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creative unearthing with emma freeman

By Emma Freeman

A contemplative podcast about art making as a deep healing and meditative process. Hosted by Emma Freeman, intuitive artist, poet, teacher. She works with fibers, textiles, slow stitching, nature, weaving &poetry. She uses art making as a meditation & healing spiritual practice. She teaches workshops, classes, hosts healing circles and more online at www.creativeunearthing.com. Emma is a Buddhist, queer, sober and a highly sensitive person. This podcast used to be called Reflections from my Art Table.
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Ep. 34: Holding Space with Alana Garrigues

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Ep 35: Painted Words: Poetry, Art & Parkinson's / An Interview with Chantal Wolf
Ep 35: Painted Words: Poetry, Art & Parkinson's / An Interview with Chantal Wolf
In this episode of The Creative Unearthing Podcast, I talk with the amazing Chantal Wolf, a Canadian poet, painter and author of the new book called "Painted Words: Poetry, Art & Parkinson's. We talk about her creative journey and her healing journey, being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and how that shifted her art journey, how poetry arrived in her life and how it has been healing for her and she reads some of her beautiful poems.  You can buy a copy of the book here: https://books.friesenpress.com/store/title/119734000256078679 Her website is www.chantalwolf.com She is in Instagram at www.instagram.com/chantalwolf.art. ----- Emma Freeman is an intuitive artist, poet and teacher who makes art as healing practice to process emotions and thoughts and connect to her soul and the amazing natural world that we are all rooted in. She is a Wisconsin-based artist who is Buddhist, sober, queer and a highly sensitive person. She makes fabric meditation books, contemplation cloths she stitches by hand over many months, buried earth books, fiber sculptures, weavings with nature, poetry and more.  You can see her work and all of her classes at www.creativeunearthing.com.  Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemanart. 
01:07:39
November 20, 2022
Ep. 34: Holding Space with Alana Garrigues
Ep. 34: Holding Space with Alana Garrigues
Alana Garrigues is an artist, poet and community leader and space holder. She runs within, a beautiful, deep online community for artists and makers that Daphne Cohn began. In this conversation, we explore what holding space means to each of us, what goes into it, and the magic that can emerge from being held by our art and by being held in spaces with other creatives.  You can learn about the within community and how to join here: www.withincommunity.com You can see Alana's artwork and writing on her website: www.alanagarrigues.com Find her on Instagram : www.instagram.com/alanaofloveandlight --------- Emma Freeman is an intuitive artist, poet and teacher who makes art as healing practice to process emotions and thoughts and connect to her soul and the amazing natural world that we are all rooted in. She is a Wisconsin-based artist who is Buddhist, sober, queer and a highly sensitive person. She makes fabric meditation books, contemplation cloths she stitches by hand over many months, buried earth books, fiber sculptures, weavings with nature, poetry and more. You can see her work and all of her classes at www.creativeunearthing.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemanart.
01:10:30
October 17, 2022
Ep. 33: Holding space with Zak Foster, improv quilter & community creator
Ep. 33: Holding space with Zak Foster, improv quilter & community creator
In this episode, I talk with the amazing artist, Zak Foster who is an improv quilter, textile artist, community builder and deep, wonderfully insightful and wise human. We go on a journey together to explore what holding space means to each of us in this moment as artists and creative community leaders.  You can find Zak's online community, The Quilty Nook here: www.zakfoster.com/quiltynook Zak's website with his incredible burial quilts, memory quilts and other work can be seen here: www.zakfoster.com. And find Zak on Instagram here: www.instagram.com/zakfoster.quilts/ ---- Emma Freeman is an intuitive artist, poet and teacher who makes art as healing practice to process emotions and thoughts and connect to her soul and the amazing natural world that we are all rooted in. She is a Wisconsin-based artist who is Buddhist, sober, queer and a highly sensitive person. She makes fabric meditation books, contemplation cloths she stitches by hand over many months, buried earth books, fiber sculptures, weavings with nature, poetry and more. You can see her work and all of her classes at www.creativeunearthing.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemanart.
52:09
October 13, 2022
Ep 32: The Light Keeper, a poem by Emma Freeman
Ep 32: The Light Keeper, a poem by Emma Freeman
I share a poem I wrote called, "The Light Keeper" in the hope that it will be healing or inspiring to someone out there.  Poetry has become medicine to me, both writing it and reading it. I hope to share some of that medicine with more people.  You can read the poem here: www.creativeunearthing.com/light-keeper.  Emma Freeman is an intuitive artist, poet and teacher who makes art as healing practice to process emotions and thoughts and connect to her soul and the amazing natural world that we are all rooted in. She is a Wisconsin-based artist who is Buddhist, sober, queer and a highly sensitive person. She makes fabric meditation books, contemplation cloths she stitches by hand over many months, buried earth books, fiber sculptures, weavings with nature, poetry and more. You can see her work and all of her classes at www.creativeunearthing.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemanart.
09:15
July 24, 2022
ep 31: wabi sabi art making: a deep, peaceful, present way to create art rooted in nature
ep 31: wabi sabi art making: a deep, peaceful, present way to create art rooted in nature
In this episode, I share my love of the Japanese wabi sabi aesthetic philosophy, what it is, the history of it within Japanese Zen Buddhism, what some of the beautiful aspects or qualities of it are and how I explore them within my art making. I hope it inspires you to invite more simplicity, spaciousness, silence, stillness, spontaneity, presence, wonder and beauty into your creativity and art making.  This is about creating art as a meditation practice and as a spiritual practice, which to me just means turning inward, getting quiet and going deep to find a soul connection within the natural world that we can collaborate with to create art that is personal, healing, interconnecting and beautiful.  I have a new on-demand art class available called Wabi Sabi Book Making where we explore mixed media book making techniques with paper and textiles, slow, intuitive hand stitching, printmaking and mark making with found nature, dripping beeswax, burying books, poetry, scent and more. You can learn more and sign up for instant access at www.creativeunearthing.com/classes.  Emma Freeman is an intuitive artist, poet and teacher who makes art as healing practice to process emotions and thoughts and connect to her soul and the amazing natural world that we are all rooted in. She is a Buddhist, sober, queer and a highly sensitive person. She makes fabric meditation books, contemplation cloths she stitches by hand over many months, buried earth books, fiber sculptures, weavings with nature, poetry and more. You can see her work and all of her classes at www.creativeunearthing.com. She lives in Wisconsin.  
32:50
June 22, 2022
ep 30: a new name for the podcast & what's coming up
ep 30: a new name for the podcast & what's coming up
I renamed my podcast, "Creative Unearthing" from "Reflections from my Art Table" and in this episode I share why I made the change and what I'm dreaming up for the podcast right now. Emma Freeman is an intuitive artist, poet and teacher who makes art as healing practice to process emotions and thoughts and connect to her soul and the amazing natural world that we are all rooted in. She is a Wisconsin-based artist who is Buddhist, sober, queer and a highly sensitive person. She makes fabric meditation books, contemplation cloths she stitches by hand over many months, buried earth books, fiber sculptures, weavings with nature, poetry and more. You can see her work and all of her classes at www.creativeunearthing.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemanart.
07:28
April 18, 2022
Ep 29: By the Light of a Poem: A Winter Solstice Celebration
Ep 29: By the Light of a Poem: A Winter Solstice Celebration
In this episode, I read a few poems I have gathered about darkness and light, offer prompts and reflect on what the solstice has meant to me this year. I started a new collaborative art project called The Buried Earth Book Project that is free for anyone in the world to join, which you can learn more about on my website: www.emmafreemanart.com.  Happy Solstice to you! ----- Emma Freeman is an intuitive artist, poet and teacher who makes art as healing practice to process emotions and thoughts and connect to her soul and the amazing natural world that we are all rooted in. She is a Wisconsin-based artist who is Buddhist, sober, queer and a highly sensitive person. She makes fabric meditation books, contemplation cloths she stitches by hand over many months, buried earth books, fiber sculptures, weavings with nature, poetry and more. You can see her work and all of her classes at www.creativeunearthing.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemanart.
21:15
December 22, 2021
Ep 28: Writing Poetry as a Deeply Personal Healing Practice
Ep 28: Writing Poetry as a Deeply Personal Healing Practice
In this episode, I talk about my the spiritual and deeply healing process of writing poetry over the last year, what I am learning from it, and share some of my deeply personal poems with prompts so you can write with them if you want to.  Writing poetry has become a deep listening practice in silence and slowness and not knowing. It is mysterious and fascinating to me, how the words collect and assemble themselves into something that speaks so profoundly to what I have experienced in a way that I cannot touch in normal conversation. It is truly a magical and mystical process.  I mention an amazing book by Kim Rosen called, "Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words."  I love this quote by Pablo Neruda from his poem, "Poetry" that reads, “Poetry arrived in search of me." You can learn more about my upcoming art and writing workshops on my website: www.emmafreemanart.com.  ------- Emma Freeman is an intuitive mixed media artist, poet and teacher who makes art as healing practice to process emotions and thoughts and connect to her soul and the amazing natural world that we are all rooted in. She is a Wisconsin-based artist who is Buddhist, sober, queer and a highly sensitive person. She makes fabric meditation books, contemplation cloths she stitches by hand over many months, buried earth books, fiber sculptures, weavings with nature, poetry and more. You can see her work and all of her classes at www.creativeunearthing.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemanart.
33:02
November 24, 2021
Ep. 27: Writing Prompts Are Doorways into Our Imaginations
Ep. 27: Writing Prompts Are Doorways into Our Imaginations
Ep. 27: Writing Prompts Are Doorways into Our Imaginations In this episode I talk about my new writing practice that has become a writing as meditation practice and is incredible healing and powerful for me. I share some reflections on my relationship to writing throughout my life and how it has been opening and expanding lately.  I also talk about the gift of prompts to open the doorway to our imaginations and how I have been living that through different workshops I have been part of and that I have lead.  Then, I read a poem by Mary Oliver called, "It Was Early" from her book called, Devotions, then offer prompts for you to write with if you want to. I share what emerged for me when I wrote with one of the prompts.  ---- Emma Freeman is an intuitive mixed media artist, poet and teacher who makes art as healing practice to process emotions and thoughts and connect to her soul and the amazing natural world that we are all rooted in. She is a Wisconsin-based artist who is Buddhist, sober, queer and a highly sensitive person. She makes fabric meditation books, contemplation cloths she stitches by hand over many months, buried earth books, fiber sculptures, weavings with nature, poetry and more. You can see her work and all of her classes at www.creativeunearthing.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemanart.
26:54
August 29, 2021
Ep 26: Diving into the Depths: cultivating and exploring a contemplative approach to art making and life
Ep 26: Diving into the Depths: cultivating and exploring a contemplative approach to art making and life
In this episode, I open up about my relationship to contemplation within my art practice and my life and how it has helped me and continues to help me heal deeply and find a rich, more meaningful relationship to myself, to my art making, to other humans and creatures and to nature.  I read a poem by Mary Oliver called, "Today" and a poem by John O'Donohue called "For the Unknown Self."  I share how through contemplation I created a self-guided visual meditation to help heal a childhood experience when I thought I wasn't an artist because I thought I couldn't draw.  Contemplation has become an essential part of my art practice and my life. It has helped and continues to help me heal my deepest wounds, travel back in time throughout my life and find younger versions of me that were/are still hurting that were asking for my help and attention. It was through the practice of contemplation that I was able to change my relationship to alcohol, to being defensive and guarded, to people pleasing, to anger and other difficult emotions, to my role and choices in various relationships and the list goes on. I learned to take a long loving look at myself and all of the parts of me, parts that I used to label as bad or good, right or wrong. That practice has been transformative and has rippled out into all aspects of my life. I share poet, Naomi Shehah Nye's interview on On Being when she mentions a definition of contemplation that spoke to her which is, "a long, loving look."  I’ve also read that it means to look at something with continued attention, to observe thoughtfully, to consider something thoroughly-to think fully and deeply about something. All of those resonate with me.  While I am creating something-whether that is a fabric meditation book, a small weaving, a poem or a piece with nature, I move slowly-very slowly and along the way as the piece emerges, I stop and look at it and allow my wonder to unfold within it, softly. I ask quiet questions but not in the hyper critical/polarized way of is this right or wrong but rather, what are these materials saying? What has emerged after my initial idea that got me started with this particular dance within the creative process? Do the materials want me to take a different step than my mind wants me to? How might I respond to that new information? This all happens internally, intuitively, gently. I have discovered this way of being in my art practice through just that-practice. Practice and stillness, stillness and solitude, solitude and spaciousness. I am in awe of the experiences I have at my art table and the new realms that invite me into them to explore and wander around inside of each piece, inside of materials, inside of my own body as I just sit and listen.  Contemplation can be such a beautiful gift and as I have settled into a contemplative art and spiritual practice, I have felt deeply fulfilled and nourished by it.  It allows me to have a deeper relationship with myself, with art that I create, with other humans and creatures, and with this planet. It invites me to look more closely at my life in so many different ways and continues to help me find my way forward in a way that feels deeper, more true, more aligned rather than moving quickly and doing a lot of different things at once without that depth which is how I lived for a long time. To share your experiences with contemplation, you can email me through my website, www.emmafreemandesigns.com or send me a message on Instagram. 
36:07
June 08, 2021
Ep. 25: Choosing clarity: quitting alcohol and how it is impacting my art practice
Ep. 25: Choosing clarity: quitting alcohol and how it is impacting my art practice
This week I open up about my decision to become sober after 20 years of drinking alcohol. I share my vulnerable story about it, how it impacted me over those many years, why I would use it, why I decided to stop, all of the intense inner resistance I met when I started to look at my relationship to it and what gifts have been coming through the clarity within my art practice and my life.  Recovery Dharma is a sobriety group that focuses on Buddhist teachings. https://recoverydharma.org/. They offer virtual and in-person meeting all around the United States.  The Creative Sober podcast is a great resource to listen to artists stories with sobriety.   ---- Emma Freeman is an intuitive mixed media artist, poet and teacher who makes art as healing practice to process emotions and thoughts and connect to her soul and the amazing natural world that we are all rooted in. She is a Wisconsin-based artist who is Buddhist, sober, queer and a highly sensitive person. She makes fabric meditation books, contemplation cloths she stitches by hand over many months, buried earth books, fiber sculptures, weavings with nature, poetry and more. You can see her work and all of her classes at www.creativeunearthing.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemanart.
29:04
May 24, 2021
Ep 24: Interview with Spiritual Fiber Artist, Cheryl R. Janis
Ep 24: Interview with Spiritual Fiber Artist, Cheryl R. Janis
In this episode, I talk with the incredible fiber artist, Cheryl Janis based in Taos, New Mexico. Cheryl is a deep spiritual being and an empath and she shares her experience going through a dark night of the soul period, how her spirituality connects to her fiber practice, her love for animals and how she makes conscious choices in her art practice to support companies that create ethical fibers like Love Fest Fibers and Yarn Yarn, we talk about the energy around money as an artist and doing energy work to heal subconscious patterns to transform those limiting beliefs and more. We had this conversation back in February when Cheryl was on the cusp of transitioning from creating weavings to felting. It was wonderful to talk about that new creative work emerging and to see now a few months later, how that felting work is evolving. You can follow her on Instagram or go to her website to see her amazing fiber art and support her.  Cheryl's website: https://cherylrjanis.com/.  Cheryl's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cherylrjanis/.  ------ Emma Freeman is an intuitive mixed media artist, poet and teacher who makes art as healing practice to process emotions and thoughts and connect to her soul and the amazing natural world that we are all rooted in. She is a Wisconsin-based artist who is Buddhist, sober, queer and a highly sensitive person. She makes fabric meditation books, contemplation cloths she stitches by hand over many months, buried earth books, fiber sculptures, weavings with nature, poetry and more. You can see her work and all of her classes at www.creativeunearthing.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemanart.
56:12
May 11, 2021
Ep. 23: Being a highly sensitive person and how it impacts my art practice & life
Ep. 23: Being a highly sensitive person and how it impacts my art practice & life
In this episode, I share how I discovered I am a highly sensitive person, what that means, how it has shown up in my life and my art practice.  I talk about Dr. Elaine Aron's book, The Highly Sensitive Person which changed my life.  I also mention a class I took with Myree Morsi, a spiritual healer and trauma therapist who taught a class on being a highly sensitive person.  ----- Emma Freeman is an intuitive mixed media artist, poet and teacher who makes art as healing practice to process emotions and thoughts and connect to her soul and the amazing natural world that we are all rooted in. She is a Wisconsin-based artist who is Buddhist, sober, queer and a highly sensitive person. She makes fabric meditation books, contemplation cloths she stitches by hand over many months, buried earth books, fiber sculptures, weavings with nature, poetry and more. You can see her work and all of her classes at www.creativeunearthing.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemanart.
42:28
April 26, 2021
Ep 22: My spiritual awakening healing journey and how it has impacted my art practice
Ep 22: My spiritual awakening healing journey and how it has impacted my art practice
In this episode, I open up about my spiritual awakening, healing journey, dark night of the soul experiences that happened over 5 years. I share how those deep experiences shifted my art practice in profound ways. I talk about discovering all kinds of uncomfortable things during this process including attachment styles (I was avoidant to a T), emotional regulation, distress tolerance, highly sensitive people, anger and different emotions and my relationship to them, codependency, conditioning from family structures, society, culture, and media and the impact that conditioning has on our entire being, coping mechanisms, limiting beliefs, nervous system activation, inner child, reparenting, self-soothing, alcohol as a coping mechanism, the unconscious mind, shadow work, abstract and concrete thinking, childhood emotional neglect, enmeshment, emotional addiction, physic realms/abilities, empathy, past lives/akashic records reading, spirit guides, states of change, the ego, disassociation, OCD, fear, trauma, people pleasing, social anxiety, epigenetics, mysticism, spirituality vs. religion, visual guided meditation...so many things! I discovered intimately how art can be a deep healing tool and healing experience.  Resources: -Dr. Nicole LaPera, The Holistic Psychologist on Instagram and her website -Myree Morsi, trauma therapist and spiritual teacher -The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron -The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner -The Dark Side of Light Chasers by Debbie Ford -Therapy Chat podcast -Information about attachment theory ------ Emma Freeman is an intuitive mixed media artist, poet and teacher who makes art as healing practice to process emotions and thoughts and connect to her soul and the amazing natural world that we are all rooted in. She is a Wisconsin-based artist who is Buddhist, sober, queer and a highly sensitive person. She makes fabric meditation books, contemplation cloths she stitches by hand over many months, buried earth books, fiber sculptures, weavings with nature, poetry and more. You can see her work and all of her classes at www.creativeunearthing.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemanart.
44:06
February 28, 2021
Ep 21: Tactile Experiments: My Love for Textile and Fiber Art
Ep 21: Tactile Experiments: My Love for Textile and Fiber Art
In this episode of Reflections from my Art Table, I talk about my love of textiles and fibers and all of the different ways I have explored them within my life and my art practice. I share my favorite materials and books on textiles and fibers that I love.  Patreon page to support this podcast: https://www.patreon.com/emmafreeman.  Etsy Shops I buy supplies from: -I get many of my Japanese sashiko and Kogin embroidery threads here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kimonomomo -I get beautiful handmade papers from around the world from this shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/tornedgepaper -Hand dyed recycled rope and other interesting fibers: https://www.etsy.com/shop/UnfetteredCo Textile and Fiber Books I talk about: -Rug Money:How a Group of Maya Women Changed Their Lives through Art and Innovation by Mary Anne Wise and Cheryl Conway-Daly -Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives by Susan Schaefer Davis -The Hand Stitched Surface by Lynn Krawczyk -Layered Cloth: The Art of Fabric Manipulation by Ann Small -Three Dimensional Embroidery by Janet Edmonds -Poetic Cloth by Hannah Lamb -Embroidering within Boundaries: Afghan Women Creating a Future by Rangina Hamidi and Mart Littrell -A Textile Travelers Guide to Peru and Bolivia by Cynthia LeCount Samake -Sheila Hicks / Lifelines -The Intentional Thread: A Guide to Drawing, Gesture, and Color in Stitch by Susan Brandeis -Joomchi & Beyond by Jiyoung Chung -Natural Processes in Textile Art by Alice Fox -Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art by Claire Wellesley Smith -Bojagi and Beyond II by Chunghie Lee -Threads Around the World From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe -Kigami and Kami-ito: Japanese Handmade Paper and Paper Thread by Hiroko Karuno -Stamp, Stencil, Paint by Anna Joyce -Hand Dyed by Anna Joyce -Lotta Prints: How to Print with Anything from potatoes to linoleum by Lotta Jansdotter -Mending Matters by Katrina Rodabaugh -Every Thread a Story: Traditional Chinese Artisans of Guizhou Province by Karen Elting Brock, Linda Ligon and Wang Jun -The Secret Language of Miao Embroidery by Zeng Li -Anni Albers On Weaving ----- Emma Freeman is an intuitive mixed media artist, poet and teacher who makes art as healing practice to process emotions and thoughts and connect to her soul and the amazing natural world that we are all rooted in. She is a Wisconsin-based artist who is Buddhist, sober, queer and a highly sensitive person. She makes fabric meditation books, contemplation cloths she stitches by hand over many months, buried earth books, fiber sculptures, weavings with nature, poetry and more. You can see her work and all of her classes at www.creativeunearthing.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemanart.
33:20
February 14, 2021
Ep 20: Interview with Lauren Oland of Mezame Designs, sustainable textile artist & weaver
Ep 20: Interview with Lauren Oland of Mezame Designs, sustainable textile artist & weaver
Lauren Oland of Mezame Designs is a sustainable textile artist and zero waste weaver based in Austin, Texas.  Lauren is passionate about sustainability and runs a zero waste studio where she uses only remnant fibers and fibers made or grown by small farms and artists. She creates wearable, functional weavings including bandana cowls, jean jackets with her weaving put into the back, shawls, tops, coasters, patches and mending kits.  In this interview, we talk about: -Her background studying apparel design and being a freelance teaching artist -How she discovered weaving and developed her style that was influenced by learning the Japanese style of free form weaving called Saori -How she approaches color in her work -How her weaving connects to her deep musical background that runs in her family. She played piano for 12 years and find that weaving is like playing the piano.  -The ways weaving and creating help her heal and process emotions and connect to a deeper place within herself and to the world -How the pandemic and a move from the Twin Cities of Minnesota to Austin, Texas have impacted her art practice and business.  -She shares that she is part of the LGBTQ community and how being raised in a strict religious home and not being fully accepted for who she was within the religion made her seek out more open spiritual expressions in her life and her art.  Lauren is passionate about sustainability and runs a zero waste studio where she uses only remnant fibers and fibers made or grown by small farms and artists. She creates wearable, functional weavings including bandana cowls, jean jackets with her weaving put into the back, shawls, tops, coasters, patches and mending kits.  You can find Lauren on Instagram at www.instagram.com/mezamedesigns. Her Etsy shop is www.etsy.com/shop/mezamedesigns. 
57:20
February 05, 2021
Ep 19: Telling color stories: my obsession with color & how I use it in my art practice
Ep 19: Telling color stories: my obsession with color & how I use it in my art practice
In this week's episode, I talk about my obsession with color and how I love to tell color stories in my art. I share my strong feelings and opinions about colors that goes back to my childhood as a sassy little kid. I share the techniques I use currently in my art practice, how I play with colors across different mediums and what I do to continue to expand my color horizons. I love to tell color stories in my art and thinking about them as stories makes it really playful and fun. I don't like using color theory or color wheels because they feel too intellectual and not intuitive enough for me, however I understand why they can be helpful as doorways into exploring color.  I share how I use color in my mixed media collages, fabric meditation books and drawings and how play and experimentation are essential for me to move forward with my work in general and with my color language.  You can examples of my colorful artwork at www.emmafreemandesigns.com.  I mention that I started a Patreon page to support this creative project of mine. If you'd like to support this podcast project, you can visit my Patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/emmafreeman?fan_landing=true.  You can see my Pinterest boards where I collect examples of colors to feed and nourish myself: https://www.pinterest.com/emmafreeman/color-stories/. Emma Freeman is a queer mixed media artist and teaching artist based in Wisconsin. She works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, collage, slow stitching, book making, printmaking, mark making and cyanotype. She teaches art classes online that are playful and experimental. Her practice is meditative, tactile and contemplative. 
27:06
January 24, 2021
Ep 18: Finding solace in slow stitching
Ep 18: Finding solace in slow stitching
In this episode, I share how I discovered slow stitching, how I create my fabric meditation books full of stitches out of repurposed fabrics and textiles including dish towels, sweaters, shirts, shower curtains, napkins and curtains. In addition to stitching, I add textile and fiber collage to the book pages. I find inspiration in Japanese Boro textiles and Indian Kantha blankets, the hidden layers within stitches and textiles that I wonder about and how healing and meditative stitching is for me.  I hand stitch with cotton sewing threads, Japanese sashiko threads, and Japanese Kogin embroidery threads.  You can see examples of the fabric meditation books I make here: https://www.emmafreemandesigns.com/fabric-meditation-books.  You can also see them on Instagram: www.instagram.com/emmafreemandesigns. Emma Freeman is a queer mixed media artist who works with textiles, fibers, collage, printmaking, book making, drawing, and cyanotype. Her art process is experimental, playful, meditative, and contemplative. She makes abstract art full of texture, color, pattern and movement. You can see her art at www.emmafreemandesigns.com. She is based in Wisconsin in the United States. 
17:58
January 09, 2021
Ep 17: A year of shifts, transformations, grief and growth in my art practice and life
Ep 17: A year of shifts, transformations, grief and growth in my art practice and life
Today I share reflections on all of the ways that my art practice and I shifted throughout 2020 and how I am thinking about this year, what I am carrying forward with me and what I am leaving behind.  Emma Freeman is a queer mixed media artist and teaching artist based in Wisconsin. She works with fibers, textiles, collage, cyanotype and printmaking. Her work is abstract, tactile and full of texture and color. Her process is playful and experimental. You can see her work at www.emmafreemandesigns.com and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemandesigns. 
26:14
January 08, 2021
Ep 16: "A Morning Offering," a poem by spiritual poet, John O'Donohue
Ep 16: "A Morning Offering," a poem by spiritual poet, John O'Donohue
Today I am sharing a beautiful poem I read this morning at my art table after a night of dreams full of worry and anxiety. When I read it to myself, I cried and something released. I thought I would read it to you and see if it releases something within you too.  I am finding so much solace in poetry during this pandemic and find myself seeking it out to be a light and give me some guidance and hope in different moments.  "A Morning Offering" by John O'Donohue from his wonderful book, To Bless the Space Between Us.  I bless the night that nourished my heart To set the ghosts of longing free Into the flow and figure of dream That went to harvest from the dark Bread for the hunger no one sees. All that is eternal in me Welcomes the wonder of this day, The field of brightness it creates Offering time for each thing To arise and illuminate. I place on the altar of dawn: The quiet loyalty of breath, The tent of thought where I shelter, Waves of desire I am shore to And all beauty drawn to the eye. May my mind come alive today To the invisible geography That invites me to new frontiers, To break the dead shell of yesterdays, To risk being disturbed and changed. May I have the courage today To live the life that I would love, To postpone my dream no longer But do at last what I came here for And waste my heart on fear no more. Emma Freeman, the host of Reflections from my art table, is a queer mixed media artist, teaching artist, designer and dreamer. Her art practice is experimental, playful, tactile and meditative. She works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, book making, cyanotype, drawing, collage, printmaking and illustration. She teaches art classes online, creates greeting cards, fabric collections, and fine art collections. You can learn more about her and see her work at www.emmafreemandesigns.com.  Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemandesigns. 
06:42
December 16, 2020
Ep 15: 1 Seed 1,000 Dreams: The Artist Woods / environmental artist & creative dreamer, Natalie Koffman
Ep 15: 1 Seed 1,000 Dreams: The Artist Woods / environmental artist & creative dreamer, Natalie Koffman
In this interview, I talk with the amazing human and environmental artist, Natalie Koffman.  Natalie Koffman is a wise, deep, contemplative dreamer. In this conversation, we talk about Natalie’s incredible project, 1 Seed 1,000 Dreams: The Artist Woods, a dream to buy land in the UK where she lives and plant trees to create a woodland that would be protected forever. She imagines having artists of all kinds participating in this project and dreams of creating artist residency opportunities on the land and inviting many kinds of creative collaborations with nature there. We also talk about her storytelling project called, “Inverted Ark” which had me completely captivated. I felt like I was listening to a magical children’s story that has a powerful call to action for the environment. Natalie talks about her artistic and creative path through exploring photography, a Masters degree in Social Sculpture, working in mental health and some of the challenges she has found along the way. Natalie lives and works in London. I really hope you enjoy this conversation.  This was my first interview with another artist and I was nervous and met an edge within myself by doing it but I am glad I did.  You can learn more about and support her woodland artist project at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-artists-woods.  Her website is www.nataliekoffman.com and you can find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/1seed1000dreams/.  Emma Freeman, the host of Reflections from my art table, is a queer mixed media artist, teaching artist, designer and dreamer. Her art practice is experimental, playful, tactile and meditative. She works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, book making, cyanotype, drawing, collage, printmaking and illustration. She teaches art classes online, creates greeting cards, fabric collections, and fine art collections. You can learn more about her and see her work at www.emmafreemandesigns.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemandesigns.
59:15
December 13, 2020
Ep 14: Circles as symbols in my art and spiritual practices
Ep 14: Circles as symbols in my art and spiritual practices
In this episode, I share how circles have been showing up in my art practice, on my body as a tattoo and in my spiritual practice. I talk about enso practices in Zen Buddhism and Zen Philosophy, some of the many meanings of circles, how I have been exploring them spiritually and reflections I am having on them lately.  I share two wonderful books, Enso: Zen Cirlces of Enlightment by Audrey Yoshiko Seo and Zen and the Art of Photography: A Guide to Mindfulness in Creativity by Douglas Beasley.  I also open up about a deep visual meditation that I did with Lacy Phillip's (www.tobemagnetic.com) work and the powerful healing experience it was for me when I walked into my subconscious and met a circle of younger and older versions of myself.  I have this quote on my art table that connects so beautifully to circles and their role in my life and art:  "Flow down and down in always widening rings of being." -Rumi Emma Freeman, the host of Reflections from my art table, is a queer mixed media artist, teaching artist, designer and dreamer. Her art practice is experimental, playful, tactile and meditative. She works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, book making, cyanotype, drawing, collage, printmaking and illustration. She teaches art classes online, creates greeting cards, fabric collections, and fine art collections. You can learn more about her and see her work at www.emmafreemandesigns.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemandesigns.
28:14
December 09, 2020
Ep 13: Finding courage on my artistic path, difficult decisions in my business & discovering enchantment
Ep 13: Finding courage on my artistic path, difficult decisions in my business & discovering enchantment
In this episode, I read two poems by John O'Donohue called "For the Time of Necessary Decision" and "For Courage" from his amazing book, To Bless the Space Between Us.  I also share some reflections on some difficult things that have happened to me during the pandemic and what shifts and openings have emerged in my life and art practice.   I share two artists who are inspiring me right now: Amy T. Won, an amazing painter and soulful, spiritual human who made a deck of meditation cards called "A Deck for Wonder Walking" to invite enchantment and wonder and deeper creativity in our lives. You can learn more about her at www.amytwon.com.  Also, Yarrow Magdalena, who wrote a magical book during the pandemic that I just finished called,  Rituals: simple and radical practices for enchantment in times of crisis. Yarrow also has two podcasts that I love, "Daydreaming Wolves: A Podcast about art, healing and ritual" and "DIY Small Business Podcast". You can learn more about Yarrow at www.yarrowmagdalena.com.   Emma Freeman, the host of Reflections from my art table, is a queer mixed media artist, teaching artist, designer and dreamer. Her art practice is experimental, playful, tactile and meditative. She works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, book making, cyanotype, drawing, collage, printmaking and illustration. She teaches art classes online, creates greeting cards, fabric collections, and fine art collections. You can learn more about her and see her work at www.emmafreemandesigns.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemandesigns.
22:33
November 22, 2020
Ep 12: My obsessive compulsive mind and how it impacts me as an artist and a human
Ep 12: My obsessive compulsive mind and how it impacts me as an artist and a human
In this episode, I open up and share my experiences with having an obsessive compulsive mind throughout my life, the damage it has done in different parts of my life and the gifts it has given me within my art making and teaching practice. I talk about struggling through an eating disorder, my relationship with alcohol, how this obsessive compulsive energy has shown up in relationships and how it has helped me to delve deeply into so many different artistic mediums and creative realms throughout my life.  I mention a class I took with Myree Morsi called, "Sacred Sensitivity" for highly sensitive people. Myree is a spiritual healer, trauma therapist and incredible person. You can learn more about her and the classes she offers here: https://myree.com.au/.  Emma Freeman, the host of Reflections from my art table, is a queer mixed media artist, teaching artist, designer and dreamer. Her art practice is experimental, playful, tactile and meditative. She works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, book making, cyanotype, drawing, collage, printmaking and illustration. She teaches art classes online, creates greeting cards, fabric collections, and fine art collections. You can learn more about her and see her work at www.emmafreemandesigns.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemandesigns.
31:37
November 14, 2020
Ep 11: Sleeping in the Forest, a gorgeous poem by nature artist and spiritual poet, Mary Oliver
Ep 11: Sleeping in the Forest, a gorgeous poem by nature artist and spiritual poet, Mary Oliver
Today, I am reading one of my favorite poems by Mary Oliver called, "Sleeping in the Forest" and sharing some reflections on my connection to poetry during the pandemic and how nature is grounding me in my art practice.  Sleeping in the Forest by Mary Oliver, written in 1978 I thought the earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly, arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds. I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed, nothing between me and the white fire of the stars but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths among the branches of the perfect trees. All night I heard the small kingdoms breathing around me, the insects, and the birds who do their work in the darkness. All night I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling with a luminous doom. By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times into something better. Emma Freeman, the host of Reflections from my art table, is a queer mixed media artist, teaching artist, designer and dreamer. Her art practice is experimental, playful, tactile and meditative. She works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, book making, cyanotype, drawing, collage, printmaking and illustration. She teaches art classes online, creates greeting cards, fabric collections, and fine art collections. You can learn more about her and see her work at www.emmafreemandesigns.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemandesigns.
10:03
November 06, 2020
Ep 10: For Light, A Healing Poem by spiritual poet, John O'Donohue
Ep 10: For Light, A Healing Poem by spiritual poet, John O'Donohue
In this episode, I read John O'Donohue's beautiful poem called, "For Light" from his book, To Bless the Space Between Us. on the eve of the presidential election in the United States, which has the air feeling so tense, anxious, full of fear and worry about what will happen. This poem is some medicine for me tonight so I wanted to share it with you. I read it by candlelight while sitting at my little art table.  John O'Dononue was an Irish poet, philosopher and spiritual leader.  "For Light" by John O'Donohue  Light cannot see inside things.  That is what the dark is for: Minding the interior,  Nurturing the draw of growth  Through places where death In its own way turns into life.  In the glare of neon times,  Let our eyes not be worn By surfaces that shine  With hunger made attractive.  That our thoughts may be true light,  Finding their way into words  Which have the weight of shadow  To hold the layers of truth.  That we never place our trust In minds claimed by empty light,  Where one-sided certainties  Are driven by false desire.  When we look into the heart,  May our eyes have the kindness  And reverence of candlelight.  That the searching of our minds  Be equal to the oblique  Crevices and corners where  The mystery continues to dwell,  Glimmering in fugitive light.  When we are confined inside  The dark house of suffering  That moonlight might find a window.  When we become false and lost  That the severe noon-light  Would cast our shadow clear.  When we love, that dawn-light  Would lighten our feet  Upon the waters.  As we grow old, that twilight  Would illuminate treasure  In the fields of memory.  And when we come to search for God,  Let us first be robed in night,  Put on the mind of morning  To feel the rush of light  Spread slowly inside  The color and stillness  Of a found world.  Emma Freeman, the host of Reflections from my art table, is a queer mixed media artist, teaching artist, designer and dreamer. Her art practice is experimental, playful, tactile and meditative. She works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, book making, cyanotype, drawing, collage, printmaking and illustration. She teaches art classes online, creates greeting cards, fabric collections, and fine art collections. You can learn more about her and see her work at www.emmafreemandesigns.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemandesigns.
07:20
November 03, 2020
Ep 9: Using Sketchbooks to Discover and Develop My Artistic Style in Different Mediums
Ep 9: Using Sketchbooks to Discover and Develop My Artistic Style in Different Mediums
In this episode I share how I developed my sketchbook practices and how they help me develop my drawing, collage and mixed media skills and style within each of those mediums.  You can see tours of some of my sketchbooks here: www.instagram.com/emmafreemandesigns. I talk about taking Lisa Congdon's drawing classes on Creative Bug which really helped expand my drawing practice and skills within my sketchbooks. You can find all of her classes here: https://lisacongdon.com/pages/classes. Emma Freeman, the host of Reflections from my art table, is a queer mixed media artist, teaching artist, designer and dreamer. Her art practice is experimental, playful, tactile and meditative. She works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, book making, cyanotype, drawing, collage, printmaking and illustration. She teaches art classes online, creates greeting cards, fabric collections, and fine art collections. You can learn more about her and see her work at www.emmafreemandesigns.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemandesigns.
21:27
October 27, 2020
Ep 8: The power of encouragement on my artistic path to open new doorways within myself
Ep 8: The power of encouragement on my artistic path to open new doorways within myself
In this episode, I talk about the power of encouragement in my art practice and how it opens up new possibilities and deeper creative energy within me.   Encouragement is such a powerful force that can energize and motivate us to keep exploring and discovering new creative ways of expressing ourselves. So many of us have had painful experiences of being criticized for what we create or we just feel unsure about our creative abilities and those tender places within us can be soothed and healed through encouraging words, through encouraging creative opportunities and spaces to be in. The encouragement can completely shift things inside, I have discovered, it can soften those hardened places where we have convinced ourselves that we can’t do something or are bad at something and suddenly new energy can flow there, like when a knot in a muscle gets massaged out. The creative energy that naturally wants to flow can move and inspire us and can feel incredibly powerful. We are all so much more powerful than we realize.  Creating art, attempting new mediums and materials that intimidate us but feel exciting too, is so good for the soul. And I find that the smallest amount of encouragement can have a huge impact-if someone says that they love what I created or that is beautiful, or wow, that is amazing! Even if I start to say, “well…I don’t know…” or doubt it, the magic is already happening inside of me, that energy of encouragement is working it’s way through my body and finding those stuck and hardened places of creative fear and doubt and is starting to massage them to get them unstuck.  I love encouraging people in my life to do the creative things they want to do.  I take time to say kind things about what they are creating or encourage them to do something they mentioned wanting to explore. I seek out spaces where I can receive some encouragement - in art classes, by sharing what I am creating with friends and online. It isn’t about focusing on getting constant validation-that is different. That is a compulsive need to be held up by others because we haven’t discovered our own powerful foundation to stand on yet. Encouragement is more expansive than validation. Validation feels to me like the insecure version and encouragement is the secure version. Encourage yourself. Start to talk to yourself in encouraging ways.  I use quotes around me in my art space to encourage me all of the time, to give me that boost of encouraging energy to keep me going when I get stuck. A few of my favorites are: “Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” -Carl Jung “I simply do not distinguish between work and play.” -Mary Oliver “So you see, imagination needs moodling-long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.” -Brenda Ueland “I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.” -Pablo Picasso “I shut my eyes in order to see.” -Paul Gauguin  Emma Freeman, the host of Reflections from my art table, is a queer mixed media artist, teaching artist, designer and dreamer. Her art practice is experimental, playful, tactile and meditative. She works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, book making, cyanotype, drawing, collage, printmaking and illustration. She teaches art classes online, creates greeting cards, fabric collections, and fine art collections. You can learn more about her and see her work at www.emmafreemandesigns.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemandesigns.
20:10
October 22, 2020
Ep 7: Art as a meditation practice
Ep 7: Art as a meditation practice
In this episode, I share my reflections on my own discovery of art being a meditation practice, what shifts happened in my life to kick off that new practice, and what I have noticed that I need to enter that state of being at my art table. I make connections to Zen philosophy, spirituality and art making and share some of my favorite quotes about meditation that connect to art making and creativity including an excerpt from the book by John Daido Loori called, The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life and this quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that I love, “Meditation is not passive sitting in silence. It is sitting in awareness, free from distraction, and realizing the clear understanding that arises from concentration." Emma Freeman, the host of Reflections from my art table, is a queer mixed media artist, teaching artist, designer and dreamer. Her art practice is experimental, playful, tactile and meditative. She works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, book making, cyanotype, drawing, collage, printmaking and illustration. She teaches art classes online, creates greeting cards, fabric collections, and fine art collections. You can learn more about her and see her work at www.emmafreemandesigns.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemandesigns.
21:10
October 16, 2020
Ep 6: The language of texture in my art making
Ep 6: The language of texture in my art making
In this episode, I talk about how I explore texture in my mixed media art work, being a very tactile human, suggestions and ideas for expanding your experiences with texture and ways I gather texture inspiration and surround myself with those objects and images to nourish me creatively.  You can see images of the work I talk about here: https://www.emmafreemandesigns.com/episode-6.  I talk about how I gather texture inspiration on Pinterest. You can see my texture board here: https://www.pinterest.com/emmafreeman/art-education/texture/. Emma Freeman, the host of Reflections from my art table, is a queer mixed media artist, teaching artist, designer and dreamer. Her art practice is experimental, playful, tactile and meditative. She works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, book making, cyanotype, drawing, collage, printmaking and illustration. She teaches art classes online, creates greeting cards, fabric collections, and fine art collections. You can learn more about her and see her work at www.emmafreemandesigns.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemandesigns.
26:51
October 06, 2020
Ep 5: "For a New Beginning," a poem by spiritual poet, John O'Donohue
Ep 5: "For a New Beginning," a poem by spiritual poet, John O'Donohue
In this episode, I read a beautiful poem by John O'Donohue called, "For a New Beginning" from his book, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings. I also share why this poem is meaningful and healing for me in my art practice and my life. John O'Donohue was an Irish poet, philosopher and spiritual teacher.  For a New Beginning By John O'Donohue In out-of-the-way places of the heart, Where your thoughts never think to wander, This beginning has been quietly forming, Waiting until you were ready to emerge. For a long time it has watched your desire, Feeling the emptiness growing inside you, Noticing how you willed yourself on, Still unable to leave what you had outgrown. It watched you play with the seduction of safety And the gray promises that sameness whispered, Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent, Wondered would you always live like this. Then the delight, when your courage kindled, And out you stepped onto new ground, Your eyes young again with energy and dream, A path of plenitude opening before you. Though your destination is not yet clear You can trust the promise of this opening; Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning That is at one with your life’s desire. Awaken your spirit to adventure; Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk; Soon you will be home in a new rhythm, For your soul senses the world that awaits you. Emma Freeman, the host of Reflections from My Art Table podcast, is a queer mixed media artist who works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, collage, mark making, book making, drawing and cyanotype. She designs greeting cards, fabric and other products and teaches online art classes as a teaching artist. She is a highly sensitive person and has a playful, contemplative art practice. She lives in Wisconsin in the United States. You can learn more about Emma through her website www.emmafreemandesigns.com and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmfreemandesigns.
04:56
September 25, 2020
Ep 4: The expansive freedom of mixed media art making
Ep 4: The expansive freedom of mixed media art making
In this episode of "Reflections from My Art Table," I share how I discovered the world of mixed media art making, what materials and tools I love using now in my mixed media work, and the incredible freedom I am discovering within the world of mixed media art making.  I share books, classes and artists who have helped me learn mixed media techniques.  Emma Freeman, the host of Reflections from my art table, is a queer mixed media artist, teaching artist, designer and dreamer. Her art practice is experimental, playful, tactile and meditative. She works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, book making, cyanotype, drawing, collage, printmaking and illustration. She teaches art classes online, creates greeting cards, fabric collections, and fine art collections. You can learn more about her and see her work at www.emmafreemandesigns.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemandesigns.
21:19
September 22, 2020
Ep 3: "For the Artist at the Start of Day," a poem by spiritual poet, John O'Donohue
Ep 3: "For the Artist at the Start of Day," a poem by spiritual poet, John O'Donohue
In this episode of "Reflections from My Art Table," I share a beautiful poem by the poet and writer, John O'Donohue. It is called, "For the Artist at the Start of Day" from his book, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings. I discovered this poem recently and absolutely love it. It gives me encouragement and connection while I sit at my art table and reminds me that artists have a calling and deeper need to create. John O'Dononue was an Irish poet, writer, philosopher and spiritual teacher.  "For the Artist at the Start of Day" by John O'Donohue May morning be astir with the harvest of night; Your mind quickening to the eros of a new question, Your eyes seduced by some unintended glimpse That cut right through the surface to a source. May this be a morning of innocent beginning, When the gift within you slips clear Of the sticky web of the personal With its hurt and its hauntings, And fixed fortress corners, A morning when you become a pure vessel For what wants to ascend from silence, May your imagination know The grace of perfect danger, To reach beyond imitation, And the wheel of repetition, Deep into the call of all The unfinished and unsolved. Until the veil of the unknown yields And something original begins To stir toward your senses And grow stronger in your heart In order to come to birth In a clean line of form, That claims from time A rhythm not yet heard, That calls space to A different shape. May it be its own force field And dwell uniquely Between the heart and the light To surprise the hungry eye By how deftly it fits About its secret loss. I also talk about self-doubt as an artist and our need for connection and community to keep us going.  Emma Freeman, the host of Reflections from My Art Table podcast, is a queer mixed media artist who works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, collage, mark making, book making, drawing and cyanotype. She designs greeting cards, fabric and other products and teaches online art classes as a teaching artist. She is a highly sensitive person and has a playful, contemplative art practice. She lives in Wisconsin in the United States. You can learn more about Emma through her website www.emmafreemandesigns.com and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmfreemandesigns.
05:00
September 18, 2020
Ep 2: My love for learning new creative languages as an artist
Ep 2: My love for learning new creative languages as an artist
In this episode, I talk about the artistic languages I communicate in, how I built and continue to build my creative toolbox through art classes, online art tutorials, and art and craft books. “The more colors you have on your palette, the more you can work with, and the more you can aspire to.” Donald McKayle, dancer and choreographer, first black man to direct and choreograph a Broadway musical. I think of each artistic medium as a different creative language. The way I communicate and express myself in one is different than another. Collage, drawing, inks, watercolor, acrylics, textiles, stitching, mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, dance, cooking, writing...these are all creative languages. Expanding and deepening our creative language abilities can offer us more resources to draw upon to express ourselves. I think of it as building my creative toolbox. In this episode, I talk about wonderful online classes I have taken including: -Basic Line Drawing with Lisa Congdon : https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/single/basic-line-drawing-with-lisa-congdon.  -Creative Boot Camp - Six Exercises to Spark Artistic Discovery with Lisa Congdon : https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/single/creative-boot-camp-6-exercises-to-spark-creative-discovery.  -More Sketchbook Explorations: Gel Pen Drawings on Colored Paper with Lisa Congdon: https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/single/more-sketchbook-explorations-gel-pen-drawings-on-colored-paper. -Daily Drawing Challenge: 31 Things to Draw with Lisa Congdon: https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/single/daily-drawing-challenge. -Daily Abstract Prompts: Working Collaboratively with Pam Garrison and Jennifer Mercede : https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/single/daily-abstract-painting-prompts-working-collaboratively.  -How to Brush Paint on Fabric with Anna Joyce: https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/single/how-to-brush-paint-on-fabric. -Gelli Plate Printing with Courtney Cerutti: https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/single/gelli-plate-printing. -Becoming a Working Artist with Lisa Congdon: https://www.creativelive.com/class/become-working-artist-lisa-congdon. -Intuitive Mark Making with Flora Bowley: https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/single/intuitive-mark-making.  -Intuitive Painting with Flora Bowley: https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/single/intuitive-painting.  -Minimal Magic and Abstract Adventuring with Laura Horn : https://www.laurahornart.com/classes.  Emma Freeman, the host of Reflections from my art table, is a queer mixed media artist, teaching artist, designer and dreamer. Her art practice is experimental, playful, tactile and meditative. She works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, book making, cyanotype, drawing, collage, printmaking and illustration. She teaches art classes online, creates greeting cards, fabric collections, and fine art collections. You can learn more about her and see her work at www.emmafreemandesigns.com. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmafreemandesigns.
10:51
September 16, 2020
Ep 1: My journey to becoming a mixed media artist and teaching artist
Ep 1: My journey to becoming a mixed media artist and teaching artist
Welcome to the Reflections from My Art Table podcast. This is a podcast about art making, the creative process, sharing the gifts of creativity and art through teaching and more. In this episode, I share how I became a mixed media artist and a teaching artist.  I share one of my favorite quotes by John Updike, "What are offers is space, a certain breathing room for the spirit." Emma Freeman, the host of Reflections from My Art Table podcast, is a queer mixed media artist who works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, collage, mark making, book making, drawing and cyanotype. She designs greeting cards, fabric and other products and teaches online art classes as a teaching artist. She is a highly sensitive person and has a playful, contemplative art practice. She lives in Wisconsin in the United States. You can learn more about Emma through her website www.emmafreemandesigns.com and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/emmfreemandesigns.
08:47
September 15, 2020