Well the first half of the year has been INSANE!!! You know when all kinds of life events happen which makes the time just fly by!
In a total step out of your comfort zone moment I took over the Perth Upmarket Instagram page and took you behind the scenes in the Resinating Studio! Man this was overwhelmingly hard for this little introvert right here – but… I DID IT!! And according to many messages that I received from you guys (gees I love you all so much!) you reckon I’m a natural and was so relaxed! If only you knew!!
If you want to catch up on what you missed head to the Perth Upmarket Instagram page and check out their stories highlights tab for my studio day ♥
My beautiful college boy came home ♥ After two years away at college in America, ten months in the last stint since I squeezed him, and two weeks in Sydney quarantine, he made it safely back to Perth! He had an AMAZING time in North Dakota, playing baseball and acing all his classes. In fact he made the college President’s List with his 4.0GPA and also was selected as a Montana-Dakota conference scholar athlete.
The snow proved a challenge for playing baseball (North Dakota is pretty damn cold with temps getting as low as -33deg before we stopped looking – eek!!), but was exciting to experience! I think its awesome that he spent this time in a place that was so different to Perth or even Australia. It was a wonderful college and town with the most beautiful people. He has made some life long friends from all over the world and we hope that he can catch up with them soon.
My youngest son and his baseball team won the state championship title for his age group and we all travelled to Lismore, NSW, as my husband and I are team officials and my son played! This was kind of scary in these “unprecedented times” and travelling was so different to what you remember – it’s not carefree anymore! Anyway we all made it safely across the country and back with no hiccups and no covid! Yeah! Oh and the team did ok against some huge obstacles in their way, and we won the game my son pitched so this was pretty cool!
He’s now playing soccer in the winter and I am that thing that I never thought I’d be again – a soccer mum!! He is fearless and I still don’t know the rules even after three soccer players lol, but I love to watch them play whatever they are playing ♥
My amazing eldest son had his birthday and started a new job in the same week after 6 years at the one company and is loving it! He works and studies full time so is a bit of a machine at the moment! As the mum you just sit back and watch in awe as they all accomplish all these things that you are just along for the ride on! Like literally just the taxi getting them places and they make all this amazing stuff happen! My husband and I are exhausted just keeping track of it all lol
I’ve had some awesome custom project opportunities this year and have loved making beautiful pieces for your homes and loved ones ♥ My pieces really resonate with you for gift ideas and I love that I get to be a part of this gift giving journey with you. I’ve added some new equipment to my machinery line-up and am getting better at creating the wooden boards that I create the resin art on! Everything is completely handmade in my Resinating world and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Thanks for stopping by for a catch up – I’ll try to pop by again soon. Love, Marina xx
I love crystals and the way that when you read their meanings and what they support one always jumps out and speaks to you ♥
I love to have them around my house – my studio is full of them! – and wearing them always feels extra special.
I love to think that they are weaving their magic and spreading their good energy over my heart and home.
And I LOVE to pop them out under a full moon to cleanse and re-energise them – so good!
My gorgeous collection of Resinating Crystals has been created with love and intention to bring a breath of fresh air to your day. These gems will evoke feelings of love, well being, connectedness, protection and abundance. They will help to support you throughout your day – and they just look so pretty!
Each crystal has been cleansed under a full moon to raise their energy and bring positive vibes, and I have encased them in resin to protect their energy.
I know these gems will resonate with you as much as they do me and speak directly to your heart ♥
26th January – On this day waaaayy back in 2012 I put on my big girl knickers and plucked up a whole heap of courage from somewhere deep inside and registered my business name. (Trust me this was a HUGE step!) And just like that Resinating was born ♥ (Well I say just like that but really it evolved organically over many many years, much hardwork, many late nights, far too much overthinking and a tremendous amount of learning on the spot!!!)
WOWSERS! I’ve just realised this means that tomorrow, 27th January 2020, marks the start of the 9th year of business for Resinating and the 10th year of me creating my gorgeous glossy goodies!? This just blows me away! To have taken a vague wish to “learn resin” way back in the very beginning of 2011 into something that brings us both so much JOY is indescribable ♥
Over these years my products have blossomed, some things I’m no longer making and other things are just shelved for a bit, but the true core of my business, the absolute heart of it, has always stayed the same – YOU GUYS! My Resinating family. First and foremost out of everything that I do, every decision and every one of my practices, is making sure that my peoples are looked after. Be this with my customer service and interactions, or the quality of raw materials and sustainable products that I use to ensure kindness to both you and our planet, or the actual products that I produce. I love to know that they will last you or your loved ones for a very long time.
I just LOVE what I do. Over these past years I have played, tested, experimented, invested and watched my reject pile get smaller and smaller (insert happy dance!) as my skills increase so that I am able to bring you beautiful, quality products absolutely infused with love. Oh and I’ve done all this without watching a single YouTube video hehe! In fact YouTube really didn’t exist like it does now way back in 2011 – true story!. I am completely (and proudly) self taught. I learn best by actually doing and making mistakes so that I can refine my processes, broaden my skill base and increase my knowledge while exploring the medium. And you get original pieces made with love ♥ You’ve gotta be happy with that right!?
So now that I’ve realised the length of time I’ve been playing with resin, I’m looking back and reflecting about what I’ve been involved in over this time and some memories that spring to mind when I think of my business. In no particular order here’s my list:
- Market days being stall neighbours with my sister;
- countless collaborations;
- products in published magazines;
- online features;
- prize donations;
- sent treasures to France, England, Spain, New Zealand, all 7 states and territories of Australia, Germany, Singapore and Scotland to name a few!;
- have pieces in 6 star hotels (still pinching myself hehe);
- artists interviews with various publications and websites;
- wholesale – at times I’ve had products in six shops around Perth, one in Victoria, one in Queensland and one in New South Wales;
- moved into my dedicated “studio” in my husbands home workshop (he loves me!);
- Brand Ambassador for Perth Upmarket;
- created my own website from scratch;
- met the most amazing creatives;
- juggled life and met deadlines (not sure how sometimes!!)
This is just off the top of my head! Not bad. Each one of these points brings to my mind the pieces and people involved – such a lovely reflection ♥
And so just like that I head into my next year of business, excited to bring you new goodies and see where the year takes us. Who’s coming? xx
I’m a passionate West Aussie – 7th Generation in fact! My ancestors came to Perth on the second boat of free settlers from England and we have lived locally in the greater Wanneroo area ever since.
Through my stall at local markets I am lucky to cross paths with many travellers and visitors to our great state. I think each and every one of them marvel at our amazing beaches and become instantly enamoured. They are amazed at how clear the water is and how white and powdery the sand is, they just want to take it all home with them! An now they can (insert happy dance!).
Gorgeous Australian hardwoods decorated with glossy resin in colours depicting our stunning Indian Ocean. These boards have “Perth WA” encased under clear resin and make such a unique keepsake. Memories of happy times and loved ones ♥
I am so pleased to see the months of planning and trialling these boards come to fruition. And I’m ecstatic to release them into the world and share a little slice of WA with you all. Much love, Marina x
Once in a while someone or something comes along that challenges you to step up to the plate. That was the gorgeous Suellen Turner and her amazing collaboration opportunity.
The timing couldn’t have been worse for me, my son was having eye surgery the very next week, so my initial response was to politely decline and wish her luck with her amazing opportunity. I really didn’t want to promise and then let them down without knowing how the weeks would go post-op for my son. Well little did I know that Suellen didn’t want any old resin artist to work with them on this, she only wanted me! Now this totally blew my mind and left me speechless for quite a few weeks hehe.
For those of you who are lucky enough to cross paths with Suellen you will know that she is absolutely beautiful inside and out, a dynamo with a contagious energy for life and art. Over the next few days we emailed back and forth many times with me eventually throwing caution to wind and agreeing to do the job as best I could knowing that the short time frame was going to make it tricky! Oh and did I mention we live 3.5 hours away from each other!!!! But Suellen Turner was on my side rooting for me so anything was possible!
Suellen is the other half of Turner + Turner with her husband, the amazing artisan, Neil Turner. Together they create stunningly beautiful works of art using gorgeous timbers most of which are Australian. Now you have not seen timber in its true beauty until you have seen Neil’s work – truly inspirational and breathtaking in every possible way!
The collaboration itself was amazing. It truly peaked my curiosity and would allow me to step out of my comfort zone and flex my artistic muscle in many ways. But it also posed quite a few challenges that I worried would make the pieces not up to the high standard of work that I like to produce. Sometimes my standards are too high for this medium that I work with as resin is a finicky mistress, but I just cannot bring myself to send out lower standard pieces into the world.
Turner + Turner had been approached by LaGaia Unedited, an amazing Australian skincare company that were stocking their products in the day spas at the brand new soon to be opened Ritz-Carlton hotel which was being built at Elizabeth Quay in Perth. Turner + Turner were making visual merchandise stands, towel platters and logo stands out of Australian timbers for them to display their products on in the spas and had asked me to put resin touches on them as requested by LaGaia.
Wowsers! This just got really big real quick! I must admit when I said yes I did not really know what I was saying yes to, I just said yes I would help Suellen with her project! No wonder she gave me the biggest hug when she saw me at Perth Upmarket two days later lol.
I had my first ever conference call with the gorgeous ladies from LaGaia Unedited and their sister company People4Ocean. We chatted about the challenges that their requests held and I made sure that their expectations versus reality were on par with the medium. They have an amazing vision for their brands and were excited by the resin features and realistic about how resin ebbs and flows and that each piece would be unique. Not to mention the 99 other challenges that I brought up with the project hehe.
The project was not without challenges as a resin artist. The beautiful West Australian Tuart wood of the LaGaia logo stands was raw and dry but also quite fresh so I was worried it would release gases into the resin during the curing process. This did indeed happen but as I worked through the six stands using four different ways of doing them I was able to minimise the bubbles released. The glass like finish of the clear resin would not be preserved during the final finishing stages as the wood needed to be finished after the resin was added, so it would have a sea glass appearance. While I had a learning curve for working with these beautiful timbers, the Turners’ had a learning curve for sanding and finishing resin – the job that every resin artist puts off until the last possible minute!!!
The towel platters, made from Western Australian Jacaranda wood grown in Kalgoorlie, were curved two ways! Left to right to allow the towels to be stacked artistically as well as front to back with the curve of the tree! Now resin and curves are not friends in any way so these were super challenging. These were the items that worried me the most as I know how resin goes on curves but did the client truly understand the challenges with these and how they will look? Well after many sleepless nights trying to work out the best way to approach them I came up with a solution to my challenge. Now I am proud to say that this solution is actually quite innovative and I have used it since on another project with much success. A new technique to add to my repertoire. Sometimes victory really is on the other side of fear!
The visual merchandising stands (also made from beautiful Kalgoorlie Jacaranda wood) were flat so easier to resin. They did have a live timber edge (bark) like the towel platters which proves hard to resin up to without it running over and through it. Eek another challenge!
The sister company Peope4Ocean, which creates amazing sun care products that are kind to our oceans and reefs as well as amazing for our skin, were also getting some visual merchandising stands and logo stands. Their items were going to have an ocean vibe, think aerial ocean views and retreating waves. They had a strong vision of what they were after to represent their brand in the spas so I was sweating on meeting this vision! I am happy to report my work was well received by them and they were extremely happy with the flow of the resin.
Now remember through all of this I was working on the amazing creations of Neil Turner. I am in awe of his artistry and felt sick with the thought of living up to the standard of his work. This may sound melodramatic but all I had was the exact number of pieces that were needed for the project. No way of practising and no room for errors!! Oh my goodness!!! No pressure Marina haha
Well I am extremely pleased to say that all of these pieces were finished to the best of my ability, meeting an extreme deadline for all 22 items, and being well received by the staff at the spas and the Directors of LaGaia and People4Ocean. They were all blown away by the quality of work, a lot of which is the finishing touches by Neil and Suellen who are both beautiful artists. I learned so much throughout the project and am proud to add another feather to my cap on my Resinating journey and to have stepped up and collaborated with the gorgeous duo Turner + Turner. Sometimes you really do just have to do it!