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Hummingbird

Hummingbird

By Aprille Janes & Jessica Outram
We celebrate the joy (and sometimes messiness) of living with creative abundance. We share practical strategies and reflections on expanding creativity. Aprille is an artist and Jessica is a writer. Like the hummingbird, we fly from ideas to projects to people to find ways to better understand how to engage in our arts with more passion, skill, and fun. How do you nurture a creative life?

We invite you to not only 'eavesdrop' on our conversations but to share your questions and comments with us on our website and social media.
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Episode 011 - What inspires your creativity?

Hummingbird

Episode 011 - What inspires your creativity?

Hummingbird

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Episode 016 - How can we use metaphor to better understand our creative practice?
In this episode we look at creativity and process through the lens of metaphor. Using quotations, we explore how metaphor can enrich our creative process and projects looking at some big questions. How can metaphors inspire how we create? How can artists and writers use metaphor to make something new? Metaphor can help us to go deeper and understand our own creative process in simple but powerful ways. You'll even hear a few "aha's" that Aprille and Jessica experience as they discuss this topic.  Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
48:22
June 13, 2021
Episode 015 - How can we use the power of story?
How can we use story and story structure in our arts? In this episode we explore this big question by looking at through the lens of Pixar's 'rules' for great storytelling. We realize that story connects to all aspects of our creativity during the process and in the product. Aprille shares how she uses story to inspire her artwork and Jessica shares how she uses story to prepare a song for performance. Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
43:39
June 6, 2021
Episode 014 - Your Creative Business: How do you build an audience for your work?
We create by making connections and to connect to other people. If we change the business word "marketing" to "connection" it becomes less overwhelming. In this episode we talk about what it means to connect to your audience and how it fits into a creative practice.  Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
44:48
May 30, 2021
Episode 013 - Our Creative Genealogy
What can we learn from those who inspire us? Then what happens when we take it a step further by looking at who inspired them? Climb your creative family tree and see who's hanging out in the branches. You might be surprised. In this episode, we explore this idea from Austin Kleon's book 'Steal Like an Artist.' We talk about who inspires us and then who inspired them. This is an invitation for you to look at your own creative genealogy.  Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
35:56
May 23, 2021
Episode 012 - Steal Like an Artist
We had so much fun talking about the ideas in Austin Kleon's book 'Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative.' From our first impressions to a detailed discussion of each big idea, we 'steal' what we can to refine our creative processes.  Warning: Don't read this book unless you're prepared to be inspired. Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
40:51
May 16, 2021
Episode 011 - What inspires your creativity?
What people, places, arts, and things inspire you? What is the magic that happens when we let it get personal? What are some examples of our work and what inspired it? Join us as we reflect on inspiration, the source of ideas, and creative process. Aprille reflects on a fabric piece she is working on that started as a test piece. Jessica reflects on writing and staging a play inspired by the women in her family.  Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
33:40
May 9, 2021
Episode 010 - Your Creative Business - Where to Start
In this episode we begin a regular feature of chatting about creativity and business. Do you want to turn your passion for arts into full-time work? Have you wondered about were to start in creating a business or selling your work? We explore some practical first steps and next steps. From generating new ideas to building a plan, we explore ways to expand your dreams then bring them to life. Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
45:25
May 2, 2021
Episode 009 - What are some ways to build creative confidence?
In this episode we respond to David Kelly's TED Talk "How to Build Your Creative Confidence." We explore his big ideas including: fear of judgement, guided mastery, empathy, and then the importance of regaining lost creative confidence. Creativity and innovation touch every area of our lives. From reflecting on innovation in medicine and education to our own personal creative journeys, we explore ways that we can build on small success to reach our creative goals. Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
37:40
April 25, 2021
Episode 008 - Lessons from Corita Kent (Part Two)
We continue the conversation about the influence of Corita Kent on students and teachers of creativity. What can we learn about sources and ways to play in the arts? How does "Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit” by Corita Kent and Jan Steward inspire us? We explore a chapter at a time, unpacking some of the big ideas and how we can use them to free our creative spirits. Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
38:45
April 18, 2021
Episode 007 - Lessons from Corita Kent (Part One)
This episode is our first Creativity Profile with a focus on Corita Kent. We discuss the 10 Rules for the Immaculate Heart College Art Department through the lenses of a student of creativity and a teacher of creativity. We explore the big ideas of trust, play, and learning, looking at each rule one at a time. This is the first of two episodes that focus on what we have learned from "Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit" by Corita Kent and Jan Steward. Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
45:32
April 11, 2021
Episode 006 - How can fear impact our creativity?
Creativity and Fear In this episode, we begin the conversation about creativity and fear. Why does creativity make us fearful sometimes? How can fear help our creative work? What are some strategies for overcoming our fears to be able to create? From looking at the use of the word 'creativity' through time to discussing ideas from Elizabeth Gilbert's book "Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear" we help each other navigate the shadow side of our relationship with creativity. Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
36:42
April 4, 2021
Episode 005 - How does nature inspire creativity?
Nature provides an abundance of sources for creative connections and expression. How does nature inspire you? In this episode we explore ways we learn from nature and create inspired by places we love. We talk about some creatives that have used nature in their work, from Antoni Gaudi in Spain to R. Murray Schafer in Canada, we share some people we admire that use nature in interesting ways. Finally, we talk about some ways you can begin to connect nature to your creative work today. Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
41:27
March 28, 2021
Episode 004 - What are some ways for staying creative?
Where do you create? What are the conditions for creativity? In this episode we discuss every day places and routines to nurture creativity. We wanted to explore ways to sustain creativity over time. From reflecting on how to prioritize our creative work to discussing ways to transition between life and creativity, we share some practical tips that work for us. How do you use the arts to practice and engage in a creative process?  Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
47:00
March 21, 2021
Episode 003- How are joy and creativity connected?
This week we explore the idea of joy and its link to creativity. What makes your face light up? Join us as we discuss everything from the way creative activities can spark joy to what we can learn from the hummingbird about joy. For this conversation, we even invited some friends to share their ideas about what brings them joy. What does joy mean to you? Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
32:41
March 13, 2021
Episode 002 - How do we know everyone is creative?
Everyone is creative but we all express that creativity differently. Are some people more creative than others? In this episode, we explore some research on creativity and share some examples of how people we know show their creativity.  Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
38:43
March 6, 2021
Episode 001 - What is creativity?
How do you define creativity? Is it only for the 'artsy' types or are there other aspects that should be considered? How is courage related to being creative?  We have some ideas we want to share with you so listen in on our conversation.  Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
33:53
March 3, 2021
Episode 000 - What is Hummingbird about?
Jessica Outram and Aprille Janes introduce Hummingbird, Conversations about Creativity.  In this episode, we talk about who we are and why we started this podcast. The hummingbird is a symbol of creativity and joy. The last year hasn't been easy and we want to go on a journey through conversation to explore our questions about creative living. Our wish is that you join us each week and even take part in the conversation by leaving us comments on an episode's topic and questions you'd like us to explore in a future episode.  Visit https://thehummingbirdpodcast.com/ for show notes.
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February 28, 2021
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February 27, 2021