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Hosted by Mother and Daughter Eileen Hsü-Balzer and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, the Adventures in Arting podcast is a lively discussion of all things art related. Topics range from creating art (painting, sewing, scrapbooking, lampworking, etc.) to viewing art (museums, galleries, the theatre, etc.) to the artful home (cooking, dressing, decorating etc.) to managing a career in the arts. All aspects of creativity are discussed between the two hosts, as well as with a variety of guests.

Podcast – Adventures in Arting Podcast Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

    • Visual Arts
    • 4.9 • 10 Ratings

Hosted by Mother and Daughter Eileen Hsü-Balzer and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, the Adventures in Arting podcast is a lively discussion of all things art related. Topics range from creating art (painting, sewing, scrapbooking, lampworking, etc.) to viewing art (museums, galleries, the theatre, etc.) to the artful home (cooking, dressing, decorating etc.) to managing a career in the arts. All aspects of creativity are discussed between the two hosts, as well as with a variety of guests.

    113: Ali of 3DottedPenguins

    113: Ali of 3DottedPenguins

    Today’s guest is Ali Baecker of 3 Dotted Penguins.   Ali is one of the talented #CarveDecemberClass teachers.  We discussed how motherhood transformed her creative passion and how she got bitten by the block carving bug!







    Ali of 3dottedpenguins is printmaker, educator and pattern lover based in Zurich, Switzerland.







    Ever since she stumbled upon block printing and stamp carving in summer of 2018, printmaking has become her almost daily (or rather nightly) creative practice.







    Ali enjoys creating repeat patterns, loves quirky fishes and other maritime designs.







    She mostly block prints on paper and likes to use her block printed designs as a basis for screen prints on fabric.







    A selection of 3dottedpenguins’ original block prints, screen printed textiles (such as bags and shirts) as well as cards are available for purchase.







    Ali regularly teaches block printing online workshops to students around the world, both in English and German.







    She is a firm believer in monthlong (and longer) challenges or creative projects as they have helped her establish a sustainable creative practice and regularly push her to try new things or deepen her block printing and pattern design skills.







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    • 1 hr 5 min
    112: Learning During Covid

    112: Learning During Covid

    Welcome to our very first crowdsourced podcast!  A while ago I asked for people to send in a short recording about their experiences with learning during the pandemic.  We got eight thoughtful and interesting responses from Barbara Fox, Elizabeth Montano, Holly Thomsen Doherty, JoAnn Campisi, Joceyln Robinson, Lucia-Ann, Peggy Joyce, and Sue Carroll.  Listen to what they had to say.







    If you enjoy the podcast, please tell a friend about the show.  This helps other people find the show.  Thanks so much!







    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”― Dr. Seuss







    I truly believe that life-long learning is the key to staying vibrant. Those who never make themselves uncomfortable by being beginners cease to grow.  We may be stuck at home, but whether it’s art or a language or microeconomics, there’s an endless supply of stuff to learn! 







    I hope you enjoyed this episode.  If there are topics you’d like us to cover or guests you’d like us to invite, please let us know.  Thanks for stopping by!

    • 49 min
    111: Sarah Matthew Printmaker Bookbinder

    111: Sarah Matthew Printmaker Bookbinder

    Mom and I had a wonderful long chat with Sarah Matthews.  I’ve seen Sarah’s colorful layered prints many times, but I didn’t know about her extensive work as a bookbinder.  On the podcast we talk about creating during quarantine, YouTube, artist books, and lots more.  Sarah has four girls and still manages to carve, print, or bind every single day. 







    If you enjoy the podcast, please tell a friend about the show.  This helps other people find the show.  Thanks so much!







    Sarah Matthews is a printmaker and book artist.















    Her work has been exhibited in the US and is a part of the permanent collections of Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, George Washington University’s Gelman Library, University of Puget Sound, and Samford University. She is also a YouTuber and a designer for ArtFoamies.com.















    Some things we discuss on this episode:







    * artist books* book prints vs. wall prints* thrifting* Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.: “Put ink on paper every day.”* Hedi Kyle* As promised, here is Sarah’s flag book tutorial:



















    Find Sarah Online:







    * website* instagram* youtube* facebook







    Our Recommendations from this episode:







    * Julie: 3-D Printed Watercolor Palettes, like this one.* Eileen: Harvard Museums Podcast Series: HMSC Connects







    I hope you enjoyed this episode.  If there are topics you’d like us to cover or guests you’d like us to invite, please let us know.  Thanks for stopping by!

    • 54 min
    110: The Catch by Matthew Ya-Hsiung Balzer

    110: The Catch by Matthew Ya-Hsiung Balzer

    Matthew Ya-Hsiung Balzer, my brother, is the guest on today’s podcast.  His film, THE CATCH, is going to be debuting at the Austin Film Festival next Thursday.  Tickets are just $10 and you can watch from the comfort of your living room!  We had a great chat about his creative journey, filmmaking, and what it takes to be in a creative career. 







    MATTHEW YA-HSIUNG BALZER (Writer/Director)…















    …grew up outside Boston and learned to fish in the waters around Vinalhaven, Maine.   He began writing screenplays while working at a bakery, and the pursuit of a hands-on filmmaking education took him to Los Angeles, where he took every job he could get on a film or TV set.  















    Matthew’s feature script for THE CATCH received recognition at numerous film festival competitions as well as receiving Faculty Honors from the Columbia University graduate film program, from which Balzer received his MFA in Directing. THE CATCH will make its World Premiere at the Austin Film Festival on October 22.  Balzer lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and their son.  







    Here are some stills from the film:















    And here is the trailer for the film:



















    THE CATCH – TRAILER from Matthew Ya-Hsiung Balzer on Vimeo.







    You might also enjoy this short video about Bob Morris, the fisherman who was so integral to the shooting of The Catch:



















    THE CATCH – BOB from Matthew Ya-Hsiung Balzer on Vimeo.







    You can also read this article about Bob from The Gloucester Times.















    Some things we discuss on this episode:







    * writing “The Great American Novel”* Erin Cressida Wilson* Robert Creely* fitting in or not fitting in* control* being flexible* creating opportunities for yourself* being curious







    Find Matthew & The Catch online:







    * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecatch_film/* Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheCatch_Film* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheCatchFeatureFilm/* Austin Film Festival Debut Ticket: https://bit.ly/TheCatchAFFTickets* Website: https://www.matthewbalzer.com/







    I hope you enjoyed this episode.  If there are topics you’d like us to cover or guests you’d like us to invite, please let us know.  Thanks for stopping by!







    Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Music here. And if you like the podcast, please post about it on your social media so that other people can find the show!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    109: Marta Harvey Tessellations

    109: Marta Harvey Tessellations

    Mom and I had the great pleasure of chatting with Marta Harvey.  Marta has participated in #CarveDecember for many years and her tessellations have gotten more and more impressive every single year.  On the podcast we discuss the tessellation lesson she has put together for the upcoming #CarveDecemberClass as well as her journey as an artist (hint: she had to raise her family before she could really get started). 







    Meet Marta Harvey:







    Originally from Portugal but now living in the Boston area, Marta loves to draw and design patterns.







    She creates hand-carved blocks that she then uses as a starting point for her art.







    Each hand-carved block creates a unique pattern, ranging from simple iron-work inspired patterns to complex tessellations varying from flowers and leaves to whimsical animals.







    Marta says: “I hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoy creating it.”







    Some things we discuss on this episode:







    * what makes someone an incredible teacher* art as a business* MC Escher, and in particular, this print:







    Also, Marta sent me this information after the podcast:







    “My first tessellation (the one that took days):







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    • 59 min
    108: Little Rowan Redhead

    108: Little Rowan Redhead

    I’m pretty sure that Rowan and I could have talked non-stop for about six hours.  But we had to limit ourselves to just one hour.  She’s smart, funny, hard working, thoughtful, and you’re going to love today’s podcast.  Give it a listen!















    Rowan Sivyer, AKA Little Rowan Redhead…















    …is a NZ born, Sydney-based printmaker, painter, avid crafter and educator.















    As a largely self-taught artist, Rowan believes in the power of a daily artistic practice, risk-taking and creative play.  















    She is greatly inspired by Australian flora and fauna which frequently features in her work but she is also drawn to colour and pattern.















    Some things we discuss on this episode:







    * art as therapy* #CarveDecember and the upcoming 2020 #CarveDecemberClass!* business vs. art* niche-ing down* The 100 Day Project* being kind to yourself* gratitude* Katherine Hepburn: “If you always do what you want, at least one person is happy.”







    Find Rowan Online:







    * www.littlerowanredhead.com* www.instagram.com/littlerowanredhead* www.facebook.com/littlerowanredhead







    Our Recommendations from this episode:







    * Julie: laptop stand* Eileen: crochetcoralreef.org







    I hope you enjoyed this episode.  If there are topics you’d like us to cover or guests you’d like us to invite, please let us know.  Thanks for stopping by!







    If you like the podcast, please post about it on your social media so that other people can find the show!

    • 1 hr 9 min

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scrapklp ,

Artistic Fears

Hi Julie, I'm a long time listener and always enjoy your podcast, and the banter with your mom. This podcast on artistic fears was spot on. Feel the fear and do it anyways! We all know that saying, but wow, is it hard to do. I too often feel my supplies are "too precious" and I don't want to "waste" them but obviously that's getting me no where fast! Thanks for the proverbial kick in the pants! I resolve to use it up & use it all!

CMach5769 ,

wonderful podcast

great combination of art world news and Julie's life news - enjoy every one!

Siri333 ,

Adventures in Arrington

Hi Julie,
I really enjoy the podcast that you do with your mom. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to it each month.
Iris

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