036: On the Paper Trail with Eileen Hull

 

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

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Eileen grew up in a large family where there was always an art project in the works. Learning to think creatively has been a huge benefit throughout her life: from thirteen military moves and raising four children to developing product lines for craft manufacturers.

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In 2009, Sizzix launched her signature line of ScoreBoards™ dies, which are specially designed to cut and score matboard and thicker materials. Her twelfth Sizzix collection, Stitchlits, will be released in October, 2015.

Eileen also has a line of sixteen innovative ink applicators called ColorBox™ Blends with Clearsnap.

She lives in Herndon, Virginia with her husband in their empty nest :-) The newest addition to the family is a vintage camper called Scotty, which Eileen outfitted as a mobile studio.

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In September 2014, she drove cross-country, teaching and crafting for two months on the Paper Trail. To date, Eileen and Scotty have:

  • logged 23,746 miles
  • stopped in 30 states
  • visited 32 stores
  • taught 51 classes
  • filmed 14 videos
  • attended 2 rep shows
  • displayed on the show floor of the Paper Arts+ Show in July 2015

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Please visit her blog and social media sites for the latest Paper Trail adventures and crafty inspiration!

On the podcast we discuss being creative, Eileen’s crafty beginnings, being crafty in the military, wedding crafts, landing a licensing or “signature designer” gig, Eileen’s products, and teaching.  As always, we’d love to hear from you!  So leave us a comment if you get a chance!

Thanks for stopping by!

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034: Ashley Horton Cuts It Up

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

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Hi!  I’m Ashley Horton and I live in the Southern US with my husband and our 3 children.  I started scrapbooking in 2006, and have always loved creating traditional layouts.
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Some of my favorite supplies are patterned paper, flair buttons, wood veneers, spray mist and my Silhouette Cameo.
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I currently design for several Design Teams, and I am owner of The Cut Shoppe, an Etsy store that sells digital cut files.
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Along with scrapbooking, I also enjoy reading and cooking.
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Find Ashley online:
On the podcast we discuss scrapbooking, design teams, the creative lifestyle, failure, and learning.  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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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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!

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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!

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