018: Rooster in the Hen House

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Joe Rotella. Joe_5x8_300dpi Joe’s mom started the family on crafting. As early as he can remember, his mom was crocheting. When she brought home a Brother knitting machine, he was fascinated and soon he was creating designs from Christening dresses to ski wear. He dabbled in macramé, string art and latch hooked rugs when they were hot in the 70’s. Now, in his mid-forties, Joe’s turned his eye to paper crafting. He loves detail and 3D work and upcycling is his specialty. PC-Clock Joe’s work has appeared in Scrap & Stamp Arts, Just Cards (Volume 27, Fall 2012), every issue of Just Steampunk! and Somerset Studio Gallery Summer 2012 magazines. PC-PoliceBoxNightLight He’s filmed a segment of Crafting at the Spotted Canary with Joy Macdonell (aired on PBS Fall 2011) and segments for Scrapbook Soup TV. He has won Archiver’s One-of-a-Kind Wall Art contest (Ohio, August 2011) and taken blue ribbons at the Ohio State Fair. He’s served on the Viva Las Vegastamps!, Want2Scrap and USArtQuest design teams. Joe was the SPA Guest of Honor for Gen Con 2013. PC-FriendsAssemblage He launched has his own line of chipboard albums and embellishments with Want2Scrap in the Summer of 2012. PC-Pixie When he’s not designing paper art projects, he works as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Delphia Consulting and is the 2014 Web Optimization Expert for the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA). PC-TimeMachine On the podcast we talk about Joe’s business, “Create N Craft,” creating 800 kits for classes, elevating common objects, upcycling, marketing, and being a man in a craft world dominated by women.  It’s a lovely chat and it feels good to be back making podcasts.  (And he made me want a Sonos.)  I hope you’ll give it a listen! Find Joe online:

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions.  I always like to know what’s on your mind.  Thanks for stopping by!

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017: Karen is a Planner

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Karen Grunberg.

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Karen Grunberg goes by karenika online and lives in Menlo Park, California with her wonderful husband and two amazing boys.

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She works with computers during the day and plays with paint at night. You can find out much more about her and her adventures at http://www.karenika.com.

This year she has three major art projects she’s working on:

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The page above is from her project focused on learning lettering and picking intentions weekly around her OLW (one little word) which is listen (more here-> http://www.karenika.com/archives/30019).

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The spread above is from a project called “this i know,” which is about learning doodling and doing journaling.

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These are pages from a third project for this year called “remember this,” which is about doing mixed media, honoring her word and writing down things that she needs to remember for herself.

On the podcast we discuss Karen’s career path, her amazing ability to juggle a ton of projects, her creative drive, and some of her many creative projects.  We also discuss finding your personal style, a topic on which Karen did a guest post for this blog — find it here.

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions.  I always like to know what’s on your mind.  Thanks for stopping by!

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016: Jaime Makes Stencils

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Jaime Echt, owner of The Crafter’s Workshop.

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Jaime Echt is the founder and owner of The Crafter’s Workshop.  Her background is in both graphic arts and marketing, a perfect combination for a stencil-arts business! She is forever inspired by the busy-ness of being so close to New York City, and the beauty of living in the Hudson River Valley.  All of her products are made in the US and designed by herself and a handful of talented artists.

Here are some of Jaime’s recent stencil designs:

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And here’s a peek at some of her artwork:

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On the podcast we discuss Jaime’s career path, why she started The Crafter’s Workshop, and why stencils are so darn hot right now!

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions.  I always like to know what’s on your mind.  Thanks for stopping by!

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015: Jen Cushman Jewelry Artist

After a brief hiatus, I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to mixed media jewelry artist, Jen Cushman.

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Jen is a natural storyteller who found mixed media art 13 years ago and never looked back. She is drawn to the imperfect, the funky, the quirky, the artsy and the authentic: be it people or objects or art. She is the author of two jewelry books:

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Explore Create Resinate, and she writes a business advice column called “Art Chooses You” for Belle Armoire Jewelry, as well as a new how-to jewelry column called “The Mixed Media Metalsmith” for Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine. Jen is Vice President and Partner of Susan Lenart Kazmer LLC/ICE Resin. To learn more about ICE Resin, visit the company’s website.
Here is a peek at some of Jen’s artwork:
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She also has a DVD…
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…called Breaking Out of the Mold.  It’s also available as a download here.
You can read more about Jen and Ice Resin on her blog: jencushman.wordpress.com or her website: jencushman.com.  Be sure to folow her on instagram.  If you’re interested in purchasing Ice Resin, you can buy it here.

On the podcast we discuss Jen’s career path, finding balance in your work and home life, what the difference is between an artist and a designer, life long learning, and so much more!

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions.  I always like to know what’s on your mind.  Thanks for stopping by!

014: Katerina Lanfranco

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to mixed media fine artist, Katerina Lanfranco.

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Katerina is a New York City-based visual artist making paintings, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media installations.  She explores the themes of nature and fantasy. Her artwork references cultural modes of representing nature to engage in a dialogue between nature and culture, through the medium of visual art.

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“I make art as a way to think about and understand the world that I live in. Questions that I frequently ask are: How do I make the invisible visible? At what point, does fantasy become reality? And how do we construct our concept of nature?”

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“Collecting, organizing and fragmenting images and objects from encounters with nature and everyday life are combined with my own vocabulary of visual elements forming the fundamental activity of my art practice. The three main conceptual strains that I explore are: metaphors of nature in relation to culture, cultural forms of framing and displaying nature, and how our concept of nature informs our construction of identity. Through my work, I reference cultural modes of representing nature such as botanical illustrations, flora fabric patterns, curiosity cabinets, scientific field notes, as well as natural history styled dioramas and panoramas.”

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She studied art at the University of California,Santa Cruz where she received her Bachelor of Art (B.A.) with honors in Visual Art and in an independent major entitled “Visual Theory and Museum Studies,” and did a semester at the Sierra Institute studying Nature Philosophies and Religions while camping in the California wilderness. She received her Master of Fine Art (M.F.A) with honors at Hunter College in Studio Art, with an emphasis in painting.

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Her work is represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in
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the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) in Berlin,
Germany, and the Corning Museum of Glass.

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You can read more about Katerina on her website, her blog, her wikipedia page, and her solo exhibit opens at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in NYC on Thursday and runs through August 2, 2013.  I know that I’m planning to check it out.  I hope you are too!

On the podcast we discuss Katerina’s career path, her upcoming exhibit, her life in Germany, what it’s like to be an artist in New York City, and so much more!

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions.  I always like to know what’s on your mind.  Thanks for stopping by!

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