Behind the scenes – life update (Part 2)

Wow!  What a crazy year this has been!  In my last update I was off to watch my youngest son play baseball at the National Championships in Victoria.  Well who could predict that we would in fact WIN the national tournament and then head to California just 4 weeks later to represent AUSTRALIA at the World Series!  How totally amazing!  This was the most surreal and truly special event to be at – and to watch my son and my husband (as coach) represent our country on the world stage…well that was just priceless ♥

This amazing opportunity meant that we had to post pone my sons eye surgery and this will now be done at the end of September.  Although nervous we are all looking forward to gaining some improvement in his vision and moving forward with the healing process.

 

I also headed back to America to finalise my middle son’s college admission and see where he will be living for the next two years.  He received a scholarship to play baseball and study at a college in North Dakota.  This was a truly special week of connection with him as he embarks on this next adventure and experiencing a whole lot of firsts with him.  Again priceless!  He’ll be home for Christmas and this can not come fast enough!  But he has settled in well and taken to it all like a duck to water.  Absolutely living his dream ♥

 

So although these trips gave our budget a hefty hit, I am so grateful that I was able to experience them first hand.  A good friend said to just go and work it out later and this proved to be the best advice we could have received!  I am trying to live present and mindful in the moment and approach things with an open and grateful heart.  This means that the memories I have from these trips will be with me forever.  Truly precious.

Behind the brand – a personal update

As well as a resin artist I am also the mum to three very awesome young men!  2019 has proven to be a huge year for my family.  It has already had its huge highs and a pretty low low.  Here’s a a little bit about it all.  (It’s moments like these that I am so very grateful for my creative space to escape to.)

One of my other hats is “Baseball Mum”.  All of my boys play baseball and all have competed at a very high level representing WA at National and International championships. They play for the love of the game and it is so rewarding to see them strive and work hard to achieve at something no matter the results on the field. They don’t always win but they always learn!

So with this in mind the first high of the year is that my middle son (19 next week) has achieved his ultimate goal and has received a scholarship to attend college in America to play baseball and work towards his physiotherapy degree.  Gosh this has been 10 years in the making and he has consistently worked towards this goal, not always achieving and not always the best player but always giving his all.  We are so very pleased for him and so very proud, but oh this mama’s heart is so sad to see him go!  You raise boys to leave the nest but man I thought he’d be older than 19!  So I am sad and happy at the same time (sad for me and absolutely bursting with happiness for him) which makes for interesting times haha.  He will be coming home for Christmas so I’ll be counting down for that!!

Which brings us to the next event which was a pretty low low.  My youngest son (13) was injured at baseball training one night in February when a miss thrown ball hit him flush on the eye.  This has caused permanent damage to his eyesight (he now has a “Traumatic Macular Hole”) in his right eye and he will be having surgery in July to try to get it back to about 70% vision.  He currently has 30% vision in that eye with a blurry section right in the middle of his vision.  He is the only known 13 year old (or child) in the world to have had this surgery, although it is an extremely common procedure in the 60+ age group for macular degeneration. (As the ball hit him directly on the pupil it has damaged the macular which is the dead centre at the back of the eye in the middle of the retina.)

Wow!  Just like that things sure can change.  But what this has confirmed is that he is an amazing young man, so strong, positive and resilient.  He has never once complained, not once said why me, he has just looked to the future with his positive nature and gotten on with it.  My husband and I learn from him every single day.  He is quite simply amazing!  In fact he is competing in a National baseball tournament next week!  Fearless I tell you! He wanted to pull out so as not to let the team down but the Coach asked him to stay as they could really use his pitching and his positive team player attitude.  His batting and fielding look a little rusty now unfortunately as two eyes are definitely an advantage in tracking a baseball!  His pitching is largely unaffected as it is a different action/process.  He is rocking his high impact protective glasses and loving being part of the team.  So GO NORTH!!  Make sure you’re cheering him on next week!

And then another high!  My eldest son turned 21 this week!  Just wow!  So exciting to watch him grow and mature.  He is a wonderful guy with a true heart of gold.  A loyal, hard working, funny, strong, loving, wonderful young man.  So proud ♥  (And gees I feel old now lol)

So you can see that 2019 has pulled at the heart strings of this mum in so many different ways already!  Not sure how I’ll get through the next half but with my Resinating family having my back and my art to escape to I know I’m in a much better place ♥ Mwah!

 

 

 

 

So – which resin?

Did you know that there are literally HUNDREDS of resin brands and types out there!?  Hundreds!  Want to know why it is so hard to recommend one for you?

What works for me may not work for you!  It’s as simple as that!

The reason for this is that each brand and type of resin has a different ‘personality’.  Each one has different properties and so is more suited to a certain usage.  They may have different purposes or be more suitable for a certain type of application,  or work better in my climate than yours, I might like thin resin you might like thick, or vise versa, you may not want to wait days to move your work or may want one for casting resin pieces.  What you want to use the resin for plays a large part in what properties are suitable to you.  Resin for casting? Art? Homewares? Selling? Playing? Jewellery?  Doming?  All these things seek different qualities.  Price also plays a large point as this is not a cheap exercise.  And cheap resin is often too good to be true giving poor finishes.  And one that I like might not be available in your city.  You may have never even heard of some of them in your country!  See!  So many different factors at play!

I personally have four or five (and often more haha) different resins on the go in my workshop at any one time.  True story! I have used more than 12 different brands, but there are HUNDREDS more brands that I have not used!  I may not have heard of the one that you use, you may not have heard of the ones that I use!  And that’s ok!

And do you know what?! Even if we use the exact same resin we may never get the exact same results!  Because WE also have unique properties that influence our work – and that my friend is simply the COOLEST THING EVER!!!

So get yourself some good PPE (Personal Protective Equipment – absolutely non negotiable), get yourself some resin, have a play and HAVE SOME FUN!

And on that note, I’m off to the workshop to do the same!!!  Woohoo!

Resin classes – an update

After extensive consideration, inner torment and much over-thinking I have concluded that I won’t be holding resin workshops.  I totally understand your excitement to work with resin, believe you me!, but unfortunately some people may have an allergic reaction to using resin and I do not want to take on this risk with my beloved Resinating family.

Resin is a glorious medium to work with but it does need to be fully respected.

If you are keen on doing a resin class there are quite a few being held around Australia, including Perth, with more seemingly to pop up daily.  I am concerned about some of the information being put out there by new resin artists so here are some things to look out for when booking a class:

  • That appropriate P.P.E is provided and used.  P.P.E is Personal Protective Equipment and should ALWAYS include – a respirator (fume and vapour mask), glasses/goggles, nitrile gloves, and an apron.  You can then also tie your hair back (trust me resin is the WORST in hair!!) and wear fitted long sleeves if you wish – make sure they’re not baggy sleeves as they will drag in the resin.  EVERY time you are working with resin you should be appropriately protected.  Resin art is not glamorous lol!
  • That the resin artist is insured and that the insurance covers you attending a workshop.
  • That a quality resin is used.
  • That the room is well ventilated and has access to running water.
  • That no food or drink is consumed during the class.

Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions before booking. Don’t risk your health and your artwork with taking shortcuts.  Use an artist that has been working with resin for a long time as it is a unique medium and the artist needs to be knowledgeable, not a fly by night pop up job.

REMEMBER I am always happy to help you with any questions you may have with regards to working with resin.  I will always try my best to point you in the right direction.  It is a wonderful medium to create with but does need to be respected.

I hope this helps, Marina x

Hello 2019!

Oh 2019 you wonderful thing! I have woken up to this new year feeling excited and inspired!  My heart is full of new ideas… annnnd my head is trying to work out if I can execute them!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are feeling just as refreshed and ready to jump into 2019 as I am!  Although if your routine is scrambled like mine at this time of year it’s hard enough just knowing what day of the week it is lol!!  But how exciting to have 365 (give or take) fresh starts before us!  I found this quote on New Years Day and it truly resonated with me:

So this year I’m going to try and wake up each morning and think of this very day as the best day ever!  I know some days just can’t be salvaged with a positive mindset lol but I’m sure going to give it a red hot go!  Who’s with me?The start of a new year always begins for me with choosing a “word” or a phrase for the year.  Does anyone else do this?  Normally I just ‘know’ what my word will be as it may have revealed itself towards the end of the last year, but this year has proven a bit more elusive to narrow it down!  And multiple words wasn’t working for me this year.  I think I finally have my chosen one and it does feel right for me on many levels – so inspiring to have a word that resonates!

My Resinating word range includes hand stamped cuff bracelets which are a popular way to wear your mantra – and of course they are fully customisable! I love to wear one with something that is resonating with me at the moment and may swap between a couple that I have ♥ These ones went out last week, it’s just so awesome to think of them inspiring the wearer! Love that!

In January while my son is on school holidays I will be sneaking time to focus on my new ideas and see if I can bring them to fruition.  Oh and my bookwork – there’s always a mountain of that to catch up on lol! I have a couple of personal projects to tackle as well which will push my resin knowledge to the limit so fingers crossed they work well enough!!  At least they’re just for me lol. I’ll also be planning for my year ahead with my very first market in March at the wonderful Perth Upmarket – ooh I can’t wait for this!  Will be so nice to see you all again!

Until next time, take care,
Marina x