In 2015, Hart Ginsburg founded Digital Tapestries in response to his experiences as a psychotherapist. Inspired by the healing potential of art, he aimed to serve the diverse needs of his clients through interactive books and short films. He soon expanded his visual materials by developing a workshop format, offering film screenings as well as panel discussions. Each of Digital Tapestries’ productions – films, books, and workshops – encourages meaningful dialogue and human connection and encourages participants to reach beyond a surface level response by awakening to their own humanistic capacities.
Since its inception, Digital Tapestries has grown into a team of artists and professionals that draw from digital media, art, social work, psychotherapy, and communications.
Hart Ginsburg works as a psychotherapist focusing on existential and narrative approaches. Outside of psychotherapy, Hart is involved in film and book projects that cover a wide range of topics on humanity and healing. Hart’s approach evolved from his life experiences, incorporating both Eastern, Western, and natural elements into his aesthetic approach. A few of his artistic influences are Charlie Chaplin, Maya Lin, Harry Callahan, and his parents.
Stanley G. McCracken, Ph.D., LCSW
Stan is Senior Lecturer emeritus in the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. He has over forty years’ experience as a clinician, educator, and consultant. He served in the US Army from 1969-1974, as a Vietnamese linguist and a legal clerk. He has written about psychiatric rehabilitation, behavioral pharmacology, behavioral medicine, aging, motivational interviewing, and staff training. His current practice interests include mental health, drug, and medical problems; aging; veterans’ issues; and addressing cross-cultural and spiritual issues in direct practice. He regularly consults with Asian Human Services; Rush University Health and Aging; Lake County Veterans and Families Service Foundation; and the Professional Advisory Group for Advocate Condell Hospital Clinical Pastoral Education.
Public Relations Manager
Kimyo Naka is the founder of KCommunications, LLC, a Chicago-based boutique public relations agency, which provides businesses, non-profits and artists public relations, marketing, and branding consulting services. Through strategic communications, KCommuncations works closely with its clients to identify what will become news, working collaboratively to create stories and trends to enhance clients’ brand recognition and values. Kimiyo’s strategy is to serve as her clients’ advocate while cultivating long-term relationships with media professionals and business partners.
Community and Workshop Liaison
Caren Jeskey, MA, LCSW is a meditator, flute player and psychotherapist currently residing in Austin Texas, with a wanderlust that will have her in Chicago, New York, LA and other cities in the new year. She teaches yoga, meditation, and leads sound healing experiences for guests of the Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin. Caren facilitates musical, meditative journeys in collaboration with screenings of Digital Tapestries films. Feedback from a recent event that Caren led: Participating in the Digital Tapestries meditation event was a beautiful way to hold space with others without the psychic pressures and insecurities that can underly ‘normal’ social encounters. Caren facilitated with calm, eloquence, and grace, and the films of Hart Ginsburg pulled me into a world where everyday moments acquired a glowing mystery. -Kenny Dread, West Cork Ireland. You can reach Caren via email at email@example.com.
Albert Chao is a graphic designer and a video editor. After graduating from Media Design, Albert worked at wedding filming, postcard design, and package design as well. He is a recent video editor to the Digital Tapestries team. As a multilingual, not only English, Chinese and Japanese, he also learning French and Spanish; moreover, he likes to travel and enthusiastic about architecture. That’s how he inspires himself and combines these elements in his design.
Mayuko has spent her career developing innovative digital and print designs as well as web sites for clients across a broad range of industries. She very much enjoys working with ambitious and creative individuals like Digital Tapestries and helps them to achieve goals through forward-thinking designs and strategies. As a native Japanese living in Chicago, she is enthusiastic about networking with like minded individuals and enjoys introducing Japanese culture to people in Chicagoland.
Curation Team Assistant
Danbee (Deb) Kim is a designer, illustrator, and educator. She received her Master’s in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where she discovered her passions at the intersection of social justice practice and visual communications. Danbee currently designs and illustrates in partnership with grassroots social movements and other social-change oriented groups.
Digital Marketing Manager
Kristen has always had a love for storytelling whether it be in film or photography. She has directed, produced, and edited multiple projects during her college career at Loyola University Chicago, from which she received a B.A. in Film & Digital Media. Kristen develops and curates content for various platforms including social media, websites, and email marketing for KCommunications' clients. For Digital Tapestries, she helps manage their social media pages and digital media projects.