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Mighty Creative, with Kim Werker

Mighty Creative, with Kim Werker

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A podcast about creativity – what motivates us to make things, how to make space in our lives for creative adventures, and how to have more fun with it all. Hosted by Kim Werker, author of Make It Mighty Ugly and host of the Online Community of Creative Adventurers.

Latest Episodes

Derivative Crafts & Remixing

The episode is about the derivative nature of crafts – and not in a bad way. In a good way, which involves learning from each other and remixing what we learn to create new things. And it's about craft instructions beingguidelines that are not the law! We can chose to change anything we want in the projects we make. Sometimes things may not turn out like we want them to, but that's half the fun.

11 MIN5 d ago
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Derivative Crafts & Remixing

Prerequisite Procrastination

Welcome to the new podcast! This episode is about the very thing that kept me from making the podcast for nearly three years. Prerequisite procrastination. What a pain. I put my finger on what to call this particular subspecies of procrastination during a video conversation with members of our online community (we do things like talk about the specific ways we procrastinate; you should get in on this). Listen for what this wee beast is, and what we can do to defeat it so we start making things we really want to make (like, as I said, this podcast). Show Notes Each episode this season begins with a short clip of a maker or artist talking about a recent project they were obsessed with. I recorded all of these in April of 2019 at Camp Thundercraft, a retreat for creative businesspeople held each spring and hosted by the folks behind Urban Craft Uprising. I'm very excited to be going back to teach two classes at the 2020 retreat coming up. Kicking things off is a clip of ceramicist Sean Forest Roberts of Forest Ceramic Co. talking about some incredibly intricate mugs he makes out of dozens of layers of colour. You have to see it to really get it. Since I met him and learned of his work, I have been desperately coveting a Galaxy mug . Here are some of my favourite things to do when I'm stuck in a procrastination rut: Set a timer. I can do anything for 20 minutes, and often all I need to get out of my head and into making something is decide to just do it for a few minutes. Doing it a little bit is far better than not doing it at all. Along similar lines, this tired cliche: Done is better than perfect. It is so tired. And it is so true. (You will notice that the sound quality of the Camp Thundercraft clips this season are not the best. I considered the task of cleaning up the audio one of the prerequisites that kept me from making this podcast for ten months. I have cleaned them up, believe it or not, but really, I just needed to stop worrying about it and just make the episodes.) Consider whether I really want to do the thing I'm putting off. There's a section in Make It Mighty Ugly where I write about gut feelings. Sometimes we need to do something that makes us uncomfortable, because we grow from it. Sometimes, though, we feel uncomfortable because it's a terrible idea. We do ourselves a great service when we get to know the difference. Throwing my first try under the bus. Sometimes, I procrastinate because I'm so excited about the idea of making something that I become terrified that the thing I make will be awful. So I make my first attempt an effort at making it terrible – doing it too fast, or not reading the instructions closely, or using crap materials, or whatever. This way I can't be disappointed, and I will at least be making something. After this first terrible attempt, there's nowhere to go but up. Discuss this episode in our online community right here! Support the podcast by becoming a Supporting Member, and enjoy super perks, too. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Soundcloud or search for it in whatever podcast app you love. And if you're enjoying it, please rate it so more people can find it and get more in touch with their creativity. None of the things I'm mentioning here are ads, but in some cases I am using affiliate links – these help to support my work and the podcast.

11 MIN1 w ago
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Prerequisite Procrastination

Mighty Creative: A New Name and a New Season

The podcast is back, with a new name! It's still about what motivates us to make things, how to make space in our lives for creative adventures, and how to have more fun with it all. But the format will be simpler and the episodes pretty short. Listen for more!

1 MIN3 w ago
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Mighty Creative: A New Name and a New Season

Episode 202: Betsy Greer

Betsy Greer is a writer and maker who lives in Durham, North Carolina. For the past fourteenyears, she’s written about craftivism, the place where craft and activism intersect, and she loves discovering the ways in which people use (and have used) the two together. Currently, her main craft project is You Are So Very Beautiful, in which people make affirmation signs then leave them out all over the worldfor others to find. Show Notes and Links Myhat out of handspun yarn. Action + Craft newsletter You Are So Very Beautiful Betsy's book, Craftivism. The article Betsy spoke about writing:‘This company saved my life.’ The Noble Woodsman finds a life with purpose. Find Betsy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Check out this short video about You Are So Very Beautiful:

29 MIN2017 JUN 20
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Episode 202: Betsy Greer

Episode 201: Cheryl Arkison

In this first episode of Compulsory in two years, we return to our roots with an honest conversation with quilter Cheryl Arkison about the power of habit in creative life, and about embracing the mess of, well, pretty much everything. Show Notes and Links Cheryl’s article about Morning Makes Sophie’s Universe blanket pattern Cutting up jeans Swatch loom AuthorRachael Herron on Compulsory Learn more about Cheryl Arkison and her work at cherylarkison.comand connect with her on Instagramand Twitter.

28 MIN2017 APR 7
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Episode 201: Cheryl Arkison

A Resurrection

After two years on hiatus, Compulsory Podcast is coming back! Listen for a brief update about what's changed (and what's staying the same), and how you can help keep the showgoing long into the future. Be sure to subscribe to the show so you get the next episode as soon as it's out (here are the iTunes, Stitcher and Soundcloud links). To get unedited clips, episodes and commentary before each new show comes out,support the continuing production of Compulsory over on Patreon.

5 MIN2017 MAR 10
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A Resurrection

Compulsory Podcast Special Burrito Bulletin: Lauren Venell

ELauren Venellis an artist and designer specializing in editorial props and product development. Her work has been published in titles by Chronicle Books, Klutz/Scholastic, Uppercase, Monsa Books and Quarry Books, among others, and featured in several media outlets includingThe New York Times,The San Francisco Chronicle,Everyday with Rachel Rayand on Canal+ Television. She has launched several of her own successful toy lines including her current line, theDeep Creeps, which can be found in stores across the globe. In addition to her creative work, Lauren speaks at events about small business financial topics. She has aired two bookkeeping classes through Creative Live and contributes in-depth small business articles to several creative blogs, including design*sponge and Craftzine. From 2009-2011, she co-founded and programmed theConference of Creative Entrepreneurs. Lauren lives in San Francisco with her husband, her daughter and an ornery parrotlet named Elvis. I spoke with Lauren a...

17 MIN2015 APR 1
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Compulsory Podcast Special Burrito Bulletin: Lauren Venell

Compulsory Podcast Episode 7: Rachael Herron

Rachael Herronis the bestselling author of the novel Splinters of Light, the five-book Cypress Hollow romance series, and the memoir, A Life in Stitches. As we discuss in the podcast, I've read Rachael's blog for about a decade. So much is my admiration for her dedication to her writing, craft, job and family that I interviewed her for my book Make It Mighty Ugly. She walks her talk, man. She walks her talk. Special for all you listeners out there, Rachael is offering her Udemy course, How to Stop Stalling and Write Your Book, freetill the end of March 2015. Relevant links: Rachael Herron's website and blog Rachael on Twitter, Instagram, FacebookandRavelry Rachael's books onAmazon Photo album of Rachael's #sketchdaily project To get future episodes of Compulsory immediately when they drop, subscribe to Compulsory oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundcloud. And if you enjoy the podcast, please give it a rating or a full review, so more people can find it.

25 MIN2015 MAR 25
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Compulsory Podcast Episode 7: Rachael Herron

Compulsory Podcast Bonus Episode: Joel Watson

Joel Watsonis a cartoonist who writes and draws a webcomic called HijiNKS Ensue, which he describes as "a semi-autobiographical comic about a lifelong geek and aspiring artist who turns his back on an unfulfilling but financially stable career in order to pursue art full time and set a better example for his daughter." My conversation with Joel from Episode 6went about fifteen minutes longer than what's included; this bonus episode is the remainder of our chat. We talked primarily about stay-at-home working parenting, and I enjoyed the conversation so much thatI didn't want it to languish alone and un-listened-to on my harddrive forever. Relevant links: Joel Watson's website and webcomic Joel on Twitter, FacebookandInstagram Craftcation Conference, at the end of March 2015, where I'll moderate a panel on this exact topic with some very smart, very interesting women. To get future episodes immediately when they drop, subscribe to Compulsory on iTunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud. And if ...

16 MIN2015 FEB 19
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Compulsory Podcast Bonus Episode: Joel Watson

Compulsory Podcast, Episode 6: Joel Watson

Joel Watsonis a cartoonist who writes and draws a webcomic called HijiNKS Ensue, which he describes as "a semi-autobiographical comic about a lifelong geek and aspiring artist who turns his back on an unfulfilling but financially stable career in order to pursue art full time and set a better example for his daughter." I’ve read Joel’s comic for years, and I interviewed him for my book, Make It Mighty Ugly. It’s something he said during that interview that inspired me to reach out to him again, to talk specifically about his compulsion to make art and tell stories, and how he balances his need to do those things with the needs of the audience he relies on for his livelihood. Relevant links: Joel Watson's website and webcomic Joel on Twitter, FacebookandInstagram To get future episodes immediately when they drop, subscribe to Compulsory on iTunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud. And if you enjoy the podcast, please give it a rating or a full review, so more people can find it.

25 MIN2015 JAN 28
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Compulsory Podcast, Episode 6: Joel Watson

Latest Episodes

Derivative Crafts & Remixing

The episode is about the derivative nature of crafts – and not in a bad way. In a good way, which involves learning from each other and remixing what we learn to create new things. And it's about craft instructions beingguidelines that are not the law! We can chose to change anything we want in the projects we make. Sometimes things may not turn out like we want them to, but that's half the fun.

11 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Derivative Crafts & Remixing

Prerequisite Procrastination

Welcome to the new podcast! This episode is about the very thing that kept me from making the podcast for nearly three years. Prerequisite procrastination. What a pain. I put my finger on what to call this particular subspecies of procrastination during a video conversation with members of our online community (we do things like talk about the specific ways we procrastinate; you should get in on this). Listen for what this wee beast is, and what we can do to defeat it so we start making things we really want to make (like, as I said, this podcast). Show Notes Each episode this season begins with a short clip of a maker or artist talking about a recent project they were obsessed with. I recorded all of these in April of 2019 at Camp Thundercraft, a retreat for creative businesspeople held each spring and hosted by the folks behind Urban Craft Uprising. I'm very excited to be going back to teach two classes at the 2020 retreat coming up. Kicking things off is a clip of ceramicist Sean Forest Roberts of Forest Ceramic Co. talking about some incredibly intricate mugs he makes out of dozens of layers of colour. You have to see it to really get it. Since I met him and learned of his work, I have been desperately coveting a Galaxy mug . Here are some of my favourite things to do when I'm stuck in a procrastination rut: Set a timer. I can do anything for 20 minutes, and often all I need to get out of my head and into making something is decide to just do it for a few minutes. Doing it a little bit is far better than not doing it at all. Along similar lines, this tired cliche: Done is better than perfect. It is so tired. And it is so true. (You will notice that the sound quality of the Camp Thundercraft clips this season are not the best. I considered the task of cleaning up the audio one of the prerequisites that kept me from making this podcast for ten months. I have cleaned them up, believe it or not, but really, I just needed to stop worrying about it and just make the episodes.) Consider whether I really want to do the thing I'm putting off. There's a section in Make It Mighty Ugly where I write about gut feelings. Sometimes we need to do something that makes us uncomfortable, because we grow from it. Sometimes, though, we feel uncomfortable because it's a terrible idea. We do ourselves a great service when we get to know the difference. Throwing my first try under the bus. Sometimes, I procrastinate because I'm so excited about the idea of making something that I become terrified that the thing I make will be awful. So I make my first attempt an effort at making it terrible – doing it too fast, or not reading the instructions closely, or using crap materials, or whatever. This way I can't be disappointed, and I will at least be making something. After this first terrible attempt, there's nowhere to go but up. Discuss this episode in our online community right here! Support the podcast by becoming a Supporting Member, and enjoy super perks, too. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Soundcloud or search for it in whatever podcast app you love. And if you're enjoying it, please rate it so more people can find it and get more in touch with their creativity. None of the things I'm mentioning here are ads, but in some cases I am using affiliate links – these help to support my work and the podcast.

11 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Prerequisite Procrastination

Mighty Creative: A New Name and a New Season

The podcast is back, with a new name! It's still about what motivates us to make things, how to make space in our lives for creative adventures, and how to have more fun with it all. But the format will be simpler and the episodes pretty short. Listen for more!

1 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Mighty Creative: A New Name and a New Season

Episode 202: Betsy Greer

Betsy Greer is a writer and maker who lives in Durham, North Carolina. For the past fourteenyears, she’s written about craftivism, the place where craft and activism intersect, and she loves discovering the ways in which people use (and have used) the two together. Currently, her main craft project is You Are So Very Beautiful, in which people make affirmation signs then leave them out all over the worldfor others to find. Show Notes and Links Myhat out of handspun yarn. Action + Craft newsletter You Are So Very Beautiful Betsy's book, Craftivism. The article Betsy spoke about writing:‘This company saved my life.’ The Noble Woodsman finds a life with purpose. Find Betsy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Check out this short video about You Are So Very Beautiful:

29 MIN2017 JUN 20
Comments
Episode 202: Betsy Greer

Episode 201: Cheryl Arkison

In this first episode of Compulsory in two years, we return to our roots with an honest conversation with quilter Cheryl Arkison about the power of habit in creative life, and about embracing the mess of, well, pretty much everything. Show Notes and Links Cheryl’s article about Morning Makes Sophie’s Universe blanket pattern Cutting up jeans Swatch loom AuthorRachael Herron on Compulsory Learn more about Cheryl Arkison and her work at cherylarkison.comand connect with her on Instagramand Twitter.

28 MIN2017 APR 7
Comments
Episode 201: Cheryl Arkison

A Resurrection

After two years on hiatus, Compulsory Podcast is coming back! Listen for a brief update about what's changed (and what's staying the same), and how you can help keep the showgoing long into the future. Be sure to subscribe to the show so you get the next episode as soon as it's out (here are the iTunes, Stitcher and Soundcloud links). To get unedited clips, episodes and commentary before each new show comes out,support the continuing production of Compulsory over on Patreon.

5 MIN2017 MAR 10
Comments
A Resurrection

Compulsory Podcast Special Burrito Bulletin: Lauren Venell

ELauren Venellis an artist and designer specializing in editorial props and product development. Her work has been published in titles by Chronicle Books, Klutz/Scholastic, Uppercase, Monsa Books and Quarry Books, among others, and featured in several media outlets includingThe New York Times,The San Francisco Chronicle,Everyday with Rachel Rayand on Canal+ Television. She has launched several of her own successful toy lines including her current line, theDeep Creeps, which can be found in stores across the globe. In addition to her creative work, Lauren speaks at events about small business financial topics. She has aired two bookkeeping classes through Creative Live and contributes in-depth small business articles to several creative blogs, including design*sponge and Craftzine. From 2009-2011, she co-founded and programmed theConference of Creative Entrepreneurs. Lauren lives in San Francisco with her husband, her daughter and an ornery parrotlet named Elvis. I spoke with Lauren a...

17 MIN2015 APR 1
Comments
Compulsory Podcast Special Burrito Bulletin: Lauren Venell

Compulsory Podcast Episode 7: Rachael Herron

Rachael Herronis the bestselling author of the novel Splinters of Light, the five-book Cypress Hollow romance series, and the memoir, A Life in Stitches. As we discuss in the podcast, I've read Rachael's blog for about a decade. So much is my admiration for her dedication to her writing, craft, job and family that I interviewed her for my book Make It Mighty Ugly. She walks her talk, man. She walks her talk. Special for all you listeners out there, Rachael is offering her Udemy course, How to Stop Stalling and Write Your Book, freetill the end of March 2015. Relevant links: Rachael Herron's website and blog Rachael on Twitter, Instagram, FacebookandRavelry Rachael's books onAmazon Photo album of Rachael's #sketchdaily project To get future episodes of Compulsory immediately when they drop, subscribe to Compulsory oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundcloud. And if you enjoy the podcast, please give it a rating or a full review, so more people can find it.

25 MIN2015 MAR 25
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Compulsory Podcast Episode 7: Rachael Herron

Compulsory Podcast Bonus Episode: Joel Watson

Joel Watsonis a cartoonist who writes and draws a webcomic called HijiNKS Ensue, which he describes as "a semi-autobiographical comic about a lifelong geek and aspiring artist who turns his back on an unfulfilling but financially stable career in order to pursue art full time and set a better example for his daughter." My conversation with Joel from Episode 6went about fifteen minutes longer than what's included; this bonus episode is the remainder of our chat. We talked primarily about stay-at-home working parenting, and I enjoyed the conversation so much thatI didn't want it to languish alone and un-listened-to on my harddrive forever. Relevant links: Joel Watson's website and webcomic Joel on Twitter, FacebookandInstagram Craftcation Conference, at the end of March 2015, where I'll moderate a panel on this exact topic with some very smart, very interesting women. To get future episodes immediately when they drop, subscribe to Compulsory on iTunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud. And if ...

16 MIN2015 FEB 19
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Compulsory Podcast Bonus Episode: Joel Watson

Compulsory Podcast, Episode 6: Joel Watson

Joel Watsonis a cartoonist who writes and draws a webcomic called HijiNKS Ensue, which he describes as "a semi-autobiographical comic about a lifelong geek and aspiring artist who turns his back on an unfulfilling but financially stable career in order to pursue art full time and set a better example for his daughter." I’ve read Joel’s comic for years, and I interviewed him for my book, Make It Mighty Ugly. It’s something he said during that interview that inspired me to reach out to him again, to talk specifically about his compulsion to make art and tell stories, and how he balances his need to do those things with the needs of the audience he relies on for his livelihood. Relevant links: Joel Watson's website and webcomic Joel on Twitter, FacebookandInstagram To get future episodes immediately when they drop, subscribe to Compulsory on iTunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud. And if you enjoy the podcast, please give it a rating or a full review, so more people can find it.

25 MIN2015 JAN 28
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Compulsory Podcast, Episode 6: Joel Watson
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