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Episode 016: How can we use metaphor to better understand our creative practice?

First, what is metaphor?

In this episode we look at creativity and process through the lens of metaphor. Using quotations, we explore how metaphor can enrich our creative process and projects looking at some big questions. How can metaphors inspire how we create? How can artists and writers use metaphor to make something new? Metaphor can help us to go deeper and understand our own creative process in simple but powerful ways. You’ll even hear a few “aha’s” that Aprille and Jessica experience as they discuss this topic. 

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Episode 015: How can we use the power of story?

What can we learn from Pixar?

What people, places, arts, and things inspire you? What is the magic that happens when we let it How can we use story and story structure in our arts? In this episode we explore this big question by looking at through the lens of Pixar’s ‘rules’ for great storytelling. We realize that story connects to all aspects of our creativity during the process and in the product. Aprille shares how she uses story to inspire her artwork and Jessica shares how she uses story to prepare a song for performance.

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Episode 011: What inspires your creativity?

Where do life and creativity meet?

What people, places, arts, and things inspire you? What is the magic that happens when we let it get personal? What are some examples of our work and what inspired it? Join us as we reflect on inspiration, the source of ideas, and creative process. Aprille reflects on a fabric piece she is working on that started as a test piece. Jessica reflects on writing and staging a play inspired by the women in her family. 

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Episode 009: What are some ways to build creative confidence?

What does David Kelly recommend in his TED Talk?

In this episode we respond to David Kelly’s TED Talk “How to Build Your Creative Confidence.” We explore his big ideas including: fear of judgement, guided mastery, empathy, and then the importance of regaining lost creative confidence. Creativity and innovation touch every area of our lives. From reflecting on innovation in medicine and education to our own personal creative journeys, we explore ways that we can build on small success to reach our creative goals.

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Episode 006: How can fear impact our creativity?

What if we called it resistance instead?

In this episode, we begin the conversation about creativity and fear. Why does creativity make us fearful sometimes? How can fear help our creative work? What are some strategies for overcoming our fears to be able to create? From looking at the use of the word ‘creativity’ through time to discussing ideas from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” we help each other navigate the shadow side of our relationship with creativity.

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Episode 005: How does nature inspire creativity?

Go outside for ideas!

Nature provides an abundance of sources for creative connections and expression. How does nature inspire you? In this episode we explore ways we learn from nature and create inspired by places we love. We talk about some creatives that have used nature in their work, from Antoni Gaudi in Spain to R. Murray Schafer in Canada, we share some people we admire that use nature in interesting ways. Finally, we talk about some ways you can begin to connect nature to your creative work today.

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Episode 004: What are some ways for staying creative?

How do you stay creative?

Where do you create? What are the conditions for creativity? In this episode we discuss every day places and routines to nurture creativity. We wanted to explore ways to sustain creativity over time. From reflecting on how to prioritize our creative work to discussing ways to transition between life and creativity, we share some practical tips that work for us. How do you use the arts to practice and engage in a creative process?

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Episode 003: How are joy and creativity connected?

What brings you joy?

This week we explore the idea of joy and its link to creativity. What makes your face light up? Join us as we discuss everything from the way creative activities can spark joy to what we can learn from the hummingbird about joy. For this conversation, we even invited some friends to share their ideas about what brings them joy. What does joy mean to you?

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Episode 002: How do we know everyone is creative?

Episode 2 - Everyone is creative

It’s true. Everyone is creative.

Everyone is creative but we all express that creativity differently. Are some people more creative than others? In this episode, we explore some research on creativity and share some examples of how people we know show their creativity. 

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Episode 001: What is creativity?

Aprille and Jessica begin to explore the nature of creativity.

How do you define creativity? Is it only for the ‘artsy’ types or are there other aspects that should be considered? How is courage related to being creative? 

We have some ideas we want to share with you so listen in on our conversation. 

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