40: Using Photography to Support a Cause with Alison Brown

40: Using Photography to Support a Cause with Alison Brown

Our guest today is the photographer, Alison Brown. I learned of Alison through the Women’s Environmental  Network of the San Francisco Bay area. I saw her work online, and I knew I had to have her on the show. Alison is an international photographer that discovered her passion for photography nearly ten years ago after embarking on her first backpacking trip through Southeast Asia in 2008. She’s been blessed to visit the countries of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Turkey, France, Israel, Spain, Portugal, United States, Canada, and Mexico. In addition to her photography, she is also a Communications Consultant and Sustainability Specialist. Her intention is to use her photographs to inspire people to care more deeply about the natural environment and conservation. Alison views photography as much more than a profession and shares her creative approach to photography in this episode.

More creativity in this episode:

  • Learn how photography inspires Alison.
  • Why did Alison choose to travel Southeast Asia after graduating college?
  • Alison shares her passion for her sustainability work.
  • Discover how Alison bridges her sustainability work with her photography.
  • Alison describes her experiences while living in Australia.
  • Alison shares tidbits from her younger years, and how her focused shifted to what it is today.
  • Inspiration for creativity may come in different forms. Alison shares when she does her best work.
  • Encouragement for using your personal creativity.
  • Encouragement to be conservative with natural resources.

Resources:

Alison Brown Photography

E-mail: alison@alisonbrownphotography.com

Alison’s blog is Alison Brown Photography

You can discover more about Alison on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.

 

39: Doctors Who Create with Vidya Viswanathan

39: Doctors Who Create with Vidya Viswanathan

It is always a joy to see creativity bloom where you least expect it. I am speaking with student physician Vidya Viswanathan today, the founder of Doctors Who Create. Vidya and her team are on a mission to change the culture of medicine by fostering creativity. It is such a delight to see colleagues in medicine with an interest in creativity.

Vidya had the chance not just to explore how creativity plays an important role in medicine but also how her experiences of travel and foreign language have shaped her career as well. There is so much beauty in hearing a story shared well, and that is what is in store for you with Vidya today! Her perspectives are very unlike any we have had on the show so far, but her stories still have a little something for everyone. I am excited for you to join us as we explore Vidya’s journey to creativity and culture.

More Creativity in this Episode:

  • Vidya shares her roundabout path to medicine and her biggest cultural influences.
  • Medicine needs the influence of creativity too!
  • Vidya wants to highlight the profiles of medical professionals who use creativity.
  • Vidya shares what gave her blog some focus.
  • The broader appeal of Doctors Who Create.
  • Vidya’s parents encouraged her to read and write and express herself through words.
  • Taking Chinese played an important role in Vidya’s creativity.
  • Dive into some of Vidya’s best experiences while traveling in China.
  • Focus on the process, not the result.

Resources:

Doctors Who Create

38: Celebrating National Scrapbook Day with Nancy Nally

38: Celebrating National Scrapbook Day with Nancy Nally


Do you know that May 5th is International (aka National) Scrapbook Day? By now, my regular listeners all know that I’m a really enthusiastic scrapbooker, and at the moment, I am busy creating a kit to take with me to Dixon, California, to celebrate this special tribute to scrapbooking. Although I have done more digital pages lately, I still love to take out my supplies and get lost in the world of cutting and gluing. In fact, I love getting lost in the whole dimension of paper storytelling! May 5th is a day to celebrate other things, too. It’s Kentucky Derby Day, Cinco de Mayo, Burgundy Day (the color-not the wine), Comic Book Day, Hoagie Day, and even National Seeing Monarch Butterfly Day, to only mention a few! Most importantly, may 5th is Silence the Shame Day. Mental illness is far too common, and it’s very treatable! So let’s all speak out, advocate for more resources, and encourage those in need of help to seek it. What did you celebrate May 5th? I’d love to know! I’d also really love to know if you found a creative outlet for telling your story.

I’m really looking forward to today’s show with my noteworthy guest, Nancy Nally. Nancy is both a columnist and a journalist. Alliteration in her name could be one reason why Nancy Nally is known, but she is also known for her nose for news. On today’s show, we discover the latest trends in colors, papers, and motifs, from here and abroad. We also learn about the job of a craft journalist, and about how Nancy found her creative approach. I first met Nancy through the craft world, and more specifically, via events of the AFCI (Association for Creative Industries), formerly known as The Craft and Hobby Association. Nancy is no stranger to podcasting and helped host The Paper-Clipping Roundtable, while it was an active broadcast. Join me today, and listen as we take a peek at Nancy’s creative approach, and as we also celebrate creative crafts!

Show Highlights:

  • Nancy discusses her career and blog.
  • The three craft industry-related websites that Nancy’s company owns-Scrapbook Update, Craft Critique, and the recently launched Chasing Dust Bunnies.
  • The kinds of crafts on which Nancy focuses.
  • Some of the really hot crafts, along with craft comebacks.
  • The way that trends filter down into the crafts industry.
  • The ways trends here differ from European trends.
  • The latest trends in colors.
  • Chalk paints are currently a big craze in Europe.
  • The DIY trend is going strong in Europe, and there is much to facilitate this!
  • Metallic finishes are very popular.
  • How do rubber and wood-mounted stamps fit into your scrapbooking strategy?
  • Nancy’s purpose-driven crafting.
  • How curiosity drives creativity.
  • What creativity means to Nancy.

Links:

Nancy’s websites: Scrapbook Update

Craft Critique

Chasing Dust Bunnies

Please join our Creative Approach Facebook Page, and the Creative Approach Facebook Group, too!

 

37: Using Creativity to Impact Future Generations with Patricia Newman

37: Using Creativity to Impact Future Generations with Patricia Newman

The creative process of storytelling is both fascinating and inspiring. The stories we share and the ones we create play such a huge role in how we capture memories and shape the future. No one understands this better than Patricia (or Patti) Newman. Patti has a passion for telling stories, but her passion doesn’t stop there! I am excited for you to hear all of her thoughts on creativity!

Patricia Newman is the author of the Sibert Honor-winning Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem as well as Zoo Scientists to the Rescue; Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and Neema’s Reason to Smile. With her books, she hopes to empower kids and to share stories about people who create change around the world. Patti is our first children’s author on the podcast, and her stories about social justice, careers, and the wide world around us are just fabulous. It is clear that Patti has the heart to use her creative gifts to empower our future scientists, business owners, and world leaders. We have so much to learn from her in today’s episode!

More creativity in this episode:

  • Patti shares her unique point of view on children’s stories.
  • Why Patti tends towards environmental themes in her books.
  • The journey behind Neema’s story.
  • Children are often very perceptive when it comes to more difficult topics.
  • Patti shares stories of her own childhood.
  • Making the leap from reading to writing is big but natural.
  • Patti wants to teach children to connect what they have learned to the rest of the world.
  • The main reasons why Patti picks her stories.
  • We need to share with our children that their voices matter.
  • It is easy to see creativity in fiction, but nonfiction requires it too!

Resources:

Patricia Newman

Books are available online!

Reason 2 Smile

36: Ireland Travelogue Highlighting Irish Coffee

36: Ireland Travelogue Highlighting Irish Coffee

It’s always so tempting to travel! When my husband called me over the other day to check out a fantastic tour of Ireland that he found while looking at his tablet, it reminded me  that I had  not yet continued with the tale that I’d started in the podcast a while back, about the wonderful adventure we had last year, while touring around Great Britain and Ireland. So today I continue my story and I’m also going to let you listen in to a fun interview that I recorded on my trip, where I ask a host manager of a hotel for some information about Irish Coffee. Listen in- I really hope that you will enjoy the interview!

I’m occasionally a little shy, which I know is an odd admission for a podcaster, but on certain occasions, like trips abroad, it does tend to happen. Chatting to the local residents does tend to help me get over it, and this is one of the reasons that I really recommend that everyone takes some time to get to know the local people when traveling. In my experience, even taking the time for a brief chat can often prove to be the best part of an adventure! Listen in today to find out more about our tour of Great Britain and Ireland.

Show Highlights:

  • Taking tours can be very demanding, so be sure to leave on time and try to be the first ones there at any major attraction.
  • Some of the highlights of London.
  • Traveling to Windsor Station- a grand, English, industrial revolution, Victorian-style building, much of which is now a tourist mall.
  • Exploring the grounds of Windsor Castle.
  • About Canterbury Cathedral and the Black Prince.
  • The pastoral countryside was dotted with buildings with names like ‘The Croft’ and ‘The Old Mill’.
  • The ancient castles and grand stone churches are reminders of Great Britain’s long and fascinating history.
  • Touring the Royal Pavillion in Brighton.
  • Gaining a sense of the magic of Stonehenge.
  • Traveling in Cornwall.
  • The Priory of Saint Ives in Cornwall.
  • Taking a cruise up Plymouth Sound to Plymouth.
  • Bath- often the setting for titillating tales of Regency society.
  • Wales- a land of low mountains, tidy farms and signs with unpronounceable names.
  • Crossing St George’s Channel to green, green Ireland.
  • The history of Irish Coffee, a recipe to make it- and even how to drink it!  

 

Enjoy some of my photos from the trip!

35: Try New Things to Find What You Are Awesome At with Jen Cushman

35: Try New Things to Find What You Are Awesome At with Jen Cushman

Art is not just for the artist! My guest today, Jen Cushman, is an artist, a crafter, and a teacher who embraces that mentality wholeheartedly. Jen works best in multimedia. Any time she tries to stick to one medium, it never ends up well! From scrapbooking to mixed media collage to jewelry and so much more, Jen wants us all to push outside of our comfort zones and try something new and spectacular.

Today, Jen is going to share her amazing journeys in creativity. Along the way, she will share some of her brightest inspirations, favorite ways to create, and what it is like to develop a product. We will also get an inside look into her Deconstructed Reconstructed Retreats, which are fabulous and invaluable for someone interested in mixed media. Jen will also share with us why she loves working with power tools and blowtorches, and how jewelry making was opened up to her once she learned those skills.

Above all else, Jen makes art for anyone to enjoy that is also accessible to anyone. Because she loves teaching classes and writing books, Jen is ensuring that someone who might not consider themselves an artist in the strictest sense can still create something wonderful. Creativity is for everyone, and Jen and I are so excited to celebrate that with you today!

More in this episode:

  • Jen shares all of her current projects and passions.
  • Jen travels around the world to teach others how to do mixed media art.
  • Teaching women how to use power tools was an accidental but powerful movement for Jen.
  • Why Jen started crafting and expressing her creativity.
  • Jen actually got her start in journalism!
  • How Jen got kicked out of a Creative Memories crop but then got into teaching scrapbooking.
  • The creative process involved with developing a project to sell.
  • What it’s like to teach and develop a class.
  • Advice for choosing a retreat.
  • Why Jen is hosting her next retreat at home.
  • Jen’s best thoughts on creativity.

Resources:

Jen Online

Making Metal Jewelry

American Woman’s Hospital Service

 

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