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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 014: Your Creative Business: How do you build an audience for your work?

How can we expand our connections?

We create by making connections and to connect to other people. If we change the business word “marketing” to “connection” it becomes less overwhelming. In this episode we talk about what it means to connect to your audience and how it fits into a creative practice. 

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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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Episode 010: Creativity and Building a Business – Where to Start

How do you begin?

In this episode we begin a regular feature of chatting about creativity and business. Do you want to turn your passion for arts into full-time work? Have you wondered about were to start in creating a business or selling your work? We explore some practical first steps and next steps. From generating new ideas to building a plan, we explore ways to expand your dreams then bring them to life.

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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 008: Lessons from Corita Kent (Part 2)

How can students of creativity and teachers of creativity learn to free their creative spirits?

We continue the conversation about the influence of Corita Kent on students and teachers of creativity. What can we learn about sources and ways to play in the arts? How does “Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit” by Corita Kent and Jan Steward inspire us? We explore a chapter at a time, unpacking some of the big ideas and how we can use them to free our creative spirits.

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Episode 007: Lessons from Corita Kent (Part 1)

How can “rules” help all students of creativity and teachers of creativity?

This episode is our first Creativity Profile with a focus on Corita Kent. We discuss the 10 Rules for the Immaculate Heart College Art Department through the lenses of a student of creativity and a teacher of creativity. We explore the big ideas of trust, play, and learning, looking at each rule one at a time. This is the first of two episodes that focus on what we have learned from “Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit” by Corita Kent and Jan Steward.

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