March 16, 2021
Caroline Storie, lover of polka dots and stripes, is a Brit living the Canadian life on Vancouver Island. Caroline makes stitched pictures using textiles and collage, adding phrases and words to create playful and relatable art works. During our conversation Caroline shares her obsession with having thoughtful and reflective chats with other artists about creativity and creating a supportive community. She writes: “If you have the gnawing or the roaring of that ‘thing’ happening inside you, I wish you a way to start your own curious adventure - to see what your thing is trying to be too. It really is worth it and totally possible.”
March 09, 2021
Rachel Ho is an extroverted ceramist from Northern Island living in England who has learned to embrace the solitary life of an artist. Her projects explore aspects of the human condition, particularly, grief, loss, healing and renewal. All of her pieces have a sense of mystery and beauty to them. Rachel creates beautiful objects that have the power to let others feel seen and heard.
March 02, 2021
Sandi Hester is a painter who shares her unapologetic, creative, messy wholehearted life on her YouTube channel, Bits of An Artist’s Life. During our conversation, Sandi got me fired up about creativity, talking back to that destructive self-talk, and making friends with this hot mess of a fantastic life. Be inspired to live your best creative life with Sandi!
February 23, 2021
Jo Payne lives on the North Devon coast in the UK surrounded by spectacular beaches, huge skies, and glorious coastal scenery. She is deeply moved by the coastal landscape, the effects from the rhythm of the sea and tides, and the differences in light from the constantly changing skies above. Jo shares how important it is to take the “shoulds” out of it and how when she started painting from her heart, that's when the joyful part began.
February 16, 2021
Sue Asbury grew up in Liverpool and now lives at the edge of the Peak District. Abstract works are built up over many layers and often incorporate collaged elements, while figurative works include local landscapes, with an interest in the everyday and the passing of time. Music and journeys play a large role in her creative practice. During our conversation, we talk quite a bit about trips – long distance walks, driving across the UK, and how fun it is to plot the journey. She is also half of Asbury & Asbury, a collaborative endeavor with her husband Nick, freelance writer and experimental poet, working together on projects including the A6 Notebook.
February 09, 2021
Suzy Sharpe’s practice includes painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture of landscape, wildlife, and animals with a contemporary twist. She lives in rural west Cornwall, UK, where a variety of non human animals, including livestock, pets and wildlife punctuate her days and inspire her work. Suzy explores, questions and celebrates the relationships between humans, animals and the natural environment.
February 02, 2021
Emma Freeman works in many mediums including fibers, textiles, collage, book making, cyanotype, and drawing. Her art practice is experimental, playful and tactile. Emma is a highly sensitive person who feels deeply connected to animals, nature, textures and colors. During our conversation, Emma shares her thoughts on creative languages, slow stitching, visible mending, and the power of play and experimentation.
January 26, 2021
Molly Meng is a force for good - she’s an artist, teacher, collector, and storyteller. Molly is heavily influenced by a scrap of paper, a single word, opera, rap, theremins, the thick cotton of an old book page, random sentences, and an overheard statement. Molly exudes optimism and curiosity, and believes we are ALL related and connected to each other. Check out her Tuesdays at Ten IG Live videos for an inside look at her collections and her studio.
January 19, 2021
Julie VonDerVellen is a Professor of design at Carroll College and paper artist who designs and creates paper clothes, shoes, timepieces, school supplies and 2D weavings from 1/8” strips of mulberry paper. Julie talks about the similarities between cooking shows and a studio practice and how they both initiate creative thinking. Her work revolves around investigating the book structure and how we tell stories.
December 15, 2020
Documentary filmmaker Laj Waghray’s keen observation and deep listening skills are evident in her films. She produced and directed Sleepovers, and On Hands, is currently working on Searching for Sparrows and just released the short film, Together Alone. During our conversation we discuss Post-it notes, Deep Work, and the primal urge to nest, organize and make order before starting a new project.
December 08, 2020
How do you keep showing up when your insecurities live large? Krissy Stewart forces herself to go to the studio and just sketch or paint and not worry about the results.Get inspired by our conversation as Krissy talks about saying yes, freedom and constraints, cowboy boots, glass tables, and the magic of the Scottish landscape.
December 01, 2020
Stephanie Huellmann, a self-taught artist from Germany, takes natural materials and found objects and sews them on by hand for her assemblage and mixed media works. Stephanie shares how she gets unstuck, her deep connection to the environment, and how she engages so deeply and finds that flow state when, for example, she takes over 1000 snail shells and sews them onto a canvas. Amazing!!!
November 24, 2020
Tracey Downing is a painter, printmaker, mixed media artist, art psychotherapist and poet. Tracey’s work is mostly abstract, informed by observation, thought, memory, found and ready-made objects. Tracey tells us about her vibrant artist communities, taking chances, and her passion for cold water swimming.
November 17, 2020
How do you get past the self-doubt and remain passionate and engaged? Get ready to be uplifted as Carrie talks about her passion for family, friends, food and travel. Her soul is in her house: her studio, her girls, the kitchen, art, and books. Her full life – which doesn’t come without sacrifice, struggles, and a lot of self-doubt - keeps the magical moments happening.
November 10, 2020
Linda Marcus is a multidisciplinary artist embracing the traditional focus on fluidity and tactility using less traditional materials in her work. This back-and-forth between new and old, expected and unexpected, results in a distinct body of work that is distinctly fiber-based. We talk about curiosity, motherhood, failure, Project Runway and the spectacular arts scene in Milwaukee. Takeaways 1. It all starts with being curious about the world. 2. You can have multiple careers across different industries – all you need to do is take a chance on yourself. 3. It’s worth peeling back the layers when you meet someone. There is something wonderful to behold when you take the time to look a little closer. 4. Embracing failure means you are learning. 5. The person that's holding you back is the person in the mirror. You need to be kind to yourself and allow yourself to have failures and missteps and learn from them and laugh at yourself and move through it. You will be more resilient and better off for it. 6. The beauty of art is that it can allow an artist to take something that would be controversial or difficult to think about and put it in such a way that everyone can consume and think about it.
October 20, 2020
Vicky Lentz is a contemporary mixed-media visual artist from the northwest region of New Brunswick, whose home and studio are located in a secluded maple forest. Her daily life unfolds in a direct interaction with the living environment. Vicky shares her thoughts on different types of walks, the power of silence, and mentoring.
October 13, 2020
Natalie Ergas is the creator, sole ceowoman, artist, and educator of Native Essence Art. She creates portrait collages that represent fragmented memories, experiences and places that capture the essence of a persons or pet. During our conversation we talk about collecting, curating, thrifting, languages and the tangible pleasures in life – including french fries!
October 06, 2020
Aaron Boyd has illustrated over 40 children’s books working mostly in old school watercolor. Aaron talks about the challenge of maintaining internal honesty and says that so often our fear pushes us away from our internal voice and toward security and that his greatest successes in life have been when he’s faced the fear and listened to that voice. You will want to add this quote of his to your arsenal: “Fear no longer gets a vote.”