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On Mindfulness and Art

Mindfulness is an integral part of any artistic pursuit. In fact, it's most of the appeal of art: by connecting to the world, you can present in the moment and fully engage your senses. Mindfulness is about enjoying the process of translating your vision from your mind to the page...

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Five Great Things About Fiber Arts

"Fiber arts" is a catchall term for activities that involve, well... fiber. Crocheting, knitting, rug hooking, felting, braiding, macrame, lace making, and flocking fit under this umbrella. These are essential skills. They are old because humans have been making clothes, blankets, accessories, and tapestries since, well... since humans were a thing. Here's...

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Creative Influencers & Inspirations

One thing’s for sure about the creative world: as makers, we don’t do things in a void. Artistic collaborations and creative influencers inform what we do. They push us to try new things. Firstly, this cross-pollination of ideas creates a richness, and inspires us to learn new skills, better hone...

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Flow State, Wellness, and Creativity

What's the flow state? Psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi coined the term "flow state" in 1975. You know the flow state. It's when you're “in the zone” and lose a sense of time passing, or even an awareness of your body and bodily needs. Your thoughts and actions become aligned. Having a...