030: Rebekah Meier: Surface Designer


I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Our guest today is Rebekah Meier.


Rebekah is a mixed media author, collage & fiber artist…

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…teacher, and design consultant within the art and craft industries.

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Her passion is collage and mixed media, with a focus on fabric and fiber.

You can find Rebekah on her newly re-designed website www.rebekahmeier.com.

On the podcast we discuss Rebekah’s “Fabric Elements” line,  supplies for mixed media fabric art (markers, surfaces, ink pads, paints), the excellence of making mistakes, personal style, and teaching.  We hope you’ll add your voice to the conversation by leaving a comment or a question!

Thanks for stopping by!

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029: Quilting with Leslie Tucker Jenison

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Our guest today is Leslie Tucker Jenison.

Leslie Tucker Jenison is an award-winning artist who works with cloth and paper.

Surface design using dye and paint are integral components of her work, which has been shown internationally.

She has written and been featured in numerous publications, has made several appearances on Quilting Arts TV, and has produced a surface design workshop DVD for Interweave.

Leslie serves on the board of the Quilt Alliance, & is a member of numerous local and national quilt and surface design organizations.  Leslie curates exhibitions as half of “Dinner At Eight Artists.”

Besides teaching workshops Leslie enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, and is a private pilot.   She is married and has 3 daughters, all artists.  Life is good!

Leslie has several upcoming events of interest:

  • Jamie Fingal and Leslie are curating year 3 of “What’s For Dinner?” which will debut at the International Quilt Festival in October, 2015.
  • They are also curating “Affinity” for Dinner At Eight Artists, also debuting at the International Quilt Festival in October, 2015.
  • Leslie will be participating in the 2nd “Not Fade Away” conference, sponsored by the Quilt Alliance, in Herndon VA in July, 2015.
  • Leslie is also about to begin a big remodel of her studio (YAY and UGH, simultaneously!).

You can find out more about Leslie on her website and blog.

On the podcast we discuss the weather in Texas, Leslie’s studio remodel, art quilting, modern quilting, art cloth, Gee’s Bend quilts, curating an exhibition, rejection, learning and being uncomfortable, and longarm quilting (I want one, please!).  I hope you enjoy the conversation.  Add your voice in the comments section below!

Thanks for stopping by!

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028: Julie Talks Teaching

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we have no guest.  Or rather, I’m the guest!  My Mom thought that it would be a good idea to chat about teaching in-person classes.  Here’s a recent photo of me teaching:


On the podcast Mom and I discuss my philosophy on teaching classes, taking classes, and what I hope students walk away from class with.  I hope you’ll give the podcast a listen and let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by!

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027: #CarveDecember

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Briana Goetzen, Louise Nelson, and Arleigh.

Briana Goetzen, MA, founder of Orange Spiral Arts, is an expressive arts coach living in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. As an artist, avid photographer, visual journal keeper, and deep conversation enthusiast, Briana supports women who desire to fully express themselves in mind, body, and spirit. She helps women re-connect to the inner artist and divine inner wisdom that is inherently theirs.

What is expressive arts coaching?

Expressive arts coaching is a process where women explore and experiment freely with art supplies, journaling, photography, and physical movement in order to get in touch with the inner artist and divine self.  Note from Briana: Expressive arts coaching is NOT the same as expressive arts therapy.  Expressive arts coaching uses the creative process to integrate the mind, body, and spirit connection.

Briana wishes for you to experience spiritual joy through creative and mindful acts.

Find Briana online

Hi! It’s Louise Nelson From Adelaide Australia. I am a passionate mixed media scrapbooker, wannabe painter and photographer. I love to dabble in lots of different arts and crafts, and even more, love to play and experiment incorporating these into my scrapbooking. I just wish there more hours in my day so that I could try out every creative idea keeping my brain abuzz!

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My name is Arleigh, which rhymes with “Charlie,” and I’m a freelance artist working from my home in Fort Collins, Colorado.

I started as a professional typesetter, decades ago, at a big publishing company, and slowly moved toward my dream job, commercial design. I design logos and posters and stuff for clients. I have big clients and small clients, and I do both small jobs and big jobs. It’s all over the place and so much fun! I love my work.
BUT, when you do something professionally, and you’re “on the clock,” you can’t really play around with techniques and experimentation. So I save the experimenting and playing for my own stuff on my own time.
I have lots of artists and architects in my heritage. And also a few scientists. So I bounce back and forth between being logical and mathy, to being loosey goosey artsy fartsy. I am self conscious creating art that’s just art, just hang-on-the-wall art. I feel more inspired if there’s some practicality in the piece. Does it do something? How can it be used? So maybe I’m less of a fine artist, and more of a crafter.
Last year, Ronda Palazzari had just learned how to carve stamps from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. So I begged her to teach me. I carved a few stamps, then got way too busy with moving (Denver to Fort Collins) and a new regular client, Cocoa Daisy, for whom I—guess what—design stamps!
In November, when I saw Julie’s reminder that #carvedecember was coming up, I decided to join in and make stamps that I would like to have. I gave myself permission to skip a day or two if needed, but I have to say that on the days I didn’t carve or use one of my new stamps, I really missed it!
I’m keeping the creative momentum going in January by drawing every day—or almost every day. You can see my drawings on instagram (arleighb).
Find Arleigh online:

On the podcast we discuss the experience of #CarveDecember — inspiration, the community, carving tools, the design process, etc.  We also chat about creative blockages and the benefits of a monthly commitment!

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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026: Carl is Addicted to Creativity

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Carl Johengen: Singer, Composer, Conductor, Voice Teacher, Collage/Mixed Media Artist, Crocheter.

While his professional focus has always been music, Carl Johengen is addicted to creativity.

Throughout his 27-year career as a classical musician, he’s always managed to find time for making things or for teaching others how to channel their creative energies. Even within the field of music, his diverse skills have found outlet in a wide variety of venues: singing opera and all sorts of classical music; playing piano, organ, accordion, penny whistle…; leading choirs of all sorts; teaching people of all ages how to improve their singing; composing music for choirs and churches.

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Carl developed a love of making things as a child, but serious pursuit of visual art had to take a back seat to his musical education early on. Finally after finishing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, Carl found himself with enough free time to go in search of hobbies to balance his life.

At various times he’s thrown himself into working with, teaching, and writing about polymer clay, crocheting, and several forms of paper arts. His current passions are acrylic monoprinting and mixed media collage.

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Carl has performed as a tenor soloist with symphony orchestras and opera companies, appearing in venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He currently teaches voice and foreign language diction at the Ithaca College School of Music.

Carl is in demand as a choral conductor, and serves as music director the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble of Ithaca NY, the Wells College Concert Choir, and the Women’s Chorale @171 Cedar in Corning NY. His choral compositions have been sung around the country and in music festivals across the globe, and are published by six prestigious firms.

Carl lives in Bath, NY with his husband Brad, an Episcopal priest, and their two beautiful chows, Autumn and Taggart. An adoptee, Carl was able to locate members of his biological family three years ago, and discovered his Scottish and Irish roots.

He enjoys attending Scottish Games and festivals, crosswords and other puzzles and games, podcasts, crocheting, and travel.

Johengenabstract1On the podcast we discuss Carl’s path to a musical career, nature vs. nuture, making art, your art space taking over your living space, and Carl even sings for us!

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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