023: Bilingual Sewing

 

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

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Best known as the Crafty Gemini, she is a former law professor who chose to pursue a YouTube career instead.
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(Visit THIS LINK to watch a short stop animation film about how Vanessa got her YouTube start.)
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She posts instructional videos, teaching viewers how to do everything from sewing and quilting to organic gardening and canning.
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She quit her job as a college law professor to pursue her Crafty Gemini business full-time. HERE is an interview she did that tells more about here business.
She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors in Anthropology and Juris Doctor.
She was born in Queens, NY and grew up in Miami, Florida with her mother and three sisters. Fluent in English and Spanish. Family is from the Dominican Republic.  Currently lives outside of Gainesville, Florida with her husband, two kids, and a bunch of farm animals on a 5-acre organic homestead.
She attended the University of Florida where she earned two degrees: BA in Anthropology in 2004 and with a JD in 2008.
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Find Vanessa online:
  • My YouTube channel for 250+ tutorials on a ton of different things including sewing, quilting, crochet, cooking, gardening, canning, etc.
  • My online classes and PDF patterns website.

On the podcast we discuss homesteading, homeschooling, the business of art, standing up for yourself and demanding a fair price, YouTube, and Vanessa’ very interesting career path.

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

Find the show on iTunes here.

020: She’s Crafty

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

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It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9-years-old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her.
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These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry…
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…with a little dabbling in the mixed media world.
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Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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Find Jennifer online:

On the podcast we discuss design teams, brands, social media, the military (Jennifer is a veteran), making videos, getting the whole family involved in your business, soft boxes, and creating boundaries.  As always, it’s a good time with lots of laughter and thought-provoking conversation!

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

Find the show on iTunes here.

019: Stencil Girl

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

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Mary Beth Shaw worked in the insurance industry for 18 years before she quit her job in 2000 to re-ignite a childhood love of art. She is now a full time painter and internationally known workshop instructor.

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Her creative process is largely self taught, spontaneous and joyful. She is author of Flavor for Mixed Media and Stencil Girl, both published by F&W and is also a columnist for Somerset Studios Magazine.

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In 2010, Mary Beth had some of her hand-cut stencils designs manufactured and before she knew it StencilGirl Products was born. Her company has quickly grown into a respected supplier of high quality stencils for all media.

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Living with her husband and three cats, Mary Beth is passionate about every moment of life.

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Find Mary Beth online:

On the podcast we discuss fake eyelashes, encaustic, creating abstract art, having a studio outside of your home, and the genesis of Stencil Girl Products.  As always, it’s a good time with lots of laughter and thought-provoking conversation!

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

Find the show on iTunes here.

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!

Find the show on iTunes here.

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!

Find the show on iTunes here.