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Fain House Radio: Creative Living Podcast

Fain House Radio: Creative Living Podcast

By Annie Fain Barralon
How can you do all that needs done in life and still pursue your desire to learn French, or the guitar, or grow a plant or make art? You can’t put a fiddle under our pillow and wake up playing it (though, how cool would that be!). Join me, Annie Fain Barralon, as I interview painters and gardeners, designers and musicians, photographers and cooks, creative livers of any kind, who have some how, in the middle of it all, continued on their creative paths no matter what.
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1: How being "hell-bent" is an important part of your creative path w/ Aubrey Atwater

Fain House Radio: Creative Living Podcast

1: How being "hell-bent" is an important part of your creative path w/ Aubrey Atwater

Fain House Radio: Creative Living Podcast

32: Finding gratitude for the road blocks w/ David Hughes
In his college years David Hughes was a guitar/banjo playing math major who converted vehicles to run on restaurant waste grease. As the years passed he found himself in a stressful, all consuming job, but the desire to take his music more seriously never left him. He has since taken the leap and now teaches music, works for his local arts council and has made a record inspired by his love for old American music (specifically Piedmont blues, old-time string band music and ballad singers of his native state of North Carolina.) He reminds us that enjoying music is a very fundamental human experience which can create social connection as well as a healthy way to process our emotions. And most importantly, he encourages us all to get excited about our failures because this means we are trying...and that it truly something to celebrate. Learn more about David and his music here: Website: Instagram: @themusicofdavidhughes At the end of the episode we feature a track from David's latest record "Trials in Time" called "Saber Rattling." Open Folk Asheville:@openfolkavl All things Fain House: Sign up for our email list: Website: Shop: Instagram: @fainhouse & @fainhouseradio Your Quote for the Day: “A creative life is an amplified life. It's a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert
May 17, 2022
31: Exploration is Inspiration w/ Jen Swearington
Jen Swearington's creative life seems to boil down to one main thing: A strong sense of curiosity which has led to a love of constant learning. Though she is most known for her textiles her creative ideas span a range of media including paper cutting, bookarts, drawing, quilts and sculpture. Drawn by the belief that art is everywhere, she finds inspiration not only from international travel and artist residencies, but also from walking out of her own front door and simply looking around and being open to what's out in front of her. She reminds us that it's ok to allow ourselves some frustration, that it's important to go out and actively find what is interesting to us and that unless you want to do things the same way for the rest of your life your only choice is to figure out how to do something different. Learn more about Jen and her work here: Website: Shop: Instagram: Jen's Aunt Kelly: All things Fain House: Signup for our email list: Website: Shop: Instagram: @fainhouse & @fainhouseradio Your quote for the day: “Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is."  ~Mason Cooley
May 04, 2022
30: The power of accumulation w/ Géraud Barralon
Musician, singer, builder of things (and my very own husband) Géraud Barralon is a great believer in the power of accumulation. If you have something new you want to learn or a skill you want to maintain, take just 15 minutes every day and you will start to see, what he describes as, "positive consequences." In his mind, song and music are spiritual food and are things meant to be shared. If shyness or insecurity is what you are struggling with it's important to start by acknowledging that it's truly meaningful to you and to do whatever you can to find the support to go make what you really want to happen, happen. He reminds us that we need to feel free in your spirit to be creative, sometimes getting inspired is as simple as taking in new things and that if the inspiration is real then the need to act on it is real. It makes you more yourself, which makes you stronger and then you can help people around you better. Learn more about Géraud and his music here: * The song Géraud sings at the end of this episode is called "Les Bosses" and can be found on his CD "La Trace du Poète." CD purchase and instant downloads can be found on his website. If you are interested in taking the Slow Jam Workshop taught by Géraud and Annie Fain email us at: May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23 / 5-7pm Banjos, fiddles, standup bass, guitar, mandolin, uke & more welcome! All things Fain House: -Signup for our email list: -Website: -Shop: -Instagram: @fainhouse & @fainhouseradio -Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day: “Creativity is contagious, Pass it on."  ~Albert Einstein
April 12, 2022
29: Creativity is a kind of concentrated mindfulness w/ Daniel Nevins.
Daniel Nevins is a painter turned psychotherapist. Looking back he thinks that even as a painter he was, in a sense, trying to do "some form of therapy...with shapes and colors." Though he still paints, his work as a therapist has shifted his perspective in a way that he describes as "the change from being the painter to being the painting." He reminds us that one of the best ways to turn the dial down on anxiety is to be involved in a task that takes all of our concentration and because this is an element of being truly engaged in our creative endeavors, we might find some relief in the process. Seeing creativity as a kind of concentrated attention brings us back to the idea that it is, in fact, a form of mindfulness and surely it is good for all of us to strengthen our mindfulness muscles. Right? Right! Learn more about Daniel and his work here: Websites: Instagram: @_danielnevins_ All things Fain House: -Signup for our email list: -Website: -Instagram: @fainhouse & @fainhouseradio -Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day: "Abandon your masterpiece and sink into the real masterpiece.” -Leonard Cohen
April 06, 2022
28: Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness w/ Zak Foster
Improv quilter extraordinaire Zak Foster's specialties are memory quilts, burial quilts and community quilts made with salvaged and repurposed materials in his self-described wonky, free-form style. All is connected to his main project of "how to live the good life." After years of planning and prep he made the leap from his day job into the world of self employment where he pursues what he calls the "community quilting bee instinct." Quilts are a great excuse to get together and there is much richness in the idea that everyone brings their offerings with them and that when our hands are busy stitching we relax and just might have more real and honest conversations. Improv quilting has taught Zak that making mistakes can be an artist's best friend and that working with materials, no matter the material, gives us a safe space to try new things and build confidence in our own making. He reminds us that if we can't yet see "the exact shape" of our dream, try to make peace with not knowing and have faith that as you get more closely to it you will see it more clearly. And when it comes to making art, you can't mess up. In Zak's words, the only thing you could do to mess it up is "not to do the thing." Learn more about Zak and his work here: Website: Instagram: Looking for a closer connection? Seamside Podcast: All things Fain House: -Signup for our email list: -Website: -Instagram: @fainhouse & @fainhouseradio -Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the Day: “Much like a patchwork quilt, inspiration that stirs and motivates us is made of many things.” — Robert Reynolds.
March 22, 2022
27: Creating a life of craft w/ Jessica Kaufman
Jessica Kaufman loves passing on what she knows so much that she created a masters degree in Craft Education. She has experience in various mediums both as a maker and a teacher including knitting, group harmony singing, hand dying and developing craft focused businesses. After years leading the craft cabin at the camp where she worked, she realized she could take all she did to order, organize and teach at camp and use it as a model for creating her own business. You can now visit her storefront Waxon Batik & Hand Dying Studio in West Asheville, NC and try your own hand at tie-dye and ice-dying or shop for ready-made garments and homegoods. She reminds us that learning new things is sometimes a bouncing back and forth between independent exploration and time spent learning from master makers and that when you are making it's ok to keep some things just for you. Learn more about Jessica and her work here: Websites: Instagram: @happygocrafty @waxonstudio @balabustagear All things Fain House: -Signup for our email list: -Website: -Instagram: @fainhouse & @fainhouseradio -Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the Day: “Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.” — Nolan Bushnell."
March 01, 2022
26: Sparks of Inspiration w/ Jessica Johnson
By the age of six Jessica Johnson was already hooked on singing and loved collecting her seashell, snake skin, rock "treasures." Eventually she picked up the guitar, studied herbalism and wellness, started a garden and became a mother. Through struggles along the way she has found that lots of healing and creativity can come from being in community with others. She reminds us that if you need to take a break or hit the reset button on your creative path, tell yourself you'll be back again some day soon and always stay open to the sparks of inspiration as they come. Learn more about Jessica and her work here: Website: Shop: Instagram: @jess_of_joy All things Fain House: -Signup for our email list: -Website: -Instagram: @fainhouse & @fainhouseradio -Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the Day: “Making the simple complex is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.” ~Charles Mingus
February 02, 2022
25: Play accordion? "No way!" w/ Rachel Bell
When Rachel Bell's grandmother suggested she pick up the accordion her answer was "No way!" Eventually her education in music led her straight back to the accordion and this time around she fell in love. It's different than other instruments in a variety of ways and as Rachel says, "you can strap it on, it welds into your body and you can feel the vibrations as you play." Collaboration is where her heart is. It's a way to be in good company with fellow musicians she admires, exchange ideas and also be inspired to try something she wouldn't have thought of on her own. She reminds us to take in as much inspiration from as many sources as possible and that if we feel stuck, go outside, get filled up by nature and keep on moving ahead. Learn more about Rachel and her music here: Website: Facebook: Bandcamp: Instagram: @rachelbellmusic Tune Medley: Barracuda (Kenneth Murphy) / Turtles in the Sinkhole (Rachel Bell) played by Eloise & Co. (Rachel Bell, Becky Tracey & Andrew VanNordstrand) All things Fain House: -Signup for our email list: -Website: -Instagram: @fainhouse & @fainhouseradio -Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the Day: “To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”  ~Osho
January 25, 2022
24: Sometimes the distance between dreaming and doing is our biggest hurdle w/ Alex McLeod
We are all on a quest for a more satisfying life in our own ways and Alex McLeod is no different. With the support of his family he chose to leave his corporate job in exchange for a bit of financial struggle paired with the opportunity for more daily life happiness. His working theory is that each of us has a genetic memory for things like living in community, being outdoors in all its forms and working with our hands. This is why making more room in our lives for what we consider truly valuable feels right and good. For Alex this is anything from hunting mushrooms, learning to play the fiddle, delving into square dance calling to time with his kids. He reminds us that sometimes the distance between dreaming and doing is our biggest hurdle, but that taking that first small step is worth it, a thousand times over. See what Alex is up to here: All things Fain House: -Signup for our email list: -Website: -Instagram: @fainhouse & @fainhouseradio -Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the Day: “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.”  ~Neale Donald Walsch
January 18, 2022
23: Give yourself space & hold yourself up w/ Erica Stankwytch Bailey
Through the years designer/jeweler/metalsmith Erica Stankwytch Bailey started to figure out who she was as an artist and that, in fact, she had always known it. She is now sure that all the "I should"s and "I have to be"s might be the biggest barriers we all face, both in daily life and in creative life. As we are all on that quest for the enigma that is balance we have to give ourselves space to have crash and burns. Everything we make isn't supposed to be a success. It turns out "fail" is a beautiful word and when it happens to us, we should pat ourselves on the back for being actively engaged in that difficult task, fondly known as, the learning process. Learn more about Erica's work here: Website: Instagram: All things Fain House: -Preview & Buy your 2020 Wall Calendar: -Signup for our email list: -Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the Day: “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
December 15, 2021
22: Perfectionism and beauty are not the same thing w/ Hannah Burnworth
Why are we compelled to make? For mixed-media collage artist, Hannah Burnworth, it is something so deep inside that it's hard to get in touch with it until she's doing it. She says making art makes her feel good about herself and it "pulls the joy out of the inside" of her. She reminds us that the more and more we make, the more that deep part of ourselves is fed and it becomes bigger and bigger. When our brains are in the way and we have a fear of moving ahead it might be because we don't want it to turn out differently than what's in our mind and don't realize we have permission to fail. Maybe instead we should take Hannah's lead by having more faith in our own problem solving abilities, feel free to cut up and re-work what we don't like until we do, get our work spaces organized and ready for the next project, then make, make and make some more. Learn more about Hannah's work here: Website: Instagram: All things Fain House: -Signup for our email list: -Shop: -Instagram: -Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: "Small steps, day after day, can change your entire reality." ~ Emily Jeffords
November 23, 2021
21: Take the idea that art does heal and fold it into your own making w/ Elizabeth Garlington
Elizabeth Garlington describes herself as a treasure hunter. She goes into her studio, gathers her collected treasures (fabrics, threads, buttons and imagery), gets in the flow and comes out with narrative art quilts meant to hang on the wall while sharing a story of human experience. She believes it's important to "play hard at work and work hard at play" and that if you are stuck, go in your studio anyway and know that often when we focus on process rather than product our work turns out better. She reminds us not to wait for inspiration before we make, to get comfortable with ambiguity and that the arts in general are life enhancing for all. Learn more about Elizabeth's work here: Follow on instagram: Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: "Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." ~ Carl Jung
October 26, 2021
20: Inspiration is all around w/ Karl Engelmann
Karl Engelmann is a producer of food and music (including an annual Christmas album!). He discovered early on that work in kitchens dovetailed nicely with his calling to be a musician. He would sometimes work all day in the restaurant, leave to play a night-time gig, sleep a few hours and then show up again for his work shift. As the years passed, and as adult responsibilities increased, he found himself as a chef in the corporate world with endless work hours, rare family time and too worn out to create his music. Realizing this wasn't sustainable he and his wife decided to open their own restaurant and catering business in honor of work-life balance (they intentionally do not serve dinner) and farm-to-table sensibilities (even the chorizo and curry paste are made from scratch!) with time enough for his recording projects. He reminds us that multiple creative mediums can overflow into each other, lots of motivation can come from loving what you are doing and most importantly that keeping a hold of your creative life is just as important as keeping a hold of the rest of your life. Learn more about Epic Catering & Restaurant in Hayesville, NC here: Open for lunch every day and brunch on Sundays. Follow on instagram: Check out Karl's music here: Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: "Food is music to the body, music is food to the heart." ~ Gregory David Roberts
October 12, 2021
19: Your practicing is hidden in your playing w/ Riley Baugus
Hailing from Walkertown, NC Riley Baugus has had all kinds of amazing experiences because of his banjo, everything from being part of the musical line-up for film Cold Mountain, to touring with Willy Nelson, to meeting his wife in England. When he was a kid, making things meant they had things...all the way down to his first banjo he and his dad made together around age 10. He reminds us that making mistakes can actually be fun and that if you worry too much it can be detrimental to your cause. It makes it harder to learn things if you don't give yourself a little leeway to make some mistakes here and there and we should all know that through that little bit of pain will come great joy. Learn more about Riley and his music here: Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: "To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."  ~ Kurt Vonnegut
September 28, 2021
18: There are many different pathways to get somewhere w/ Annie Silverman
Annie Silverman always knew she was an artist, but it wasn't until her 30s that she had the courage to make the leap. Now, after doing and teaching printmaking, writing and bookarts for years she feels like it is really brave for people to take a class in something they don't know anything about and that if they are provided with good materials and interesting options a beginner can easily have success. She reminds us that there are many different pathways to get somewhere...just keep working and eventually you are going to like something and then that's going to put you on another path.  If you are struggling with time, make your goal the littlest possible thing you can do. And most importantly, you can't share if your cup is empty so you have to keep adding drops to it, no matter how small, even if it feels like it's a hard thing to do. Learn more about Annie's work here: -Follow in instagram: -Websites: & Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: "All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life."  ~ M.C. Richards
September 14, 2021
17. Living the creative life can be as simple as a walk in the garden, singing a song or even whipping up your favorite cornbread recipe w/ Tipper Pressley.
When Tipper Pressley opens a jar of home canned tomatoes and she sees that beautiful red color she says, "It's almost like I can feel the sunshine and remember myself starting the seed, planting it in the garden, then nurturing it and harvesting it with the sun on my arms, processing it...and then there you are eating it on a cold winter day." Maybe the way to a creative life is as simple as loving that certain color of tomato red, being close enough to the land to notice small signs of the changing of the seasons, working with your hands or passing creative ways of seeing things on to our children. As a long time blogger and now creator of content for her Celebrating Appalachia YouTube channel, Tipper is always looking for small things that need to be celebrated and reminds us that just as so many of the old ways fit into our modern lives we should also always be looking for a tiny bit of creativity to brighten our day. Learn more about Tipper's projects here: -Read her blog: -Watch on YouTube: and -Follow in instagram: -Like on Facebook: Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: “Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it.” ~ Dee Hock
August 31, 2021
16. Believe, believe again and when in doubt believe some more w/ Karen Hurtubise
Karen's creative endeavors range from being a farmer of ginger and turmeric and seasoned massage therapist to resident artist for gardening & homesteading, nature studies, soap making and story telling for the John C. Campbell Folk School. Though she's happy to be living her dream, there have been times in her life when her dream started to look like a nightmare. In those moments she tapped into her super power for constant curiosity which, combined with a willingness to stay open to possibility, brought the dream back in shapes and forms she couldn't imagine.  She reminds us that even when we can't see how things are going to work out and start to loose belief there is often another part of us that keeps acting towards the belief that it will. Learn more about Karen and her farm here: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: "Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit." ~ E. E. Cummings
August 04, 2021
15: If you're getting a lot of joy from it, keep doing it w/ Ian Brownlee
Ian Brownlee dreamed of being an animator and once in art school realized that the reality didn't match the dream. His search for his destined art form continued and he now finds himself an oil painter, mural painter, writer and musician living by his motto "Go places and make things." Though at certain points his entire income has come from painting, he now appreciates his day job as a way to take the pressure off his art making and in a way, protect it. He reminds us that time in nature can be the ultimate recharge, that if you are getting joy from what you are doing, keep doing it and that when it comes down to it, whether we go to art school or not, we are all essentially "self taught."   Learn more about Ian and his work here: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drip off like autumn leaves." ~ John Muir
July 21, 2021
14: Feeding your creative soul radiates out into the world w/ Albert Jerez
One day Albert realized that it wasn't people or things outside of him that would heal him. After bouts of depression and a challenging education in what he calls "the school of hard knocks" (a.k.a. life as an adult and young father of two) he had a wakeup call. It was time in nature, time in his ceramics studio and time in quiet contemplation that fed his soul and made it possible for him to radiate all the good he had to offer into the world around him. He encourages us to "live our lives like jazz," to be gentle with ourselves and to be comforted in knowing that there is no such thing as work-life balance.   Follow Albert and his work here: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: "Creativity springs from the yearning to be the fullness of who you are." ~ Ram Dass
July 07, 2021
13. Step up, take a seat at the table and own it w/ Atiyeh Ghanbari
We all know that when there is something our heart wants to do we should just dive in and do it. We also know that this simple idea is often easier said than done. Leadership coach, Atiyeh Ghanbari reminds us that designing your own life is not only possible, but also an ultimate creative act. After gaining a huge love for books from her father, making homes in different countries, tackling a university degree in French (not her native language) followed by years in the corporate world leading teams, large and small, in English (also not her native language) she has applied this approach to her own life realizing that what really lights her up is being a coach. “Each of us has the potential to create and lead the life we want. But too often get stuck feeling like we can’t." As Atiyeh says, it's time to “step up, take a seat at the table and own it.” Learn more about Atiyeh and her work here: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.  ~ Neil Gaiman
June 23, 2021
12. Make your life a work of art w/ Hannah Levin
Potter, singer song writer, yoga instructor, Ayurveda practitioner and personal health coach Hannah Levin's motto is "Make your life a work of art." Though being multi-passionate has meant different things to her at different times, she has remained faithful to the ebb and flow and enjoys the fact that her different mediums of focus are now overlapping in nice ways in her present work. She encourages all of us to find simple ways to honor our health so that there are fewer barriers between us and our creative inspirations. This could be waking before the sun and letting your energy build with the sunrise every morning or making lunch the largest meal of the day. She reminds us that because everything is always in a state of change, even if we feel stuck, we aren't. Maybe instead, we have found ourselves in the "breakdown" before the "breakthrough" which could be an exciting place indeed.  Hannah's Website: Facebook group: Follow on Instagram: Vitality Circle: Evolve: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day: "Start with pleasure. Make a list of all the things that are pleasurable in your life and then make an art form out of one of them. And if you’re courageous, make a list of all the things that are difficult in your life and make an art form out of one of them" ~ Paulus Berensohn, speaking in the film "To Spring from the Hand"
June 08, 2021
11. Not forcing it combined with pure persistence might just be the supportive combo you are seeking w/ Heather Stewart Harvey
Sometimes the answer to overwhelm in art (and in life) is to narrow the infinite number of possibilities down from a great many to a limited few. After a number of enjoyable years as an academic librarian and documentary film maker/teacher Heather Stewart Harvey has found great freedom in this idea as it applies to her main passion of the moment: ceramics. Endless shades of gray, a minimal aesthetic, play with shadow, a focus on form and choosing hand building over wheel throwing because it fits into her start-and-stop work schedule are all part and parcel of a formula that works for her in the midst of the pulls of family life. She continues to fold gardening, home-nesting and playing backup guitar with her fiddler husband into all the rest and though it ain't always easy, it remains worth it. Every day. Check out Heather's ceramic work here: See some of Heather's documentary film work here: Follow Heather here: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day: “The more that each of us tends our own soul, the more the world will prosper.” ~ SARK
June 01, 2021
10. It's really ok to be all about what makes you happy w/ Melissa Weaver Dunning
What if we want to knit a pair of socks with skulls on them? What if we want to learn the old songs of the Gaelic lands or grab a concertina? Well. If that's what calls you, then you should just get to it. Melissa Weaver Dunning understands this feeling and has plenty of experiences spinning, knitting, natural dyeing and hand weaving that overlap with great stories, traditional music and a desire to choose a life for it's rich variety over the money that may or may not flow in. Melissa reminds us that sometimes these choices mean more time with our children, our spouses...and with our quiet thoughts. On top of that, sometimes loving and pursuing multiple endeavors balances out our introverted selves with our extroverted selves. Added Bonus: Melissa sings a song at the end of this episode! Hear/See Melissa's 280 song a day project here: - Follow her Facebook here: Instagram here: Blog with teaching calendar: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day:  “Creativity is nothing but a mind set free.”  ~ Torrie T. Asai
May 25, 2021
9. Put down the Facebook and pick up the banjo w/ Jim Pankey
Multi-instrumentalist, performer, teacher and award winning yo-yoer Jim Pankey decided one day to quit his day job as a banker and pursue a career as a professional musician. He now mixes "old-timey" traditional tunes and teaching on banjo, ukulele and mandolin with "new-timey" technologies such as YouTube to put his work out into the world. He encourages students to always keep their instrument out and to practice their banjo a little bit every day that they brush their teeth. Added Bonus: Jim plays a tune for us at the end of the episode! See Jim's lessons & free resources here: Follow him here: Website here: See when Jim is teaching next at the John C. Campbell Folk School here: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day:  “Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen
May 18, 2021
8. Having great teachers paired with practicing motor skills make for a great start in your creative journey no matter the medium w/ Lauren deSerres
Lauren deSerres went from explorations with clay, sculpture, wood carving and toy making to becoming a mixed media painter, art teacher and raiser of chickens. She experienced an improved emotional quality of life when she decided to become a self-employed, full-time artist. Though some days are full of accounting rather than painting, it remains her happy place...especially if she sticks to her morning ritual of starting each day with yoga. She shares that art making isn't all magic and inspiration, it is also practicing seeing well and noticing combined with lots of motor skills practice and getting your eyes, hands and brain to talk to each other. She encourages everyone, no matter your work/life situation, to always fold creative bits into your days so that you are a happier person and in turn, that much more fun to be around.  Learn more about Lauren's work here: Follow Lauren on instagram here:@lauren_deserres Find her on Facebook here: @laurendeserresfineart Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day: Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colours flowers, so does art colour life. ~ John Lubbock
May 10, 2021
7. If you're always filling your pockets with inspiration, there will surely be a new idea there for you when you need it w/ Melissa Engler & Graeme Priddle.
Melissa and Graeme are partners in life and partners in work. They share a love for nature, tiny house building and learning old-time banjo and are known internationally for their collaborative sculptural wood art. Though a life of constant collaboration isn't always easy and juggling the emotions that come with Graeme having left New Zeland to make his home with Melissa in the U.S. can be very challenging, they have a great respect for each other's aesthetics, level of technique and care for the protection of our planet. Life and art are always a work in progress and that gives each and every one of us permission for the first attempt to not be so great, to keep going and have faith that by the third time around (and the next and the next) we are getting better and better. Check out Melissa & Graeme's work here: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote of the day: "I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of imagination.” John Keats
May 04, 2021
6. Life should not be so incredibly hard when you've got friends and community that you can share it with w/ Nanette Davidson
Music, art and dance have pulled Nanette through both the good times and the bad. Everything from her background in weaving, cooking & Morris dancing to intergeneration friendships to super tasty shortcuts for family dinner making to parades with large puppets have helped her deal with life's ups and downs. She agrees that creative expression is good for all of us and therefore good for those around us and therefore good for the entire planet...on so many levels.  Check out the John C. Campbell Folk School Cookbook by Nanette: See what classes Nanette is teaching soon at the Folk School: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day: You can’t use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have.  ~ Maya Angelou
April 27, 2021
5. No one can change what you have in your mind or in your heart...creativity included w/ Misty Kelischeck
Head of a cosmetology department, mother and mixed media painter Misty Kelischeck admits that creative thoughts pass through her mind all day long. Though those thoughts may not make it onto paper or canvas, no one/nothing can change what we have in our mind or in our hearts, not even the constant flow of daily responsibilities. She reminds us that there is always a place for color studies, thinking like a designer, collecting inspiration where you can find it and even sometimes being a little obstinate in defense of your own creative life.  Check out Misty's website: Follow her on instagram: Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day: The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but rather their inward significance. ~ Aristotle
April 20, 2021
4. Art is one of the great reasons to be alive w/ Georgia Smith
Reader and writer, bookmaker and encaustic painter Georgia Smith is now also training to be a therapist. She thinks often about the place of creativity in our lives and reflects here on how it is a different process for each of us often involving both internal and external struggles. Some are healed through the making of art/music/dance/etc. Others have to face the struggles that keep them from actively making and that it is in fact art that is worth healing for. See some of Georiga's writing here: - - Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day: "Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled -- to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world. I want to believe I am looking into the white fire of a great mystery. I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing -- that the light is everything..." May Oliver, The Ponds
April 14, 2021
3. Pursuing your creative endeavors is a way to get your internal needs met w/ Tom Liden
Commercial and fine art photographer, painter, traveler and mentor Tom Liden shares stories of everything from homesteading and being a solopreneur to how long commutes make for good thinking time and supportive parents can have a huge impact on your creative journey, even if they don't exactly understand it. Learn more about Tom's work here: Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: ~ Your quote for the day: "No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.” ~ Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way
April 02, 2021
2: Doing art can be a way of coming home w/ Greta Dietrich
Multi-media artist, metalsmith, designer, owner of Woodwise Botanicals and mother of two reminds us that sometimes it's more important to choose the creative project over the dirty dishes. Even when her 3 year old took a hammer to one of her gallery pieces and when making a business of art with children around means constant interruptions she holds true to her own advice, "Keep dreaming. Don't stop." Learn more about Greta here: Visit her etsy shop: Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day: "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions."  ~ Albert Einstein
April 01, 2021
1: How being "hell-bent" is an important part of your creative path w/ Aubrey Atwater
Multi-instrumentalist, singer, dancer and poet Aubrey Atwater shares stories about how being "hell-bent" has been a key ingredient in staying true to her creative path despite the many life challenges that have come along the way. (She also sings us one of her original songs!) Learn more about Auburey here: See Aubrey dance & play banjo at the same time: Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: "There are an infinite number of rewards you could bestow on yourself for working at your creative projects, and you deserve every one of them." ~ Eric Maisel
April 01, 2021
Fain House Radio Trailer
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March 08, 2021