063: Julie Loves Learning

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s podcast features a conversation about learning in general and four particular learning experiences — the marbling class I shared in yesterday’s blog post, a lecture on Winslow Homer’s Summer Night (see a bit in this vlog), the connoisseurship dinner at the Museum of Fine Arts (see a bit in this vlog) and then a quilting class I took last weekend (photos below):

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Class started with our instructor, Timna Tarr, sharing some of her quilts:

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After some brief instructions….

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…we were off and running with our own improvisational piecing!

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The picture above is the quilt top that I finished in class.  Kind of a hot mess, but I’m letting it marinate.

I don’t have a lot of photos because of the snow that day…

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…most of the students left class early to get home before the roads got too bad.  I was one of the few who stayed the whole day and at the end of the day, I took my little red wagon, and headed home!

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062: After Creativation

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s podcast features chatter about new classes, interrupting, the word interesting, the MFA Boston, the Blogiversary, and our visit to Creativation (formerly CHA).  I thought I’d include some photos from Creativation as a companion to the podcast.  Enjoy!

I am planning to share all of my projects very soon, but just so you know, I was finishing this quilt sample on the plane to Phoenix!

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Speaking of Phoenix, I took a photo from our hotel room window that I thought was kind of cool:

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I spent the first day setting up the Brother booth, which turned out great!

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As I mention on the podcast, I demo-ed, demo-ed, and then demo-ed some more!  In the Brother Booth, the Crafter’s Workshop Booth and the Art Foamies Booth:

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Here’s a peek at the show floor:

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But, of course, Creativation is really about the opportunity to take photos with other people!

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Ten points if you can guess which of my friends decided it was a good idea to give me a makeover…. 😉

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And last but not least, this is coming soon…

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Get excited!

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046: Not Interesting

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  You’ll have to listen to the podcast if you want to know what the title means!  😉

Here are links to some of the things we chat about on the podcast:

As discussed, here is an example of Braque vs. Picasso (source):

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And here’s the before and after of the painting I ruined:

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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!

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

And this is Anna’s artwork:

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

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

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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