This is the last interview in our May series of interviewees, our first batch of conversations from some of the Craftiest Ass Females we know, and we couldn't have been prouder to share their stories + wisdom!
Today we're talking to Melody Hansen, one of Amanda's artistic inspirations. She is originally from Lausanne, Switzerland & currently living in Toronto, Canada, is a modern day artist that dabbles in graphic design, illustration, art direction, music, curation, + writing. Amanda recently took her creative workshop entitled The Art of Being (an Artist) + couldn't recommend it more!
In this episode, Melody Hansen talks about all the different ways she expresses her creativity, beginning with the time she spent on neopets!
The ladies also chat about Melody's evolution to becoming the modern day artist she is today, how she feels a lot of her work has been hand-in-hand with the internet, and art authenticity vs. popularity.
FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //
Melody on being creative & resourceful :
"I don't try to limit myself on what I can do, I mean I have all these ideas and things I want to accomplish...I still feel like there is a lot that can still be done, and so I guess the ideas that I have in my mind to me is what makes me creative, and finding those outlets and those platforms and those mediums that I can use...
...and resourceful, I think is the PEOPLE. I think the collaborations I've done in the past, the different type of people I've worked with from all sorts of different industries and organizations has been...the way that I have gotten to where I am now: keeping those people as the connections, but also building the friendships and relationships that I have."
Melody on creativity being her weapon of choice :
"I sort of see my work being my weapon of choice. I feel like when I have these internal mental battles - that I think we all do and we all face - to me creating is that weapon to kind of like, feel powerful and feel like I am still in control and I can silence whatever thoughts or whatever feelings that are negative or dark or...and that comes through my work and I think that's where all the feelings and mental health comes in."
SHOW NOTES //
• FEELINGS FEELING FEELINGS
• The Art of Being (an Artist)
• What are neopets?
• Melody + her sister + music
• song: BOULDERS
• song: 22 DAYS
• To Write Love on Her Arms
• Melody Hansen w/ TWLOHA
• Big Fish
• Back to the Future
• Hitchock's Rear Window
• Wizard of Oz play
• Gaslight movie (1944)
• #artvsartist on IG
• PERSEVERE PERSEVERE PERSEVERE
• Bates Motel
• The Black Panther album
AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //
You don't want to miss out on the AFTER-CHATTER SHOW for this episode!
Head to our Patreon page to sign up and hang out backstage with the girls + Melody getting real about how social media effects art + the artist.
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Awesome Ladies Live //
If you love this episode, and would love to be present at a LIVE taping of Crafty Ass Female, come join us at AWESOME LADIES LIVE! This event is a crafty weekend retreat hosted by Kristin and will be happening this year from August 17-19th in East Lansing, MI. Tickets are now available! A + K hope to see you there!