024 Rhubarb Woodcutter: Logan Willis

When I walked into the architecture building at the University of Houston in South Coast they had all the graphics on the walls and half of a volkswagen up on it, and I thought, well, this is what I want to do that’s when I realized I wanted to get into architecture

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That’s Logan. Carpenter, connoisseur of coincidences and Angelica’s darling dad. A history buff with a keen eye for how things are made, he sat down to chat about architecture, building, and the other ethereal ingredients that make up his blueprint.

We mentioned South Coast/ Ant Farm and Inflatable architecture.

Since today is Halloween, we have a lovely Costume Parade on our Chatty Crafties Facebook page!  Here are a some of our favorite.  Happy Halloween!

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023 Dexxcellent Creator: Ms. Dexxi

I think i like more improvising and just kind of going with what feels right, sometimes the kids will come to class and they may have had a day of testing; they really don’t want one more structured thing to do. They need more freedom, and so we have to be spontaneous in that way.

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That’s Ms. Dexxi. Dance instructor, aspiring motivational speaker, and mom.  She stopped by after class to chat about the mental relief of dance, the art of self-development, and encouraging the bloom of kids’ creative self-expression–in-and out of the studio. You can find her on Facebook on her Yoga Sign page and find her dance and yoga classes offered at the East Communities YMCA in Austin, TX.

Girls, you got that Buffy reboot on your mind?

Parents, do you let your kids curse? Have you thought about it? Michael Adams has.

Find some inspiration to try on some costumes with Amber’s tried and true Halloweemix on Spotify. ………..Or if you’re into the 80’s, and dark, synthy horror-prog try these by Ryan M. Todd.  We’re still collecting images of homemade Halloween costumes for our Costume Parade.  Send them to us at our email or tag us on social media with #chattycraftiescostume

If your work or creative space feels stagnant or heavy, find some sacred objects around the home and think about a ritual to set your intention for the space.  You can find meaning in anything, and sometimes we just need to be reminded that we’re on the right path.  Our old plan Genevieve at Passageway Arts reminded me that all is well (that was our closing affirmation) and she talked more about how she picked the sacred items on her Instagram page.  Gen was one of the original 5 producers of the monthly storytelling show Testify, which we talked about at length on Kate’s episode and we brought up to Dexxi that she might enjoy.

Intro is a sweet sample from one of Ms. Dexxi’s classes; our outro music is by Berm and Swale, who has more HERE.

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!

 

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!

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♥

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