Mel Kolstad is an artist, speaker, instructor and arts advocate who uses her art life to raise money, teach and protest. As a printmaker, collagist and papermaker specializing in tiny art, Mel has participated in many artist residencies and teaches classes throughout Wisconsin. In part 2 of our conversation we talk about kindness, the Postal Service, and saying yes!
1. Use your artwork to quietly talk about things that are important to you.
2. If you’ve never made paper I highly recommend. It’s like magic.
3. ATCs (artist trading cards) are great because: 1) it’s a great way to get unstuck, 2) it’s not a big commitment, and 3) there is no monetary incentive.
4. Take the time to find out what other people think and feel about things. Don’t just keep scrolling.
5. If I agree to do something, I'm not going to do it half assed I'm going to do it whole assed.
6. Being reliable, responsible, and a nice person to be around and matters just as much as the art.
Mentioned in this episode
Follow Mel Kolstad on Instagram
Mel Kolstad’s website
Mel Kostad’s TedX talk - Channeling Your Inner Kid for Your Career
ATCs for All Artist Trading Cards
Themla Sadoff Center for the Arts
United States Postal Service Ruth Asawa stamps
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