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Craftcast (a.k.a. get your butt in the chair…)

When I work in my studio, I usually have iTunes playing one of the following five things:

  1. 80’s music. I am a total new wave freak. My favorite station is Radio Nigel (note: no longer exists).
  2. If it’s Saturday or Sunday and between the hours of 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., I listen to The Playground on WERS. What can I say, I am a fan of children’s music – it’s just so darn cheery. Love love love Disney musicals.
  3. If it’s Saturday or Sunday and between the hours of 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m., I listen to The Secret Spot, also on WERS. Gimme some Aretha and I’m a happy duck.
  4. My “100 Songs”. After a song ended once on the radio, the deejay remarked that he’d put the song on his list of 100 songs for a desert island. Ever since, I’ve been obsessed with compiling the soundtrack of me. I’m almost done – I have 91 songs selected to date (I’m actually listening to this right now).
  5. Last, but not least, I listen to Craftcast.

Craftcast is a weekly podcast hosted by jeweler Alison Lee. Alison interviews professional artists, authors, television personalities, among others. She has interviewed artists working in a wide variety of media including polymer clay, jewelry, and fiber. I find her interviews to be so inspirational – you are given the opportunity to hear about another artist’s creative process – their struggles, triumphs, and their quirks.

Why artists do what they do.

After each podcast I feel so…understood.

Her podcast from June 2nd was particularly enjoyable. Alison interviewed Diane Maurer-Mathison, a fabulous paper artisan from Spring Mills, Pennsylvania. Diane has written a number of books, including Art of the Scrapbook and The Art of Making Paste Papers (I have both of them). She talked with Alison about her newest book, Collage, Assemblage, and Altered Art.

I could so identify with her as she talked about having to save every single scrap of paper because you never know when you’re going to need it (hey hubby, are you listening?). Or when she talked about her paper problem (it’s not a problem if it doesn’t bother me, right?). So all you paper junkies out there (who, me?) – if you’re looking for validation, this podcast is for you.

You can subscribe to Craftcast for free through iTunes and each new podcast will be automatically downloaded for you each week.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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