To contact Gika Rector, call 713.213.7643 or send e-mail.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Nuno Felting at Twisted Yarns
January 19, 2011

Date and time

Nuno feltWednesday, January 19, 2011
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Description

Join artist Gika Rector for this introduction to the magical process of making nuno felt more

Fee

$35, plus a materials fee of $10

How to register

Registration is closed for this event.

Call Twisted Yarns at 281-528-8664 to register.

Location

Twisted Yarns
702 Spring Cypress Road, Suite A [MAP]
Spring TX 77373

Grief and Gratitude

I don’t like to think of myself as greedy, but it does occur to me that I want a lot. A whole lot. As in, maybe too much to ask for. I want a long, full, rich life. And I want all my friends and loved ones—including you—to have long, full, rich lives.

What I’ve noticed lately is that I’m afraid I’ll miss out. I recently lost a few people who were near and dear to me.

Empty chairsOne was 86 years old. He had a long, rich, full life and knew it. He seemed satisfied with his life, but he would have happily welcomed more. He was my father-in-law, and I can’t begin to express how much richer my life is because of his life and the way he lived it.

Another person I lost was half my father-in-law’s age and died suddenly. She lived a rich, full life, but it was much too short for me to get to know her as I would have liked. My life was richer and fuller because of my brief acquaintance with her.

I’ve also lost two of my brothers recently. They were younger than I, and they missed out on some things that I hold dear. It makes me sad to think that their lives might not have been as rich and full, and certainly not as long, as I would have liked. And, again, my life is richer for having been their sister.

Grieving is a curious experience. I find myself feeling sad and tired. And then I find myself wanting to reach out and go for the gusto—do the things I’ve always wanted to do, go the places I’ve always wanted to go, live life to the fullest. And there’s also the realization of what I don’t want. I don’t want to lose any more friends and loved ones.

I keep everything. I’m not a hoarder, but I don’t let go of stuff easily, and I feel especially determined to keep my friends and loved ones. The odd thing is that when I hold on too tightly—to people or to stuff—my life feels less full. When I enjoy the moment, enjoy the presence of others, even when I experience the sadness and grief and confusion, my life is richer, fuller, better. As far as how long a life ought to be, that’s a mystery. It can seem very long indeed, and yet, no matter how long, it’s the blink of an eye.

Thanksgiving is next week, and I’m thinking about gratitude. Gratitude for life in all its mystery and confusion and grief and grace. I’m so lucky. I wish you much to be grateful for and a very happy Thanksgiving celebration.

The Well-fed Artist: Going Places
January 13, 2011

Announcing the next meeting of The Well-fed Artist, a Meetup group intended to subvert the idea that artists have to starve, to suffer for their art. Artists can and do live rich, full lives. How? What does it take? How can they provide nourishment for themselves and one another?

Hosted by coach and fiber artist Gika Rector, this Meetup group explores what it takes individually and as a community to be well-fed.

Date and time

Thursday, January 13, 2011
7–9 pm

Description

Each meeting of The Well-fed Artist will be loosely structured around a theme, and will also include time for individual reflection and conversation.

The next meeting is Going Places. Sometimes we wonder if we’re going anywhere at all. Sometimes we set out toward a destination and lose our way. Sometimes we sail along with the wind at our backs. What does it mean for the Well-fed Artist to go places? What can we do to have more fun along the way? As the new year begins, it’s a perfect time to look at the road ahead. Please join us.

Participants are invited to bring something to share—a snack, an idea, or a show-and-tell.

Fee

The Well-fed Artist meetups are FREE and open to the public, but we encourage you to join the group and RSVP for events at the Meetup page. Group membership is free and entitles you to participate in the discussion forums, share messages with the community, and sign up for announcements about other Meetup groups in your areas of interest.

How to register

Registration is closed for this event.

RSVP by visiting the Meetup page or by sending us e‑mail.

Location

Frame Craft Lampros Gallery
26106 Oakridge Drive [MAP]
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Moderator

A fiber artist for more than 20 years, Gika Rector combines creativity, an education in psychology, and her role as a personal coach to facilitate transformation in individuals and organizations more

Nuno Felting at Twisted Yarns
January 12, 2011

Date and time

Nuno feltWednesday, January 12, 2011
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Description

Join artist Gika Rector for this introduction to the magical process of making nuno felt more

Fee

$35, plus a materials fee of $10

How to register

Registration is closed for this event.

Call Twisted Yarns at 281-528-8664 to register.

Location

Twisted Yarns
702 Spring Cypress Road, Suite A [MAP]
Spring TX 77373

Have I told you lately…?

Telling storiesHave I told y’all lately that I love coaching? Well, I do. I love it. I get to listen to people’s stories—the stories they want to tell, the ones they’re afraid to tell, the ones they need to tell. Sometimes I share some of my stories. Sometimes I ask questions—okay, I always ask questions.

And in the process of telling stories, listening to stories, and asking and answering questions, new stories emerge and lives are changed. These stories are not fairy tales, where our heroes ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after. These are real lives and real stories in which people move in new ways and in new directions. They live more happily, and the people around them get happier, too.

Thank you to all of you who help me to do what I love to do.