Episode 44: April 13, 2016

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  I’ve got a quick podcast for you today.  It’s about 18 minutes of chatting about my Australia trip thus far.  My voice is a little bit weird because I’m trying to be quiet and so I’m not quite as bubbly as usual.

Here are some photos of the things we discuss on the podcast:

A sample of Melbourne graffiti (blog post on this topic coming soon):

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A peek at Fitzroy:

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Amazing food in Melbourne:

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Long 10 hour drive:

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Sydney and its tropical greenery (blog post on this topic coming soon – the view in this photo is from my bedroom window):

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“Kanga Bangas”:

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Game Board:

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National Gallery pink walls (blog post on the National Gallery coming soon):

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Links:

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042: Designing Stamps

 

Thank you for all of your kind e-mails and comments asking for the podcast to return.  Things got crazy with the move and the holidays, but I’m so glad that we have a new episode for you today!  It’s the first of 2016!  Hooray!

We have two guests on the podcast today!

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Nathalie Kalbach was born in Germany and lived most of her adult life in Hamburg before moving to the United States in September 2013. She worked as a paralegal for seventeen years and might have remained in the wrong profession had she not discovered mixed media painting in 2004.

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Nathalie’s work been published in several craft and hobby magazines as well as mixed-media books.

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She teaches at many retail events and art retreats, as well as at trade shows and since early 2015 has taught mixed-media workhops at Pratt Institute for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She is the founder and sole organizer of the annual Creative JumpStart Summit (CJS) now in its 5th year.

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Nathalie’s artwork is licensed through StencilGirl Products (stencils) and Stampendous (rubber stamp, foam stamp and template sets) and as a prior ambassador for Liquitex, her work has been featured on the packaging for Liquitex acrylic paint sets.

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Find Nathalie online:

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Rachel Greig is a photographer, rubber stamp artist and proud owner and designer of Darkroom Door rubber stamps. Rachel has completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree at University, is a Ranger Certified Educator, and has been involved in the creative arts field for over 20 years.

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Rachel was awarded the ‘Master of Scrapbooking’ by Scrapbooking Memories magazine in 2001 and became Photography Editor of My Reflections magazine and Scrapbooking Memories magazine for several years. Her photography articles and craft projects continue to be published in many books and magazines, including Somerset Studio, The Stampers Sampler, Take Ten, and Craft Stamper to name a few. She has appeared on QVC UK TV and makes regular appearances on Scrap It TV.

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In 2007, Rachel and her husband Stewart started a rubber stamp company called Darkroom Door. From humble beginnings in Rachel’s photography studio, Darkroom Door moved it’s headquarters in 2009 to a larger studio and warehouse where they design, manufacture and distribute Darkroom Door products within Australia and now export to more than 18 countries worldwide.

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Rachel loves combining rubber stamps and photography in her projects, using lots of ink, paint, and stamping techniques. She enjoys sharing her ideas and encouraging her students to unlock the artist within! Her work has won many photographic and papercraft awards and has been featured in several art exhibitions.

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Rachel resides on the Central Coast in Australia with her husband Stewart, and children Ethan and Zoë. Rachel enjoys teaching photography, mixed media and stamping workshops throughout the world.

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Find Rachel Online:

Find Darkroom Door Online:

And then there’s me!

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I design rubber stamps for Impression Obsession

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…and foam stamps for Art Foamies.

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On the podcast we discuss how we each started designing stamps, both the why and the how of how we each design stamps, the experience of seeing work that people make with our stamps, the appeal of stamping in general, and we give some stamping tips too!  Be sure to add your own stamping tips in the comments section!  Oh, and don’t forget about Rachel’s offer.  She’s looking for stamp designers.  All of the details on the gig are in the podcast!

If you’re interested in getting to hang out with all three of us in person, check out our fabulous Mixed Media art journaling class outside of Sydney, Australia in April!

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions!  We’d love to add your voice to the conversation!

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035: At The Ink Pad with Anna & Barbara

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  We have two guests today, Anna Chiang and Barbara Briskin:

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Barbara (on the left) is the long-time store manager of The Ink Pad, a rubber stamp store in NYC.   Anna (on the right) is the store owner.  You can read all about the store in this article from The New York Times.

Here is a peek at some of Barbara’s artwork:

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And this is Anna’s artwork:

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Adventures in Arting Podcast: At The Ink Pad with Anna & Barbara

And finally, here are some photos they sent me of classes at The Ink Pad’s weekend classroom space: The Westbeth Community Center.

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Adventures in Arting Podcast: At The Ink Pad with Anna & Barbara

If classes at The Ink Pad at Westbeth look like awesome fun to you, a quick reminder that I am teaching two classes there in September.

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And finally here is a photo from a class inside the store itself:

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On the podcast we discuss art & eye diseases - specifically cataracts, how Anna and Barbara met, current trends in the mixed media/craft/rubber stamping world, how they choose product for the store, whether owning/running a store kills your desire to create, and so much more!  We hope you’ll add your voice to the conversation by leaving a comment or a question!

Visit The Ink Pad online.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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