EP. 33 // Extravagant Hope & Grace w/ Brandi Kincaid

Welcome to Crafty Ass Female's 'Summer of Special Guests' : our second series of amazing, inspiring interviews with a badass bunch of creative & resourceful women that Amanda + Kristin can't wait to share with you!

Today we're talking to Brandi Kincaid, one of Kristin's artistic inspirations. Brandi is an illustrator and paper crafter who makes and records memories with her husband Andrew, and puppy Augie Roo, in Bellingham, Washington. She spends all her free moments listening closely, playing with paper and glue, and drawing a version of the world around her.

A few days a week you can find her helping guests and giving tours at her local art and history museum, which is, in her not so humble opinion, the best place to practice some of that listening she loves so much. When she isn't making a mess or dreaming up new designs, she's spending time at one of her favorite neighborhood bookshops, thrifting treasures, or watching episodes of Murder She Wrote, because nothing beats J.B. Fletcher.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Brandi talks about being a collector in this world, how she moved into full-time freelance illustrating by organically allowing herself to grow, the practice of creating and keeping commonplace books, and shares the BEST ADVICE SHE'S EVER GOTTEN (!!!) with us. 

The ladies also chat about how Brandi had to let go of the pressure she put on herself to use the tools she thought she SHOULD be using, and use instead what WORKS FOR HER, end of story. 

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Brandi on her organic growth in the industry :

"Things opened up as I opened up." 

Brandi on TRYING & knowing your limits :

"At some point it's okay to decide: I've tried ENOUGH...and this is NOT the outlet for me.
I LOVE TRYING. I'm a BIG proponent of trying. I think we should all being trying, but I also think that TRYING at some point is NOT DOING, and it's okay to say 'I'm going to take that TRYING energy and put it toward something new that I'm going to WANT TO DO.' It's going to be okay after that. ...you have to always balance 'trying' and 'doing'." 

Brandi on what's worthy to pull from everyday life & turn into art:

"I think everything is worthy. I think everything is worth remembering, documenting...it's LESS about WHAT, and MORE about WHEN...kind of the TIMING of it...I write down more than I share and that's because I share them on the timeline that then makes sense, so I'm not depending on things to be important in the moment...I'm always wanting more from the small moments - and they give it to me - but they give it me on their own schedule." 

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!

WE WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU LEFT US A WRITTEN REVIEW ON ITUNES HERE

Where to find Brandi //

WEBSITE | SHOP | IG | YOUTUBE 

SHOW NOTES //

Brandi's SHOP : The Shiny Bits
Brandi's products for FEED YOUR CRAFT
Brandi's work w/ Ellen Hutson's - Leading Ladies
Extravagent Hope - Brandi's monthly kit
Brandi on Project Life
Brandi's WEEK IN THE LIFE August 2015
• 2015 mini book HERE & HERE on IG
Elise from FEED YOUR CRAFT
Big Picture Classes
IPad Pro - 12.9 inches
Apple pencil
ProCreate for iPad
• Brandi's THINGS TAKE TIME post
J.B. Fletcher
Brandi's character Harriet the Hippo
• Brandi's #100DayProject this year
• 30 Rock's SHUT IT DOWN
• Brandi on Commonplace Books

LIGHTNING ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Obit + California Typewriter
READING: Hannah Green and Her Unfeasably Mundane Existence 
LISTENING TO: Eminem + Molly Parden
MAKING: marks & existing
FEELING: quietly hopeful (more on AFTER CHATTER)
PLANNING: an August release in her SHOP
LOVING: Richard Diebenkorn

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 for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with the girls while they talk about (1) how Brandi loses followers every time she posts her face (!!!), (2) how we've stigmatized 'CARING' about social media (Brandi says it's okay to), (3) dealing w/ hard stuff, (4) showing up with grace, and (5) feeling quietly hopeful. It's a REALLY good one, and we hope you check it out! It's so worth the investment, and we don't say that lightly. GO! PLEASE! LISTEN! IT'S GREAT.