of essential oils into art which I call, "Arts and Oils", I have found added benefits that I enjoy sharing with all those that are seeking a life of wellness and happiness.
Co-owner of Talk Oils
"When words can't be expressed, art steps in and tells the story."
meraki [may-rah-kee] (adjective) This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love -- when you put "something of yourself" into what you're doing, whatever it may be.
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"We Have Not Forgotten"
September 11, 2021` marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Though many years have come and gone, we have not forgotten the brave men and women who gave their lives to save others. With this in mind, I created this design that honors those that lost their lives. The project was one that started out as a design for a dear friend who is the Fire Chief of the South Gulf County Fire Rescue in the panhandle of Florida. I originally placed the design on a mug, later I painted a canvas with the design and now have made "We Have Not Forgotten" tumblers using multi-media art techniques to create a very unique and useful item.
"343" represents the 343 firefighters that lost their lives on that infamous day.
My inspiration came from talking to various members of the Fire-Rescue community who unselfishly serve others on a daily basis. They are truly our angels,
For every "We Have Not Forgotten" Tumbler sold, we will donate $10.00 to the South Gulf Fire Rescue of Port St. Joe, Florida
The features of this Tumbler:
20 ounce stainless Steel
Includes a plastic, closable lid
Includes metal straw
The Design: The design features a firefighter with wings as he bravely faces danger to save others. He can be seen holding his ax and firehose. The colors resemble that of fire and smoke. (I actually used real smoke to create a burnt effect on the tumbler and it was carefully sealed). I used "ashes" to enhance the design as well as other mediums, such as Mica Powders to add dimension.
The tumbler is sealed and preserved by several layers of Food Safe Epoxy which preserves the design.
These exclusive tumblers are Limited. Each tumbler is handcrafted and may have slight variations based on the special effects used for each tumbler.
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Join me on a journey into art and oils. Together we will learn about how expressive art can help to relieve stress and lead to a better sense of well-being. This course will combine expressive art and the use of essential oils. Come along with me as we dream, create and inspire.
A few topics that we will cover:
Put together a journal. Journals don't have to just be based around words. You can make an art journal as well, that lets you visually express your emotions.
Only use colors that calm you. Create a drawing or a painting using only colors that you find calming.
Create a calming collage. Choose images that you find soothing, calming or even meditative and combine them to create a collage to help you to relax.
Make a dreamcatcher. Having bad dreams? Create this age-old tool for catching your dreams with a few simple tools.