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!

009: The Julie Show

Today’s guest is me!  (Due to a personal matter, our guest for today’s podcast was not able to make it. So, I ended up being the guest instead.)  I’m going to give myself the full guest treatment with a headshot, bio, and some images of my work:

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Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is a mixed media collage artist. She has been making art for as long as she can remember and loves the process of creating. “I believe that mistakes are creative opportunities and hold fast to the notion that enjoyment of the process is just as important as the finished product! I like to think outside of the box — experimenting with paper, paint, and fabric — always trying to find a way to push my supplies further and see all the possibilities.”

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Julie has had artwork and articles published in many magazines including Cloth Paper Scissors, CPS Pages, CPS Studios, Quilting Arts Gifts, Quilt Scene, Creating Keepsakes, Better Homes & Gardens’ Scrapbooks Etc., Memory Makers, Scrapbook Trends, Somerset Memories, Somerset Digital, scrapbooking m.m. (Sweden), Scrap Art Zine (Germany), Scrapbooking & Beyond, Simple Scrapbooks, Histoires de Pages (France), books by Leisure Arts, F&W Publications, and Lark, as well as multiple e-zines. She writes the “Adventures in Arting” column for Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine.

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Julie is the co-host of Scrapbook Soup TV (PBS) and has appeared several times on Quilting Arts TV (PBS) and hosted the “Artist to Artist” segment on Scrapbook Memories TV (PBS).  She has also appeared on Crafting at The Spotted Canary (PBS).  Julie’s hour-long instructional DVD “Collage Fast & Furious” was released in July 2010 by Interweave.  She released two new hour-long instructional DVDs in 2012: All About Faces and Stamp-Making Adventures.

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Julie’s yet-to-be-titled book on stamp carving will be released by Interweave Press in Fall 2013.

Julie designs stencils for The Crafter’s Workshop, stamps for Impression Obsession, and has several other products in the works with other companies.

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Julie lives in a tiny apartment with a big art studio in the middle of New York City.  She is a graduate of Brown University.

On today’s podcast we talk about my career trajectory, where I hope the craft industry will go, and my teaching philosophy.  I hope you’ll give the podcast a listen!  And be sure to leave any comments or questions in the comments section.  I know that Mom and I love hearing from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Find the show on iTunes here.

002: A Conversation With Jenn Mason

I want to thank everyone who has listened to the Adventures in Arting podcast.  The last episode was downloaded more than 8,000 times!  And I’ve got a brand new podcast for you today!  Mom and I chatted with Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine Editor and all-around fabulous person, Jenn Mason.

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Here’s a little bit about her:

Jenn Mason lives a double life. Part artist, part editor. Day-to-day she wears her press hat at Cloth Paper Scissors magazine headquarters, by night and weekend she is trudging through flea markets, painting, assembling, creating, looking for inspiration, or just dreaming. You’re most likely to bump into her in Brookline, MA.

Here is some of her recent artwork:

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Find Jenn online:

blog: JennMason.blogspot.com and clothpaperscissors.com
Facebook: Cloth Paper Scissors and Jenn Mason
Twitter: @CPSmagazine and @everydayartist

On the podcast we talk about Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, Jenn’s career path, art vs. craft, and how to balance working and being an artist with being a Mom.

If you have comments or questions, I know that we’d love to hear them!

Find the show on iTunes here.