49: Creating Visual Art in Your Local Community with April Bey

49: Creating Visual Art in Your Local Community with April Bey

Are you dedicated to creating wonderful art? If so you are really in for a treat! Today’s guest is April Bey, an exciting visual artist, and teacher. April teaches art at a community college in California. She loves drawing and using her art to explore contemporary themes about current events. In today’s episode, April talks to us about her life, her studies, her art, and her career. Tune in now to find out more.

April grew up in the Bahamas, and for all her life she’s been passionately creating. Art is a very prominent subject in schools in the Bahamas, yet April realized during high school that there were no careers in art to be had there. So she moved to the United States. She did her undergrad in the Midwest, obtaining a BFA in drawing from Ball State University. She then went to LA, to do her master’s in interdisciplinary painting at California State University in Northridge, Los Angeles. Listen in today, to find out about April’s creative approach to her art and teaching.

Show Highlights:

  • At the moment, April is doing a lot of sewing that’s acting as drawing.
  • April explains how she got to where she is right now with her art.
  • She is currently making art about West Africa and textiles, how women run the trade there, and how their labor is often exploited.
  • The materials and techniques that she uses.
  • Why April loved the freedom of teaching at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena so much.
  • Having overbearing foreign parents is something that April has in common with many of the students at the community colleges.
  • What led April to explore the textiles of Africa.
  • A lot of the fabric in Ghana is imported.
  • All the places in Africa that April went to on her research trip.
  • April’s textile works also act as portraits.
  • You can go to April’s website to take a look at her awesome art. Go to April Bey.
  • What you can expect to find on April’s website.
  • She does a lot of work with feminist themes.
  • Some of the advice that April gives to her art students.
  • April had some really wonderful mentors.
  • Some of the shows that are coming up for April.

Links:

April’s website:  April Bey.

48: Approaching Art Mindfully for Greater Inspiration with Mou Saha

48: Approaching Art Mindfully for Greater Inspiration with Mou Saha

Are you looking for some inspiration? If so, you will really enjoy listening to the interview with our guest for today, the very creative and naturally talented artist, Mou Saha. Mou was born and raised in India. She is an unassuming teacher with a bold spirit of exploration and she uses her mindful approach art to really inspire people to experiment with art media and color. Listen in today, to find out about what Mou, what she does, and how she got to do what she’s doing.    

Mou, a mixed-media artist, and a storyteller is an intelligent and very courageous woman. Her passionate and straightforward manner is reflected in the easy and pleasurable expression of her work. Despite the number of setbacks and complications she’s experienced in her life, she has produced some really meaningful work. Listen in to find out more about Mou’s really creative approach to life.

Show Highlights:

  • The way that Mou’s art classes have evolved over time.
  • Mou’s work has been published in a number of different publications.
  • What inspired Mou to start teaching.
  • Faber Castell launched a new brand for the crafting community and they reached out to Mou to do some projects for their launch. After seeing her work, they asked her to join the design team they were putting together.
  • Mou, as a child, really loved to draw- and she would draw everything!
  • Mou was an only child and her really artful family treated as a small adult. This really inspired her!
  • Although Mou was not very good at drawing accurately as a child, she used her drawing to express herself. She won a competition due to this.
  • In sixth grade, Mou was awarded a national scholarship for drawing. And after receiving the scholarship, she began to take her art more seriously.
  • Mou was already interested in doing counseling and psychology in the eighth grade, so she found out what she needed to do in order to do that.
  • How Mou discovered that she could move beyond what her parents had taught her about what was safe, and about what she could and could not do.
  • Everything came full circle for Mou when she moved to Tampa, Florida, after getting married.
  • Mou almost lost everything about herself in the process of coming to America, and she felt really lost.
  • How taking a course really helped her to gain a real perspective.
  • How Mou discovered scrapbooking.
  • How Mou coped with the devastating discovery of a lump in her breast.
  • How winning the grand prize for a scrapbooking competition really helped Mou.
  • Teaching people about what really matters with art.
  • You will receive a free gift from Mou for signing up for her newsletter.
  • Creating the time to do something for yourself that you really love to do.

Links:

Mou’s website: Mou Saha

Mou’s Youtube

Mou on Facebook

Mou’s gift for signing up to her newsletter

Shingles

Ep 47: A Creative Approach to Solving Environmental Issues With Molly Morse

Ep 47: A Creative Approach to Solving Environmental Issues With Molly Morse

She is one of the bright and innovative people who is bringing new technologies to work for a sustainable planet, and I am intrigued to learn more. Join me now in my conversation with Molly Morse, to learn more about her passion for positive-impact plastics, the health of the environment and her creative approach.

Dr. Molly Morse is the CEO and co-founder of Mango Materials, a San Francisco Bay Area-based startup company, that uses wastewater treatment plant methane gas to manufacture biodegradable materials. Her vision of the future involves the proliferation of anaerobic digestion so that methane can be used to make electricity, fuels, and materials – creating local regions of economic resiliency.

Molly received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and her B.S. from Cornell University. Dr. Morse has contributed to multiple patents, publications, and presentations. Along with other Mango Materials team members, she is currently working to upscale the biomanufacturing technology of using methane gas to produce biodegradable materials. Their current focus is on the production of waste-derived biopolymers that can be used as fibers for the textile and fashion industry.

More in this episode

    Dr. Molly Morse discusses what Mango Materials does to create a new product that is a substitute for conventional plastics that can go into fibers to be made into clothing and other uses.

    The material that is produced can be used for cosmetic packaging, plastic bags, fibers for clothing and more, that can break down rather than remain in the environment.

    In the conversation, we discuss the various applications that the product can be used for and how the product could break down after use.

    We learn more about how Dr. Morse shares her passion for a better environment and bio-composites that would be able to be used within environmentally friendly construction applications through her processes.

    Dr. Morse shared her journey to becoming a business owner and how her educational path leads her to the present.

    She discussed how the company is transitioning out of R & D and into application development.

    Molly shares how she came up with the company name and creativity was significant in that process.

Molly Morse says, “How we encourage our children to solve problems, it isn’t something that can’t be undervalued. Those key moments can stick with kids for a really long time. Challenges can lead to lots of solutions. Fostering creativity from a very young age and encouraging it is important.”

Molly identifies with this quote, “The creative adult is the child who has survived.”– Julian F. Fleron

One of the quotes to add to that is Einstein when he said, “Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.”

Links

The Green Biz Conference: https://www.Greenbiz.com

https://www.greenbiz.com/events/verge-conference/oakland/2018

The Red Cross:

https://www.redcross.org

Other ways to help victims of Camp Fire:

https://www.nbcnews.com/better/news/how-help-victims-california-wildfires-ncna936911

Articles about forest fire management:

https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060106627

https://climatecrocks.com/2018/11/19/forests-need-more-than-raking/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MangoMaterials/

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mango-materials/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MolMorse & https://twitter.com/MangoMaterials

Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/mangomaterials/ & https://www.instagram.com/mollycmorse/

Website:

https://www.mangomaterials.com

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Ep 46: When the Love of Literature and Scotland Turns into a Podcast with Ginger Wiseman

Ep 46: When the Love of Literature and Scotland Turns into a Podcast with Ginger Wiseman

Ginger Wiseman is one of the co-hosts (with her sister) Summer Reynolds, of The Outlander Podcast. She has a great story of how her love of the books and then the series, and a passion for Scotland, led them to create a podcast for fans. I always have a great deal of fun learning about how my guests found their creative niche. Today is no exception.

More in this episode

● We learn about Ginger’s story and what got her and her sister, Summer into hosting two podcasts.

● How the two sisters connected over literature through the years and how that strengthened their love of the written word in multiple languages.

● She discusses her love of the Outlander series and the events that led to the creation of their fandom podcast.

● Ginger shared what led her and her sister to create The All Souls Podcast and how that helped them broaden their horizons with fans, friends, and travel.

● She shares how she was able to get involved with ComicCon working in press and the benefits that have helped her grow her shows and gain more visibility.

● Ginger shared more about The All Souls Con event and that she follows the book releases and shows coming out with the international networks.

● The sisters planned for the long haul as the main character had not yet been cast.

● Ginger shares how she was able to plan out the podcast episodes in alignment with the books and episodes for content.

● She noticed early on that there was a random invitation to join for an after-show. She felt that guests found more value when they did a live video in their private FB group after-show right after the episode ends.

● Having a sponsor never changed their content, schedule or format.

● She felt empowered to have a podcast through her exploration of what other podcast hosts were offering and her love of the dramatic arts growing up.

● She shares her journey with her sister to Scotland and how they created a group experience trip they do yearly.

Ginger says, “While everyone has their own talents or abilities that they’ve honed, whatever it is that you feel, even if you’re not doing it professionally, whatever it is that you feel is a great outlet for you creatively.[SIC] Being creative must be intentional. It’s important if you are creative that you have to make time for those things. It is needed and a very important part of life.”

Resources

https://www.outlanderpod.com

https://www.allsoulspod.com

https://www.podabroad.com

https://www.facebook.com/outlanderpod/

https://www.facebook.com/allsoulspod/

https://twitter.com/bookishginge?lang=en

Outlander Book Series

All Souls Book Series

https://www.amc.com

Ep 45: A Gifted Geyser Of Artistic Expression A Conversation With Jonathan Fong

Ep 45: A Gifted Geyser Of Artistic Expression A Conversation With Jonathan Fong

Today’s podcast has a fascinating guest, Jonathan Fong. From plans for kid’s projects to ideas for sophisticated weddings, Jonathan just shines! Home decorating, crafting, and entertainment are not the only things he knows about, but he also has a unique gift to teach us how to master his creative visions. I love that Jonathan always dresses impeccably and adds unique touches to his ensemble. His approach proves that men’s fashions can be both original and very dapper.

In this conversation, you’ll learn more about the innovative Jonathan Fong and his “creative approach.”

More in this episode

  • What Jonathan is doing on a daily basis and how he inspires others.
  • Jonathan didn’t really become a designer until later on in life and shares where he started out before he got to this point in his journey.
  • He discusses his career beginnings and the struggles he had when he experienced “left brain, right brain conflict” where he was trying to be creative in a non-creative field.
  • Jonathan was encouraged that if he “had huge creative tendencies to explore them!”
  • How his creative exploration led him to greater opportunities such as being on HGTV, writing books, creating a business and his own show on YouTube
  • The value of creating your own content on YouTube and what that can lead to.
  • How working with Disney and teaching on kid’s crafts helped him gain a wider audience to infuse creativity in the lives of millions.
  • We discussed his exploration of infusing his creativity into his cooking as well.
  • Who influenced Jonathan to embrace his creativity throughout his life.
  • How his fun and playful attitude has helped people make their art more personal.
  • Craft books on the horizon may include more Jewish Crafts and Dog and Cat Crafts.
  • Jonathan feels that creativity is one of the most important things in this world. He says, “that for us creative folks, or for people that want to be creative, it’s our duty to create because creativity is the opposite of destruction. There is so much destruction in the world and so much of the world is geared towards destruction, both physical and spiritual. However you create, whether it’s through crafting or cooking or building or painting or singing – however you express yourself to create or make something – that counteracts the destruction. We can change the world by creating.”

Resources:

Website

Jonathan on Facebook

Instagram

Youtube: Style with A Smile

Books on Amazon: Walls That Wow, Flowers That Wow, Parties That Wow

CHA (The Craft & Hobby Association, now known as The Association For Creative Industries)

E-how for more on creating a fun party, cooking, crafts, and more.

Jewish Film Festival in Sacramento

Ep 44: Finding Beauty in the Imperfections with Linda Gelfman

Ep 44: Finding Beauty in the Imperfections with Linda Gelfman

Joining me on the show today is a professor of ceramics at American River College in Sacramento, a founding member of The E Street Gallery and Studios, and one of my favorite art teachers, Linda Gelfman.

She has recently been exploring soft-sculpture as well as her ceramic work. She used her textile pieces in a recent show at The Kaneko Gallery at American River College, titled “Cognitive Dissonance.” The show examined the multilayers of life. “Linda’s Lollies¨ the name she’s given her anthropomorphic soft sculptures, have a mixture of cuteness and the bizarre. Her work has focused on finding beauty in the imperfections that working with clay can provide.

Some of her earliest art-related memories include playing in her friend’s wet sandbox. Her love of creativity led her through college, where she was surprised and elated she was able to major in art and could share that love with others. She continued to build an incredible career teaching, installing her work in galleries and continued her education at Sacramento State in graduate school.

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to chat with Linda. Our conversation is full of passion for the creative process and the love she has for teaching others. If you need the inspiration to get back into the flow of creativity, listen to this episode, and make sure to check out the ways to connect further with Linda.

More in this episode:
● Linda believes everyone has creativity within themselves.
● Linda found working with clay using the Wabi Sabi method in her early 20s Which helped her gain a deeper appreciation of finding beauty in the imperfect.
● She shares how students can feel empowered in their creativity and sense of expression.
● Linda shares her methods for creating dynamic pieces that go against the traditional “rules.”
● She enjoys using upcycled materials to integrate new textures and elements into her work and recent gallery installations.
● Linda believes that following your passion is the best way to help and serve humanity.
● She was able to make art and make a living for years.
● Linda believes it’s vital for artists to get back to the fluidity of their process to ignite their creative spark and to go “outside the lines of perfectionism.”
● She feels art is important and encourages everyone to take an art class “because it will change your life.”
● It’s OK to be different because that makes us unique and marvelous.
● She shares her thought on what to do if you’re feeling disconnected from life.

Resources:

Find Linda at The E Street Gallery

Linda Gelfman on Facebook: Gelfman Art

Become one of her students at American River College

Snow After Fire Art Piece

Meow Wolf

Article on Fire Retardant planes from McClelland

Link to map of fire situation in California this year

Fort McMurray, Alberta fire

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