026 Heartfelt Hackster: Amanda Davidson

It’s important what we do, and it’s important how we do things, it’s important that we are creative when we do things–it matters, you know?  It matters that we do things well and we do things with intention and love.  It matters to our families, and our friends, and whatever random person we interact with in commerce, too.

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That’s Amanda. Mother of 3 and family caregiver, soulful singer, and appreciator of imperfect art–when she can steal a couple of hours to herself, that is. Amanda sat down with us to explore melding old and new and what it means to be dipping her toes back in the creative world though interior design with her business, Curate Homes.

Amanda and Graham named their residential construction company Curate (‘kyur-ət)  because that’s the person in the church who’s the caretaker of souls.  Find more online at www.curatehomes.com or on Instagram. The songs played in the episode were, in order of appearance: “Going Somewhere,” “Teaching me My Name,” “Minnie Catherine,” and “Under the Earth.”  One of her albums, Home, is available on iTunes HERE under her maiden name, Amanda Leggett.

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

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.

012 Homegrown Hairdresser: Leah Vandever

I’m not looking at what people think I’m looking at; I’m looking at the texture of their hair, like, oh my gosh, they have such great hair, I want to cut it.  I’m inspired by strangers and their hair.

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That’s Leah.  Hair sculptor, mother of two, and cutting enthusiast. She generously agreed to answer questions while cutting Angelica’s very, very long hair.  If you’d like to witness a haircut and some interesting audio levels, stay tuned; you might just get some free advice.  If you’re interested in a haircut or color using all organic, vegan and gluten free products in a well lit room of a sweet little house, skip the big parking lot and the chemicals and make an appointment at theroomorganicsalon.com.

Check out the Instagram post with a video of the big cut!  You can also check out Leah’s brother’s Chatty Crafties episode here: 008 After-hours Creator: Jon Chambers.

QOTW: How do you express yourself artistically in your everyday life?  Let us know on social media!  We just might mention your comment on an upcoming episode!

011 Intentional Improviser: Caitlin Sweetlamb

Improv is letting go of control, and collaborating with other people making their ideas look good and being generous with their offers as opposed to single-mindedly advancing your own.

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That’s Caitlin. Improviser, teacher, mom, and paper crafter. It’s a waste of face just to feature her voice, because this girl has expressions for days. She joined us to chat about harnessing spontaneous energy in the classroom, the freedom of improvising without male persuasion and the many virtues of listening.

Girls Girls Girls is Austin, Texas’s original all-female improvisation troupe. Their specialty is creating long-form improvised musicals from a single audience suggestion. The Girls and their live musicians make up the songs, dances, characters, and stories all on the spot. They have a show at the Hideout Theater on July 27th called Don’t Interrupt Me.

Upcoming shows: July 27 at 7:30pm at the Hideout (as part of Don’t Interrupt Me). Link for tickets here. They will also be performing in the 2018 Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in August. Date/time not yet confirmed.

Question of the week: What have you done creatively that you don’t do anymore? Give us a shout on Instagram and Twitter by answering the QOTW post or by tagging #chattycrafties. 

Some of Caitlin’s press includes:

Girls Girls Girl’s Broad Ambition –  2018

Marathoner Profile: Caitlin Sweetlamb – 2016

Austin Improv Wiki

Broad Ambition with Girls Girls Girls

I’m Not from Austin but I Got Here as Fast as I Could – 2012

010 Privately Prolific: Ian Ragsdale

I think of my notebooks as a cognitive prosthetic.  I don’t always have time to think about everything in the depth that I want to,  so I put it on paper and it helps me kind of work through it later.

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That’s Ian. Dad, drummer, writer, and half-baked boy scout. A Mortified performer and former teacher’s pet, Ian stopped by to chat about his proprietary blend of absurdism and anonymity.

Check out his band, Ain’t Nothins album, “No Regerts,” on Instagram, iTunes, and Spotify. He also develops products like scented powders and lip gloss for his wife and mother-in-law’s sex doll company, Real Love Sex Dolls (as discussed in Episode 6). They also work for humans!

Ian’s music tips: If your song isn’t long enough, just say more words!  Don’t wait to learn an instrument as an adult like he did (but it’s possible!). Play a metronome in the car and practice one-handed exercises while you drive.  Are you fidgety?  Drums might be for you!

Question of the Week: Is there a craft, performance, or activity that you have been waiting to try or always wanted to try?  Tell us on Instagram and Twitter using #chattycrafties or answer our query posts.  We’d love to discuss it on next week’s episode!

009 Manic Maker v. The Harmonizer: Angelica Norton and Amber Moreno

 

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This week on Chatty Crafties: Angelica Norton: Landscape Designer, Mother of 2, and binge-crafter vs. Amber Moreno: career-averse Personal Organizer, Mother, of 1 and serial procrastinator. Will one out-craft the other? Will questions and answers clash in a heated discussion while the a/c remains off to minimize background noise? Will it all end up on the cutting room floor? We’re pitting host against producer this week for a very special episode.
YOUR HOMEWORK THIS WEEK: make TEN of something, or scribble out 3 morning pages.  
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Do you ever go back to read, listen to, or watch your old work?  Also, show us pics of your personal workspace.  
Let us know on Twitter and Instagram using #chattycrafties or reply on the QOTW post!  We like to incorporate your answers in our interview.  Shout out to Mortimer Ex for her “music to create to” playlist idea.  On that note, check out our Chatty Crafties Spotify playlist.  While you’re at it, Amber’s blog, Morenovision for some wildly cute baby pics.

008 After-hours Creator: Jon Chambers

You have the part of yourself that goes to work and is a parent and is functioning in the world and then you have something else that is much more intelligent than that and is bigger than that and it can help you piece things together.

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That’s Jon. Drummer, dad, distresser of doors, and assembler of beats. Musically, he goes by Flameburger Jonesies, but if you want to dabble in real estate with the man behind the mix, look up Jon Chambers at Realty Austin.  Jon joined us to chat about parenting, inspiration, collaborating, his art process of choice, and your word of the day, “palimpsest.”  Definitions and more coming right up in this week’s episode.

Do you make art out of everyday objects in your house?  Are there repetitive themes in your art?  Chat us up on Instagram or Twitter via the hashtag #chattycrafties

007 Artistic Analyst: Bianca Aquino

Everything that I make or everything that I’ve created is a reflection of someone’s influence on me.

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That’s Bianca. She introduced me to computer games, AOL chatrooms, showed me how to straighten my hair, and how to dance to R&B while watching BET’s Midnight Love. She has a trumpetous laugh, an impressive set of skills, and her craft room is always a disaster, which speaks to her boundless energy for creating new things. She joined us to talk about dance and appreciating projects long after they’re done.

Between walking dogs and stitching seams, Bianca makes a fine cup of english tea and a delicious bacon curry.  She has a long queue of pro bono projects going, so if you’re looking for some help, that money better talk.  You can find her on Facebook, and if you see her wearing really flattering, really comfy looking pajama pants, feel free to compliment her – ’cause she made those.

Have you ever performed a choreographed dance at a wedding?  We’d love to see the video!  Tag #chattycrafties on Twitter and Instagram to show us, and/or let us know in the comments below.

 

006 Enthusiastic Geppetto: Randi Ragsdale

Think about how challenging it is to capture what someone fell in love with 30 years ago, and you’ve got to re-create that. When we do these designs like that, it takes several months of revisions.

 

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That’s Randi. In high school, she kept the stage well-lit, sounds on cue, and props in our hands. And even then, she was a taste-maker, inspiring my personal interests in Gucci perfume and piercings–one which my dentist sharply disagreed with. Today, she’s a savvy marketer, turbo mom, and purveyor of fine sex dolls.  Randi gave us a look at the delicate business of designing custom bodies for scholarly pursuits–and for pleasure. *NSFW*

After her podcast interview, Randi created the @enthusiastic_geppetto instagram account to show the fascinating behind-the-scenes look of working at @RealLoveSexDolls; her twitter is @randiragsdale.

Have you ever seen a sex doll in person?  Did you have the same reaction we did – apprehension then fascination?  They’re basically a giant stress doll.  Let us know in the comments or write us on Instagram or Twitter using #chattycrafties!