022 Culinary Peacemaker: Jan Norton

It’s something I might see on a cooking show, it’s something I might read about and I save it. It’s a thought of ooh, I’d love to figure out how you make that.

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That’s Jan, Angelica’s mother-in-law, Matt’s mom, cook, baker, party planner, space maker and daughter to Laverne, a dedicated follower of fashion, decorum and coordinated colors. You’ll hear a little from her as well. Matt and his mom have such a sweet rapport we had to have him on too, so, if no one minds, here’s 3 generations of craftiness to get you thinking about gratitude for wherever your creative lineage has its roots.

We’re still waiting for your handmade Halloween photos, tag us on twitter, instagram or facebook with #chattycraftiescostume or send them along to chattycrafties@gmail.com.

 

021 Holiday Warm Up

This week on Chatty Crafties we’re whettin your whistle for the holidays. You’ll remember Genevieve Saenz from way back in episode one. She and Amber have been offering holiday arts workshops to the public for years: crafting sessions that exercise the creative and emotional muscles often left untouched throughout the holiday hustle. So, before you start thinking about what to bring down from the attic and how many presents you’re planning to crochet, consider taking a different approach to the most wonderful time of the year.

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Email genevieve@passagewayarts.com to inquire about Ghosts: An Evening with What Haunts You on October 28th in a to-be-determined park location in Austin.

Please start sending in your handmade Halloween costumes of your childhood or that you made for your own kiddos.  Send them to chattycrafties@gmail.com.

Check out Fortlandia, the exhibit at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center open Sept. 29 to Feb 28.  Angelica and Matt’s fort is called Blanket Fort; photos below.  Please tag either @chattycrafties or @openenvelopestudio so that we can share it on the Open Envelope Studio Insta stories.

 

020 Pragmatic Crafter: Jamie Webster

If i  had any control over my ADD it would probably be the most useful super power in the universe but I’m fighting it – I want to do things and it’s preventing me from even knowing how to start.  Or there’s something entirely different that I need to be doing but what should take 30 minutes can take an indefinite period of time.

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That’s Jamie. Executive vice president, problem solver, mom, and organizing tornado. Recently delivered from a long bout of postpartum depression, she joined us by phone to chat about seeing color again and reclaiming her crafty cravings.

Shameless plugs: Check out Jamie and her dad Dennis’ fence company, Texas Fence Supply, in Denton, TX.  Fun fact: Jamie’s fence was Open Envelope Studio (Angelica’s landscape design/build company)’s very first project back in 2011, and used material from TFS, obviously.  Also, check out the Bearded Monk, just off Denton’s square, where you can get your craft brew fix, play a board game, or fill a growler to go.  Jamie’s brother-in-law owns and her husband manages this cute little gathering space.

QOTW: Show us your closet disasters and organizational traumas on social media (#chattycrafties)!  We know we’re not the only ones hindered creatively by ALL OF THE PILES that we know  we eventually we need to do something about.  Design solutions are out there, but first, let’s commiserate.

019 Geographic Inquirer: A.C.

You can’t go into you know, into an interview and say,  here I drew some pictures to show you what I can do for your company but nevertheless, it’s creativity and it’s showing me as a teacher that they get it.

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That’s A.C.  Teacher, dad, and musical influence to the stars.  A.C. phoned it in to share his scholastic-grade sarcasm, classroom techniques, and what it’s like to look through his eye for design.

Listen for tips on how to engage jr. high and high school kids who might not be able to communicate all that they’re learning by using art!  And find A.C. on Twitter and Instagram at @bigfabAC.

Question of the week: What are your barriers to being creative?  What keeps you from being creative if you used to be or what keeps you from being creative if you never were?  Give us your thoughts in comments, on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook so we can feature your answer!

 

018 Metaphorical Magician: Billy Moreno

Everything we do with language and communication is all metaphors. It’s all somewhat ambiguous and it’s all alive in the moment, after that it’s a different thing; before that it’s a different thing.

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That’s Billy, a.k.a.  _Bill_Nice_.   Rapper, Game Designer, imperfectionist, incorrigible wordsmith, and long time husband of our producer. Billy chatted about the wondrous opportunity of personal vocabularies, meditation, his methods for world class deck building and stage fright.

Billy’s music is open for interpretation at https://soundcloud.com/billy-moreno.

Find an open mic night near you and go stretch your legs.

 

017 Hacksaw Poet: Mitchell Crooks

I totally believe that I have, and everybody who’s creative has, the right to write songs from a totally different perspective. So I have songs that come from nothing that I’ve personally experienced, and that’s kind of a cool exercise to try and write something from somebody else’s perspective.

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That’s Mitchell, singer, song writer, Applications Engineer, and handy dad. Mitchell stopped by and shared some of his signature Americana with us and waxed a little poetic about collaborating.

Mitchell’s first album, Forces of Nature, Follies of Man, comes out in late 2018.  Find out more on his Instagram and his Facebook, and soon, at http://www.mitchellcrooksmusic.com.  He recorded his album in Austin at King Electric Recording with Justin Douglas, the sound engineer.  His upcoming show is at Brentwood Social House on Friday, August 31st at 7pm.  Bring your kids!

His wife, Sarah, and their kids, Lily and Oliver, have had their own Chatty Crafties episodes as well.  We love hearing about families that inspire each other to make art, perform, and explore their creative instincts.

QOTW: How do you introduce more diversity into your subject matter?  Tag #chattycrafties on social media to let us know and share your work!

016 Back To School Special!!!

That’s right, it’s a Chatty Crafties’ back to school special!!!  In order of age and artistic angst, we proudly present short interviews with some of our favorite short people.

Ansley 5, Oliver 6, Lily 8, Eloise 8, and Audrey 11

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Events

APL MAKES: PODCASTING!  If you’re local to Austin and have any interest in podcasting, the Manchaca branch library is hosting the ultimate podcasting evening this Friday August 24th at 6:30; experiment with recording equipment, create an album cover, and more. For details visit http://library.austintexas.gov/event/apl-makes-podcasting-462896

There’s also Texas PodAcalypse this Saturday, August 25, at Rio Rita, 1203 Chicon.  For details visit the Austin Chronicle Events Page or the PodAcalypse Facebook Page to attend.  Chatty Crafties will be there!

Brentwood Social Club has open mics on Friday nights at 7pm and Sunday brunch music if you want to get some performance time in while working on your album like Lily and Oli’s dad, Mitch is doing.  Look out for his episode next week.

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Let us know if your kids are making some cool things with the hashtag #chattycrafties!

Thanks to all our young guests who were kind enough to put on some headphones and sit still–we love ya–and we wish you lots of luck and joy this year. May you all sculpt functional ukuleles that you can sing along to onstage so you can be animated inside of architecturally stunning structures full of opportunities to attend all the extra curricular activities you can manage.

015 Visionary Vivifier: Caroline Reck

You know, I want an audience to go in and experience a good time but also learn something, be affected by it. Let’s try to make ’em laugh so we can make ’em cry, because you’re just more open to really feeling something deep if you’ve laughed a little bit.

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That’s Caroline.

Artistic Director/Producer/Puppeteer/Actor/Story Creator/Director and Mom, who dropped in to share her vision of storytelling, rendering theatre into subtle PSAs for social and environmental justice, and her liberation from actor to puppeteer. She even  made a marionette dance for us here in the studio, reminding us that nothing dies like a puppet dies; isn’t that chilling?

Upcoming Shows:

Sept 14–21, 2018: El Cucuy project

May 2019: Once There Were Six Seasons

Glass Half Full links:

Social Media: FacebookTwitter  (except they never use our twitter), Instagram, and Vimeo

Caroline’s Press:

Caroline Reck updates ‘Peter and the Wolf’ with music by Mother Falcon – 2015

Review: Cenicienta, at Zach Theatre – 2015

Once There Were Six Seasons – 2014

Review: Once There Were Six Seasons by Glass Half Full Theatre – 2014

014 Pattern Fanatic: Sarah

“…so you haven’t started driving yet, but there’s two things with sewing that are kinda like driving; there’s the gas pedal and there’s the steering wheel. The steering wheel’s your hands, and they’re guiding and steering the fabric the direction you want them to go underneath the needle, so it sews where you want it to.”

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That’s Sarah.

Teacher, mom, fabric freak, and seemly seemstress. A modest pro at sewing with kids, she joined us in an attempt to capture the chaos of a back to school project with four kids under 10 and one sewing machine. The perfect exercise in knowing when to walk away and when to take a breath, rip the stitches and run that seam again. Stay tuned for some tips, tricks and some spots around Austin to tune up your stitching skills.

Links mentioned in the episode, as promised –

Local Austin spots for classes and help:

https://theclothpocket.myshopify.com/

http://austintinkeringschool.com/

And for patterns/instructional videos:

https://noodle-head.com/

https://blankslatepatterns.com/

https://mellysews.com/

http://www.madeeveryday.com/

Last week we asked our listeners how they express themselves in their everyday life, here’s a post by Genevieve (episode 001) of PassageWay Arts on that topic.

Question Of The Week: Is there a place that brings out your creativity?

Let us know on Twitter and Instagram using #chattycrafties or reply on the FB QOTW post! We’d like to incorporate your answers in our interview. Thanks for keeping in touch♥

013 Idea Machine: La Vee

I learned a long time ago there’s always gonna be somebody telling you what you should do with your talents, what they can do with your talents, what you shouldn’t do, why you’ll never be successful if you do this or that. That stuff is always gonna be around; you just have to tune it out.

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That’s La Vee. Licensed Family and Marital Therapist, maximalist, and the brains, beauty and brawn behind the Thrift Therapy Podcast. With the wave of a magic wand, we recorded with La Vee over the phone to trade interviews and explore her thrifting appetite, how it transformed into a snazzy side-job filling custom subscription boxes, and the undeniable confidence that comes with knowing you’re a little too much of everything.

Thanks to La Vee at Thrift Therapy for a dynamite piece of mail and for trading interviews with us. Head over to Thrifttherapypod.com to listen to her upcoming episode featuring me and Angelica about how thrifting and crafting collide, while you’re there, order a thrift bag of your very own.