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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 013: Our Creative Genealogy

What can we learn from those who inspire us?

What can we learn from those who inspire us? Then what happens when we take it a step further by looking at who inspired them? Climb your creative family tree and see who’s hanging out in the branches. You might be surprised. In this episode, we explore this idea from Austin Kleon’s book ‘Steal Like an Artist.’ We talk about who inspires us and then who inspired them. This is an invitation for you to look at your own creative genealogy. 

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Episode 012: Steal Like an Artist

What can we learn from Austin Kleon?

We had so much fun talking about the ideas in Austin Kleon’s book ‘Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative.’ From our first impressions to a detailed discussion of each big idea, we ‘steal’ what we can to refine our creative processes. 

Warning: Don’t read this book unless you’re prepared to be inspired.

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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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