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.
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.
Billy and Noble
Billy and Amber
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.
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?
Caroline Reck in The Orchid Flotilla (Courtesy of Glass Half Full Theatre)
Caroline Reck in The Orchid Flotilla. (Photo by Stephen Pruitt)
Caroline Reck (Photo by Julia M. Smith)
Don Quixote confronts Y (Caroline Reck). (Photo courtesy of Glass Half Full Theatre)
Caroline Reck making anything a puppet
Sept 14–21, 2018: El Cucuy project
May 2019: Once There Were Six Seasons
Glass Half Full links:
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
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.
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.
Girls Girls Girls
Caitlin Sweetlamb GGG Anniversary Show (pic by Steve Rogers Photography)
Girls Girls Girls in Broad Ambition
Caitlin’s save the date
Girls Girls Girls
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
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.
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!
Ian on stage at Mortified
Ian’s many notebooks for writing
Superstar in writing and spelling
Ian playing drums during Ain’t Nothins practice
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.
Angelica performing in Testify
Angelica’s baby blanket series
Angelica’s renditions of 10
Angelica’s mermaid skirt
Angelica getting her hands dirty
Angelica’s jewelry organizer (collaboration w/ Matt)
Amber in Cabernet Cabaret singing Too Darn Hot
Amber’s Chalk handwriting from her library days
Amber’s morning pages
Amber on set for One Room Schoolhouse’s “Audition”
Amber polishing a wedding bouquet before it went down the aisle
Amber backstage during “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told”
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.
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
Painting by Jon Chambers in Angelica’s living room
Distressed door by Jon Chambers
Door by Jon Chambers
Art by Jon Chambers
Art by Jon Chambers
Art by Ronny Cheddar
Everything that I make or everything that I’ve created is a reflection of someone’s influence on me.
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.
Costume by Bianca ((from her Facebook)
Pajamas by Bianca (from her Facebook)
Old pals: Bianca and Amber
Single Ladies choreography by Bianca for Amber’s bachelorette party in Nov 2009
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Single Ladies choreography by Bianca for Amber’s bachelorette party in Nov 2009
So, I’ll try to engage people around me more – and that is not in my nature. That is the nurturing aspect of being told that I’m funny, and that people will come watch me, and that people want to be in shows with me. You know, if you stroke someone’s ego enough, it gets healthy.
That’s Aaron. Improvisor, writer, and reluctant physicist with the voice of a news castor. Stay tuned for a human interest story about the cult of improv, building realities, and how to play nice with other grown-ups.
Aaron Saenz’s writings can be found at Strange But False. He can often be found doing improv at Austin’s Hideout Theatre.
Do you perform improv? Are there ways a novice could get started? Tell us about your love or fear of making it up on the fly in front of strangers in the comments, or via #chattycrafties on Instagram and Twitter.
Some of Aaron’s press includes:
Wanderlust – 2018
Hideout Theatre’s The Kindness of Strangers – 2017
Date Night – 2017
The Sunday Interview: Aaron Saenz – 2013
The Big Bash – 2013
Celebrity Improv 101 at the Hideout Theatre, Austin (Steve Rogers Photography)
The International Improv Experience (Steve Rogers Photography)
Soul Grudge Showdown VI – Intergenerational Tag Team (Steve Rogers Photography)
Start Trekkin’ (Steve Rogers Photography)
44 Hour Improv Marathon Hour 6 PGraph (Steve Rogers Photography)
The Kindness of Strangers (photo by Jay Mahavier)
At the Hideout Theater, Austin (Steve Rogers Photography)
A Bedtime Gorey: Improv Inspired by Edward Gorey (Steve Rogers Photography)
Genevieve and Aaron on their 10th wedding anniversary (photo by Hanna Peck)
…Finding the space in between your thoughts. And…I think music does that for me. It’s an escape where I kind of lose my concept of what room I’m in, or what day of the week it is or, all of the kind of subtle things that keep you in reality, and let some of my other senses start to take over.
That’s Matt. Also known as Berm and Swale. Landscape designer, synthesizer fanatic, and creator of many a transcendent meal, this week he stepped out of the kitchen and joined us to chat about his architectural appetites, sobriety, and his personal antidote to creative stagnation.
You can find @bermandswale on Soundcloud, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (although the latter currently doesn’t see much activity). You can also check out Open Envelope Studio‘s landscape design/build portfolio on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
We heard Is There Hope and Thankful People in this episode. He also compiled this video of collaged vintage snippets to go with his song, I Forgot Her.
Do you like to play electronic music? What’s your favorite program for sound design? Tell us below or on Twitter and Instagram via the hashtag #chattycrafties
Matt making music as Berm and Swale
Matt cooking dinner
Matt being handy, making a stand for his music equipment
Recording our daughter for a school project
Taking apart and repairing synthesizers
Matt and Angelica designing landscapes together for OES
Whatever I can do, to get through, to get the creativity out. I’m a vomit artist. I’m not a – I mean, I will, like, just throw up art, all over the place. I need to make it. Once the idea is in my head, I need to make it. And if it doesn’t come out the way it looks in my head, that’s fine. I’m expressing.
That’s Genevieve. Therapist, Celebrant, soon to be mother-of-two…and my very first artistic rival from 1999. She joins us on our maiden voyage to chat about poetry, playtime, and the sinister presence of artistic wounding. If you or someone you know suffers from such a thing, don’t go away.
Genevieve Saenz is a celebrant and expressive arts therapist, providing marriage and family counseling services through her practice Passageway Arts. You can also find her via @passagewayarts on Instagram.
Have you ever tried art therapy? It’s a lovely way to explore feelings and emotions that don’t always translate perfectly into words. Leave a comment or write us on Twitter and Instagram using #chattycrafties.
Artwork (photos provided by Genevieve Saenz)
Genevieve and Kate at the Art of the Heart workshop
Mobile making (photos provided by Genevieve Saenz)
Leading us through an office blessing in February 2018
Process (photos provided by Genevieve Saenz)