EP. 84 // FINDING YOUR ARTISTIC VOICE w/ LISA CONGDON

Today we have THE ONE, THE ONLY Lisa Congon on the podcast! Fine artist, illustrator and author Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful paintings and hand lettering. She works for clients around the world, and is the author of eight books, including the her latest: Find Your Artist Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic.

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SUMMARY //

Lisa Congdon starts off by telling A + K about her “early mid-life crisis” and what her really intense desire to be creative manifested into. Lisa then goes into the greatest lesson writing her first book Art, Inc. taught her.

Teaching is also a big part of Lisa Congdon’s creative life. She goes into what she loves about teaching and letting go of the preciousness of her work when teaching students how to “art” using her techniques. Lisa and the girls discuss copying vs. ‘being influenced by’, and how to embrace your own voice, ideas, and “wonkiness”.

Amanda + Kristin pick Lisa’s brain about being personal & political, and using her voice/platform to talk about topics she cares about. The girls discuss putting out messages of self-love, worthiness, self-care and being an influencer vs. being an impacter.

BUY HER LATEST BOOK:

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

Where to find LISA //

WEBSITE | CLASSES | INSTAGRAM | FB GROUP | TWITTER | PINTEREST | 99u’s AWESOME INTERVIEW


CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Gentleman Jack
READING: The Librarian of Auschwitz
LISTENING TO: Ninth Street Women
MAKING: kale & lettuce in her garden
FEELING: gratitude
PLANNING:
her book tour
LOVING:
Portland & the shop in her studio

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month to see Lisa Congdon’s adorable color-coordinated outfitand + hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Lisa as they chat it up about Lisa’s studio/shop combo! We’ll catch ya there, friends! xoxo

EP. 78 // BEING THE BEST YOU w/ SARA M. LYONS

SUPER FUN BABE ALERT! Today we have Sara M. Lyons - artist, illustrator, product designer, magic girl, muralist, cute weirdo - and she is an absolute crafty ass female to the MAX! Her hair, her vibe, her talent, and her Instagram presence are so kitschy + fresh and we couldn’t be happier to share her with you!

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SUMMARY //

Sara M. Lyons starts off by telling A + K what the ‘M’ stands for in her name, and then goes into the backstory of her creativity from making art with her mom to the fashion blog she expressed herself on to losing her office job to her Tumblr posts gaining traction to slowly developing an online business.

Sara started cutting out stickers on her couch and has developed her creative career in such a way where she has worked with brands like Urban Decay and illustrated a pop-up book on periods + vaginas! UHHH-MAZING!

Sara also opens up to Amanda + Kristin about how she responds to blatant plagiarism and has learned that she needs to choose which battles she will fight and which she will let go of.

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: I Think You Should Leave
READING: Orange World by Karen Russell
LISTENING TO: Podcast: The Ride
MAKING: a new mural & illustrating a tarot deck
FEELING: overwhelmed & excited
PLANNING: projects coming up, working on new products, & launching a new version of her store
LOVING: that the wheels haven’t fallen off this wagon

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

Where to find SARA //

INSTAGRAM | SHOP | FB | TWITTER | TUMBLR

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.

 

EP. 28 // The Art of Being (an Artist) with Melody Hansen

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! 

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SUMMARY //

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."
 
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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." 

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

Where to find Melody //

SHOP | WORKSHOP: The Art of Being (an Artist)
Instagram | website | FB | twitter | pinterest | blog

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SHOW NOTES //

FEELINGS FEELING FEELINGS
The Art of Being (an Artist)
• What are neopets?
neopets.com
Melody + her sister + music
• song: BOULDERS
• song: 22 DAYS
To Write Love on Her Arms
Melody Hansen w/ TWLOHA
MySpace
Big Fish
Shrek
Back to the Future 
• Hitchock's Rear Window
Wizard of Oz play
Gaslight 
Gaslight movie (1944)
Arrival
#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.

PARTNERING w/ SUDIO // 

We've partnered with Sudio - a company who creates headphones that function as both a quality tech device and stylish accessory!

 Amanda chose the Tre Pink design, Kristin chose the Regent Black style, + are LOVING them so far! 

Use our specific discount code CRAFTYASS15 to get 15% off any purchase you make from the website!  

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!