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Sustaining Craft

Elizabeth Silverstein

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Sustaining Craft started in 2016, when Elizabeth Silverstein, a writer, found herself discouraged after a move and a divorce. To find a little encouragement for herself and others, she decided to talk to people building businesses in creative fields. Sustaining Craft morphed into a podcast format in 2018, and features artists and craftspeople from Arkansas, Canada, Colorado, and New Jersey.

Latest Episodes

Episode 28: Liz Taylor-McMullen: Creating Smiles With Community Music

Liz Taylor-McMullen earned her bachelor’s in music education and a master’s in music performance before working for two years as a band director. She’d had to learn quite a few different instruments to teach band. “I was studying to be a band director, and when you do that, you learn how to play all of the band instruments to a certain level of proficiency, because you had to be able to get sixth graders started.” As the band director, a lot of people in a state like Arkansas are often the only music director for an entire school district at times and can be responsible for up to sixty students. “You have to be able to wear a lot of hats,” Liz said. “That’s why I can play a lot of instruments. Because I learned how to learn.” She spent four years more as a choir director before moving into administration at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). “I think I just always knew that I wanted to be a music teacher from the time I was a little girl,” Liz shared. “It just seemed like the natural thing to do. It never really crossed my mind to have another job. And I got the job and I did the job. And once I got to the point where I felt comfortable and knew what I was doing … It was three things. It was the red tape, it was dealing with parents who didn’t appreciate what I was doing and couldn’t see that I was trying really hard, and just feeling like I wasn’t making much of a difference. It wore me down.” Find Lieder Vox Duo on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Lieder-Vox-Duo-102621477815115/ Read the rest: https://hewandweld.com/news/ Sustaining Craft is a passion project of Hew & Weld Writing. There are no fees for artists and craftspeople to participate. Music provided by Jim Ciago (Seven Second Chance on iTunes and Spotify & Nomad Neighbors in the Denver area most weekends). Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sustainingcraft/ Facebook - http://facebook.com/sustainingcraft Find more from Hew & Weld: Website - https://www.hewandweld.com/news Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hewandweld/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hewandweld/Special Guest: Liz Taylor-McMullen.

32 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 28: Liz Taylor-McMullen: Creating Smiles With Community Music

Episode 27: Robert Bean, Part 2: Investigating People Through Visual Arts

Robert Bean has noticed how the rest of the world has realized how much they need the arts. “All of a sudden, they’re starting to draw, play music,” Robert said. “I’ve seen the stuff that says, ‘You don’t support the arts? What are you doing right now? You’re reading books. You’re coloring. You’re doing all of these things.’ And I’m 100% behind that. We should be funding and supporting the arts, not letting them go or devaluing them.” Creatives haven’t been stopped by the limitations of social distancing, either, like Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, which used Zoom, a business tool, to create a music video for their song, Phenom, by pivoting in a matter of weeks. “To me, that’s the power of the arts and the creative brain,” Rober shared. “‘Okay, we get hit with this setback, but what do we do instead?’ It doesn’t just grind to a halt. They just go, ‘Okay. I’m gonna roll up my sleeves and I’m gonna figure out a different way to do this.’ And they get in there ...

27 MINMAY 2
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Episode 27: Robert Bean, Part 2: Investigating People Through Visual Arts

Episode 26: Chris Swasta: Hearing in 3D

In 2016, when he came back to Little Rock, he found a job at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. “My old high school teacher was working with me and she was like, ‘Hey, I’ve been following you throughout your college years. I know you started doing pottery. Have you heard about the art center?’ And I was like, ‘No, what is that?’ And so I went there the next day.” He signed up for classes with Kelly Edwards. “I walked into her class, and I wasn’t going to leave,” Chris shared. “I was going to make something before I left. That’s how it started, and I’ve been there ever since.” Now, Chris teaches an afterschool program for students ranging in age from 10 to 18, and he’s a part of the work-study program at the center. And after hearing a Radiohead song, he made 6,000 pieces over the past six months, crediting his creative drive to synthesia. “Anything see, anything I hear, I visually relate it to a 3D form,” Chris explained. “This installation is inspired by a song.” Read the rest at: https://hewandweld.com/news/ Find out more about Chris: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/rollinghillspottery/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/rollinghillspottery/ Sustaining Craft is a passion project of Hew & Weld Writing. There are no fees for artists and craftspeople to participate. Music provided by Jim Ciago (Seven Second Chance on iTunes and Spotify & Nomad Neighbors in the Denver area most weekends). Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sustainingcraft/ Facebook - http://facebook.com/sustainingcraft Find more from Hew & Weld: Website - https://www.hewandweld.com/news Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hewandweld/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hewandweld/Special Guest: Chris Swasta.

17 MINAPR 23
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Episode 26: Chris Swasta: Hearing in 3D

Episode 25: Morgan Allain: Discovering New Mediums and Techniques

In the four years since we last talked, Morgan has moved on from her Muse series, which she focused on for two years. She's branched out into working on several different series, with focus ranging from Greek mythology to folklore to mushrooms. She's also teaching herself new methods and skills. "It’s fun trying new papers and different brushes and stuff because I’ve been missing out on a lot," Morgan said. "I’m kind of sad I didn’t discover this stuff sooner because it’s working on different mediums or different papers. I have to learn how to use the paint totally differently than on other stuff that I’ve worked on. It’s really interesting and keeps me from getting bored." Read the rest at: https://hewandweld.com/news/ Find out more about Morgan: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theinklinggirl/ Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TheInklingGirl Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/shop/theinklinggirl/ Sustaining Craft is a passion project of Hew & Weld Writing. There are no fees for artists and craftspeople to participate. Music provided by Jim Ciago (Seven Second Chance on iTunes and Spotify). Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sustainingcraft/ Facebook - http://facebook.com/sustainingcraft Find more from Hew & Weld: Website - https://www.hewandweld.com/news Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hewandweld/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hewandweld/Special Guest: Morgan Allain.

16 MINAPR 3
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Episode 25: Morgan Allain: Discovering New Mediums and Techniques

Episode 24: Hannah Genevieve Lawrence: Weaving Functional Art

And then COVID-19 hit the United States. “A few weeks beforehand, my boss was telling me, ‘No one’s gonna, with all the stuff going on, no one’s gonna go to your show,’” Hannah said. “I was like, ‘It’s not gonna be a big deal. It’s gonna be fine.’” Ultimately, the exhibition was postponed until February 2021. “Then it just all gets taken away,” Hannah said. “I taught a lot of extra classes to have money to buy art supplies. I missed out on things with friends to stay home and make stuff. One of my friends recently moved away, and one of the last dinners they had before they left, I didn’t go to because I was like, ‘I really need to stay home and make stuff. I’ve already been out too much this week.’ It makes me a little bit sad that I missed stuff like that.” Read the rest at: https://hewandweld.com/news/ Find out more about Hannah: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hannah.genevieve/ Sustaining Craft is a passion project of Hew & Weld Writing. There are no fees for artists and craftspeople to participate. Music provided by Jim Ciago (Seven Second Chance on iTunes and Spotify & Nomad Neighbors in the Denver area most weekends). Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sustainingcraft/ Facebook - http://facebook.com/sustainingcraft Find more from Hew & Weld: Website - https://www.hewandweld.com/news Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hewandweld/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hewandweld/Special Guest: Hannah Genevieve Lawrence.

19 MINMAR 27
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Episode 24: Hannah Genevieve Lawrence: Weaving Functional Art

Episode 23: Brandy Mimms: Listening with Your Eyes

Growing up in the hearing world, Brandy Mimms didn’t realize for years that there was an entire other community she could participate in. “I grew up mostly in the hearing world,” Brandy explained. “So we have the deaf world and we have the hearing world. I grew up in the hearing world because my family wanted me to be hearing so badly. I appreciate them, thank you, but they never really exposed me to the deaf world as a kid.” Still, she followed her interests, which included music. To listen, she simply has to feel it. “I have to feel the vibration,” she explained. “I can hear it a little bit in my hearing aids, yes, and I’m not saying it has to be rocking loud, but it has to be loud enough for me to really feel it where I can feel, okay, this is hard or this is soft. I need to feel that. If I don’t feel it, I feel like, ah I’m lost. I don’t know where I’m going. I feel very crazy. That’s how I listen to music -- feeling the beat. And I have bluetooth hearing aids, so ...

59 MINFEB 13
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Episode 23: Brandy Mimms: Listening with Your Eyes

Episode 22: Stacey Bowers: Stamping an Edge on the Delicate

EStacey Bowers wanted to make her friends laugh. She used some of her previous knowledge of jewelry making and learned how to stamp metal to make delicate pieces with interesting phrases on them. “I think it has a lot to do with my own personal taste in jewelry,” Stacey said. “I typically wear things that are small and discrete, and I think a lot of other people appreciate that, too. But my attitude is not small or discrete. It's a little combination of the inner and outer me.” She worked full-time as the communications director for the Thea Foundation while making jewelry every hour she wasn’t at work. As of February 2019, she decided to transition to jewelry design full-time with her company, Bang-Up Betty. Find more of Stacey’s work: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bangupbetty/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/bangupbettyjewelry Website - https://www.bangupbetty.com/ Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/BangUpBetty/ Stifft Station Gifts - https://www.stifftstationgifts.com/ Sustaining Craft is a passion project of Hew & Weld Writing. There are no fees for artists and craftspeople to participate. Music provided by Jim Ciago (Seven Second Chance on iTunes and Spotify & Nomad Neighbors in the Denver area most weekends). Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sustainingcraft/ Facebook - http://facebook.com/sustainingcraft Find more from Hew & Weld: Website - https://www.hewandweld.com/news Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hewandweld/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hewandweld/Special Guest: Stacey Bowers.

22 MINJAN 23
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Episode 22: Stacey Bowers: Stamping an Edge on the Delicate

Episode 21: Joshua Kurtz: Socializing through World Building

Joshua Kurtz joins Elizabeth Silverstein of Sustaining Craft for a follow-up interview. Over the years, Joshua has found that simply asking might lead to unexpected results, like when he asked his drama teacher if the school could perform the musical he wrote at age 17. Or when he needed to raise his rates as a professional Dungeons and Dragons dungeon master. “I realized at that point, ‘Huh, I’m a very niche market, this is a very niche market, I’m not charging enough for my services,’” Joshua explained. “And it’s hard, because I’m asking people to come back over and over and over again, and I’m asking an audience and it’s mostly kids. But I did wind up raising my rates, which got very little resistence. Everyone was very supportive, especially when I said why.” As of January 2020, Joshua is a full-time dungeon master, teaching Dungeons & Dragons and other table-top role-playing games to audiences of all ages. Find more of Joshua’s work: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/dndforhire/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/dndforhire/ Website - https://dndforhire.com/ Email - dndforhire@gmail.com Sustaining Craft is a passion project of Hew&Weld Writing. There are no fees for artists and craftspeople to participate. Music provided by Jim Ciago (Seven Second Chance on iTunes and Spotify & Nomad Neighbors in the Denver area most weekends). Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sustainingcraft/ Facebook - http://facebook.com/sustainingcraft Find more from Hew&Weld: Website - hewandweld.com/news Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hewandweld/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hewandweld/Special Guest: Joshua Kurtz.

50 MINJAN 4
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Episode 21: Joshua Kurtz: Socializing through World Building

Episode 20: Hannah Allen: Putting Petal to the Metal

Hannah Allen stumbled into the flower industry with a customer service job. “I had no intention of touching flowers whatsoever,” Hannah said. “Only because my manager was just like, ‘This is your job. Don’t expect much.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, sure, fine.’ I was young and dumb, so I was like, ‘I’ll just do whatever. Just give me a paycheck.’” Then the head florist, Marie, asked her for some help. “She got really overwhelmed one day and she was like, ‘Come on over,’” Hannah said. “She was drilling me on the flowers, on what’s what, I had to label them. She taught me all the basic arrangements that I needed to know.” Marie was transferred, and Hannah became head designer at the shop. She’d always loved weddings since she was young. As the flower girl at the weddings of her mother’s friends, Hannah was determined to do the best job she could. When a bride came into the shop looking for affordable wedding flowers, Hannah remembered how much she loved weddings. “A girl ...

35 MIN2019 NOV 30
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Episode 20: Hannah Allen: Putting Petal to the Metal

Episode 19: Michael Eubanks: Using Art to Combat Fear

Michael joined the military at the age of 16. By the age of 31, with a three-month-old daughter, Michael was let go from the military in what the armed forces calls a reduction in strength. He was sent back to the United States with his family, with no understanding of life as a civilian for the past 15 years. “I panic," Michael explained. "I experience a lot of stress. We were trained to not recognize stress. We didn’t talk about stress. We didn’t talk about trauma. So you’re outprocessed--in other words, you come through this process of coming back to what we call ‘the block.’ And I would say you try to hold your head up, you try to be proud. You try to be an adult. You try to play the male role but you are in a nether world. Even though you’re back with the family that birthed you and raised you, you’re back with a whole different mindset, a whole different paradigm of what life’s about, and you are disconnected. You suffer from disassocation disorder. You’re out of you...

54 MIN2019 NOV 7
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Episode 19: Michael Eubanks: Using Art to Combat Fear

Latest Episodes

Episode 28: Liz Taylor-McMullen: Creating Smiles With Community Music

Liz Taylor-McMullen earned her bachelor’s in music education and a master’s in music performance before working for two years as a band director. She’d had to learn quite a few different instruments to teach band. “I was studying to be a band director, and when you do that, you learn how to play all of the band instruments to a certain level of proficiency, because you had to be able to get sixth graders started.” As the band director, a lot of people in a state like Arkansas are often the only music director for an entire school district at times and can be responsible for up to sixty students. “You have to be able to wear a lot of hats,” Liz said. “That’s why I can play a lot of instruments. Because I learned how to learn.” She spent four years more as a choir director before moving into administration at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). “I think I just always knew that I wanted to be a music teacher from the time I was a little girl,” Liz shared. “It just seemed like the natural thing to do. It never really crossed my mind to have another job. And I got the job and I did the job. And once I got to the point where I felt comfortable and knew what I was doing … It was three things. It was the red tape, it was dealing with parents who didn’t appreciate what I was doing and couldn’t see that I was trying really hard, and just feeling like I wasn’t making much of a difference. It wore me down.” Find Lieder Vox Duo on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Lieder-Vox-Duo-102621477815115/ Read the rest: https://hewandweld.com/news/ Sustaining Craft is a passion project of Hew & Weld Writing. There are no fees for artists and craftspeople to participate. Music provided by Jim Ciago (Seven Second Chance on iTunes and Spotify & Nomad Neighbors in the Denver area most weekends). Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sustainingcraft/ Facebook - http://facebook.com/sustainingcraft Find more from Hew & Weld: Website - https://www.hewandweld.com/news Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hewandweld/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hewandweld/Special Guest: Liz Taylor-McMullen.

32 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 28: Liz Taylor-McMullen: Creating Smiles With Community Music

Episode 27: Robert Bean, Part 2: Investigating People Through Visual Arts

Robert Bean has noticed how the rest of the world has realized how much they need the arts. “All of a sudden, they’re starting to draw, play music,” Robert said. “I’ve seen the stuff that says, ‘You don’t support the arts? What are you doing right now? You’re reading books. You’re coloring. You’re doing all of these things.’ And I’m 100% behind that. We should be funding and supporting the arts, not letting them go or devaluing them.” Creatives haven’t been stopped by the limitations of social distancing, either, like Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, which used Zoom, a business tool, to create a music video for their song, Phenom, by pivoting in a matter of weeks. “To me, that’s the power of the arts and the creative brain,” Rober shared. “‘Okay, we get hit with this setback, but what do we do instead?’ It doesn’t just grind to a halt. They just go, ‘Okay. I’m gonna roll up my sleeves and I’m gonna figure out a different way to do this.’ And they get in there ...

27 MINMAY 2
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Episode 27: Robert Bean, Part 2: Investigating People Through Visual Arts

Episode 26: Chris Swasta: Hearing in 3D

In 2016, when he came back to Little Rock, he found a job at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. “My old high school teacher was working with me and she was like, ‘Hey, I’ve been following you throughout your college years. I know you started doing pottery. Have you heard about the art center?’ And I was like, ‘No, what is that?’ And so I went there the next day.” He signed up for classes with Kelly Edwards. “I walked into her class, and I wasn’t going to leave,” Chris shared. “I was going to make something before I left. That’s how it started, and I’ve been there ever since.” Now, Chris teaches an afterschool program for students ranging in age from 10 to 18, and he’s a part of the work-study program at the center. And after hearing a Radiohead song, he made 6,000 pieces over the past six months, crediting his creative drive to synthesia. “Anything see, anything I hear, I visually relate it to a 3D form,” Chris explained. “This installation is inspired by a song.” Read the rest at: https://hewandweld.com/news/ Find out more about Chris: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/rollinghillspottery/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/rollinghillspottery/ Sustaining Craft is a passion project of Hew & Weld Writing. There are no fees for artists and craftspeople to participate. Music provided by Jim Ciago (Seven Second Chance on iTunes and Spotify & Nomad Neighbors in the Denver area most weekends). Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sustainingcraft/ Facebook - http://facebook.com/sustainingcraft Find more from Hew & Weld: Website - https://www.hewandweld.com/news Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hewandweld/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hewandweld/Special Guest: Chris Swasta.

17 MINAPR 23
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Episode 26: Chris Swasta: Hearing in 3D

Episode 25: Morgan Allain: Discovering New Mediums and Techniques

In the four years since we last talked, Morgan has moved on from her Muse series, which she focused on for two years. She's branched out into working on several different series, with focus ranging from Greek mythology to folklore to mushrooms. She's also teaching herself new methods and skills. "It’s fun trying new papers and different brushes and stuff because I’ve been missing out on a lot," Morgan said. "I’m kind of sad I didn’t discover this stuff sooner because it’s working on different mediums or different papers. I have to learn how to use the paint totally differently than on other stuff that I’ve worked on. It’s really interesting and keeps me from getting bored." Read the rest at: https://hewandweld.com/news/ Find out more about Morgan: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theinklinggirl/ Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TheInklingGirl Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/shop/theinklinggirl/ Sustaining Craft is a passion project of Hew & Weld Writing. There are no fees for artists and craftspeople to participate. Music provided by Jim Ciago (Seven Second Chance on iTunes and Spotify). Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sustainingcraft/ Facebook - http://facebook.com/sustainingcraft Find more from Hew & Weld: Website - https://www.hewandweld.com/news Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hewandweld/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hewandweld/Special Guest: Morgan Allain.

16 MINAPR 3
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Episode 25: Morgan Allain: Discovering New Mediums and Techniques

Episode 24: Hannah Genevieve Lawrence: Weaving Functional Art

And then COVID-19 hit the United States. “A few weeks beforehand, my boss was telling me, ‘No one’s gonna, with all the stuff going on, no one’s gonna go to your show,’” Hannah said. “I was like, ‘It’s not gonna be a big deal. It’s gonna be fine.’” Ultimately, the exhibition was postponed until February 2021. “Then it just all gets taken away,” Hannah said. “I taught a lot of extra classes to have money to buy art supplies. I missed out on things with friends to stay home and make stuff. One of my friends recently moved away, and one of the last dinners they had before they left, I didn’t go to because I was like, ‘I really need to stay home and make stuff. I’ve already been out too much this week.’ It makes me a little bit sad that I missed stuff like that.” Read the rest at: https://hewandweld.com/news/ Find out more about Hannah: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hannah.genevieve/ Sustaining Craft is a passion project of Hew & Weld Writing. There are no fees for artists and craftspeople to participate. Music provided by Jim Ciago (Seven Second Chance on iTunes and Spotify & Nomad Neighbors in the Denver area most weekends). Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sustainingcraft/ Facebook - http://facebook.com/sustainingcraft Find more from Hew & Weld: Website - https://www.hewandweld.com/news Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hewandweld/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hewandweld/Special Guest: Hannah Genevieve Lawrence.

19 MINMAR 27
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Episode 24: Hannah Genevieve Lawrence: Weaving Functional Art

Episode 23: Brandy Mimms: Listening with Your Eyes

Growing up in the hearing world, Brandy Mimms didn’t realize for years that there was an entire other community she could participate in. “I grew up mostly in the hearing world,” Brandy explained. “So we have the deaf world and we have the hearing world. I grew up in the hearing world because my family wanted me to be hearing so badly. I appreciate them, thank you, but they never really exposed me to the deaf world as a kid.” Still, she followed her interests, which included music. To listen, she simply has to feel it. “I have to feel the vibration,” she explained. “I can hear it a little bit in my hearing aids, yes, and I’m not saying it has to be rocking loud, but it has to be loud enough for me to really feel it where I can feel, okay, this is hard or this is soft. I need to feel that. If I don’t feel it, I feel like, ah I’m lost. I don’t know where I’m going. I feel very crazy. That’s how I listen to music -- feeling the beat. And I have bluetooth hearing aids, so ...

59 MINFEB 13
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Episode 23: Brandy Mimms: Listening with Your Eyes

Episode 22: Stacey Bowers: Stamping an Edge on the Delicate

EStacey Bowers wanted to make her friends laugh. She used some of her previous knowledge of jewelry making and learned how to stamp metal to make delicate pieces with interesting phrases on them. “I think it has a lot to do with my own personal taste in jewelry,” Stacey said. “I typically wear things that are small and discrete, and I think a lot of other people appreciate that, too. But my attitude is not small or discrete. It's a little combination of the inner and outer me.” She worked full-time as the communications director for the Thea Foundation while making jewelry every hour she wasn’t at work. As of February 2019, she decided to transition to jewelry design full-time with her company, Bang-Up Betty. Find more of Stacey’s work: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bangupbetty/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/bangupbettyjewelry Website - https://www.bangupbetty.com/ Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/BangUpBetty/ Stifft Station Gifts - https://www.stifftstationgifts.com/ Sustaining Craft is a passion project of Hew & Weld Writing. There are no fees for artists and craftspeople to participate. Music provided by Jim Ciago (Seven Second Chance on iTunes and Spotify & Nomad Neighbors in the Denver area most weekends). Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sustainingcraft/ Facebook - http://facebook.com/sustainingcraft Find more from Hew & Weld: Website - https://www.hewandweld.com/news Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hewandweld/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hewandweld/Special Guest: Stacey Bowers.

22 MINJAN 23
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Episode 22: Stacey Bowers: Stamping an Edge on the Delicate

Episode 21: Joshua Kurtz: Socializing through World Building

Joshua Kurtz joins Elizabeth Silverstein of Sustaining Craft for a follow-up interview. Over the years, Joshua has found that simply asking might lead to unexpected results, like when he asked his drama teacher if the school could perform the musical he wrote at age 17. Or when he needed to raise his rates as a professional Dungeons and Dragons dungeon master. “I realized at that point, ‘Huh, I’m a very niche market, this is a very niche market, I’m not charging enough for my services,’” Joshua explained. “And it’s hard, because I’m asking people to come back over and over and over again, and I’m asking an audience and it’s mostly kids. But I did wind up raising my rates, which got very little resistence. Everyone was very supportive, especially when I said why.” As of January 2020, Joshua is a full-time dungeon master, teaching Dungeons & Dragons and other table-top role-playing games to audiences of all ages. Find more of Joshua’s work: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/dndforhire/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/dndforhire/ Website - https://dndforhire.com/ Email - dndforhire@gmail.com Sustaining Craft is a passion project of Hew&Weld Writing. There are no fees for artists and craftspeople to participate. Music provided by Jim Ciago (Seven Second Chance on iTunes and Spotify & Nomad Neighbors in the Denver area most weekends). Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sustainingcraft/ Facebook - http://facebook.com/sustainingcraft Find more from Hew&Weld: Website - hewandweld.com/news Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hewandweld/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hewandweld/Special Guest: Joshua Kurtz.

50 MINJAN 4
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Episode 21: Joshua Kurtz: Socializing through World Building

Episode 20: Hannah Allen: Putting Petal to the Metal

Hannah Allen stumbled into the flower industry with a customer service job. “I had no intention of touching flowers whatsoever,” Hannah said. “Only because my manager was just like, ‘This is your job. Don’t expect much.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, sure, fine.’ I was young and dumb, so I was like, ‘I’ll just do whatever. Just give me a paycheck.’” Then the head florist, Marie, asked her for some help. “She got really overwhelmed one day and she was like, ‘Come on over,’” Hannah said. “She was drilling me on the flowers, on what’s what, I had to label them. She taught me all the basic arrangements that I needed to know.” Marie was transferred, and Hannah became head designer at the shop. She’d always loved weddings since she was young. As the flower girl at the weddings of her mother’s friends, Hannah was determined to do the best job she could. When a bride came into the shop looking for affordable wedding flowers, Hannah remembered how much she loved weddings. “A girl ...

35 MIN2019 NOV 30
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Episode 20: Hannah Allen: Putting Petal to the Metal

Episode 19: Michael Eubanks: Using Art to Combat Fear

Michael joined the military at the age of 16. By the age of 31, with a three-month-old daughter, Michael was let go from the military in what the armed forces calls a reduction in strength. He was sent back to the United States with his family, with no understanding of life as a civilian for the past 15 years. “I panic," Michael explained. "I experience a lot of stress. We were trained to not recognize stress. We didn’t talk about stress. We didn’t talk about trauma. So you’re outprocessed--in other words, you come through this process of coming back to what we call ‘the block.’ And I would say you try to hold your head up, you try to be proud. You try to be an adult. You try to play the male role but you are in a nether world. Even though you’re back with the family that birthed you and raised you, you’re back with a whole different mindset, a whole different paradigm of what life’s about, and you are disconnected. You suffer from disassocation disorder. You’re out of you...

54 MIN2019 NOV 7
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Episode 19: Michael Eubanks: Using Art to Combat Fear
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