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WELLNESS FOR MAKERS: BOOST YOUR MOOD THIS SPRING

Sometimes you need to put your work down, step out of the studio, and try something new to shift your perspective, gain some inspiration, and move forward with momentum. Here are three ways to boost your mood this spring!
MAY 31, 2018 | BY: MISSY GRAFF BALLONE

WELLNESS FOR MAKERS: THREE GREEN TIPS FOR THE CONSCIOUS MAKER

Have you ever wondered if there is more you can do in your studio, and at home, to reduce your impact on the environment? Here are three green considerations to take into account while you’re working on your next big piece. 1. Do More with Materials Recycling Photo: TerraCycle Have you ever wondered how to recycle your 3D-printing materials, safety goggles, or any other random art supplies? It is not always easy. But you can go onto the website of innovative company TerraCycle (based in New Jersey, but doing lots to help with recycling “hard-to-recycle” waste in New York and...
APR 30, 2018 | BY: MISSY GRAFF BALLONE

WELLNESS FOR MAKERS: STRENGTHENING TIPS FOR THE BUSY CREATIVE

Wellness for Makers' Healthy Hands Gift Pouch When we think of strengthening, we often think of weight-training at the gym. The idea of committing to that kind of routine can be intimidating, but when we think of “strength” as it relates to the health of our hands, eyes, or businesses, it becomes a lot more accessible. Strengthen your hands. Your dominant hand and wrist get a lot of extra exercise from everyday activities. Brushing your teeth, holding your phone, and sipping your favorite beverage may not seem like a lot of muscular activity, but it all adds up. Challenge yourself...
MAR 27, 2018 | BY: MISSY GRAFF BALLONE

WELLNESS FOR MAKERS: WARM UP AND KEEP GOING

It’s still winter and dang, it’s cold! If you’re like I am, it can be hard to leave the house on days like these. Winter can be tough on the body because of the low temperatures and lack of daylight. Also, many of us don’t get enough exercise in the colder months, so our bodies ache and desire movement. Even though it’s cozy to lay in bed and work on your laptop or watch an episode on Netflix, remember that it is even more important to keep the body warm and moving in the winter months. Here are a few...
FEB 26, 2018 | BY: MISSY GRAFF BALLONE

WELLNESS FOR MAKERS: THREE RITUALS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Illustration: Julianna Brazill Self-care is often thought of as a luxury, but I believe it is a necessity. Caring for your mind and body involves so much more than taking a trip to the spa or yoga studio. Our body is our most important tool and we must re-evaluate how we define and prioritize self-care in our lives. Here are a few tips and recommendations. MOVE YOUR PHONE AWAY FROM YOUR BED: This one is a challenge, but really important. Instead of opening up your text messages, favorite social media account, or email the second you wake up, take a...
JAN 23, 2018 | BY: MISSY GRAFF BALLONE

WELLNESS FOR MAKERS: HAPPY HEALTHY HANDS!

Photo credit: Eyespy Photography Do you experience pain or discomfort in your hands or wrists? Ouch! Here are some techniques you can use to develop a well-rounded "Healthy Hands Routine" that works for you! -- Photo credit: Monica Zaldivar Stretch Your Hands Stretching is a great way to exercise your range of motion, which can help to improve mobility. Here is a simple stretch for you to try: 1) Interlace your fingers in front of you. Turn your palms forward. Raise your hands over your head. 2) Breathe. 3) Hug your arms in towards each other. Reach toward the sky....
DEC 26, 2017 | BY: MISSY GRAFF BALLONE

WELLNESS FOR MAKERS: ENERGIZE THE MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT WITH MASSAGE

 Fiber Artist Jillian Zoltner Wolf "Hit the Spot". Photo credit: Monica Zaldivar This story is brought to you by our partner: About Wellness for Makers: The mission of Wellness for Makers is to motivate and empower artists through education and mindful living. Wellness for Makers was created to make self-care, stretching, and massage techniques more accessible to artists everywhere. We strive to make it easy to find good resources, including interviews, articles, videos, and links to valuable organizations. Our workshops provide hands-on training in stretching and massage techniques that are easy to incorporate into an artist’s daily studio routine. These techniques...
OCT 22, 2017 | BY: MISSY GRAFF BALLONE

WELLNESS FOR MAKERS: INTERVIEW WITH O+ FESTIVAL

"Hand Stretch" illustration by Julianna Brazill via Wellness for Makers This story is brought to you by our partner: About Wellness for Makers: The mission of Wellness for Makers is to motivate and empower artists through education and mindful living. Wellness for Makers was created to make self-care, stretching, and massage techniques more accessible to artists everywhere. We strive to make it easy to find good resources, including interviews, articles, videos, and links to valuable organizations. Our workshops provide hands-on training in stretching and massage techniques that are easy to incorporate into an artist’s daily studio routine. These techniques are designed...
SEP 26, 2017 | BY: MISSY GRAFF BALLONE

WELLNESS FOR MAKERS: THREE CREATIVE PLACES TO EXPERIENCE WELLNESS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN NEW YORK

Photo Credit: Monica Zaldivar via Wellness for Makers This story is brought to you by our newest partner: About Wellness for Makers: The mission of Wellness for Makers is to motivate and empower artists through education and mindful living. Wellness for Makers was created to make self-care, stretching, and massage techniques more accessible to artists everywhere. We strive to make it easy to find good resources, including interviews, articles, videos, and links to valuable organizations. Our workshops provide hands-on training in stretching and massage techniques that are easy to incorporate into an artist’s daily studio routine. These techniques are designed to...
AUG 20, 2017 | BY: MISSY GRAFF BALLONE

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