28 episodes

Material Feels is a podcast that explores the intimate relationships between people, their creative practices and the materials they have fallen in love with. Each episode focuses on a maker and their material of choice. Producer and host Catherine Monahon spends quality time with each guest, explores the history and cultural context of the particular material and shares personal asides here and there. A theater kid, art educator and psychology nerd, Monahon crafts a show that is educational, inquisitive and expressive. Each episode features an original piece of music composed by Associate Producer Elizabeth de Lise.

Send in voice memos, responses to prompts and messages to Catherine at https://www.speakpipe.com/MaterialFeels

Material Feels Catherine Monahon

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 37 Ratings

Material Feels is a podcast that explores the intimate relationships between people, their creative practices and the materials they have fallen in love with. Each episode focuses on a maker and their material of choice. Producer and host Catherine Monahon spends quality time with each guest, explores the history and cultural context of the particular material and shares personal asides here and there. A theater kid, art educator and psychology nerd, Monahon crafts a show that is educational, inquisitive and expressive. Each episode features an original piece of music composed by Associate Producer Elizabeth de Lise.

Send in voice memos, responses to prompts and messages to Catherine at https://www.speakpipe.com/MaterialFeels

    Sound Scene Installation - Wooden Arch (3/4)

    Sound Scene Installation - Wooden Arch (3/4)

    Before you listen to this episode, try to be near something made of wood that means something to you, or simply feels nice. A piece of furniture or a hand-carved object works. The soundscape featured in this episode is also better listened to with company, so… get a listening buddy if you can! 

    On June 4th and 5th of 2022, we exhibited an interactive installation of Material Feels, titled Conversations with the Material World, as a part of Sound Scene, at the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. The work features four sculptures, each accompanied by a narrated soundscape designed with the material, maker and process in mind. The wooden arch referenced in this episode was created by Dominque Tutwiler; to see what the sculpture looked like, check out pictures of the on Instagram, @materialfeels, or images on the podcast’s website, www.materialfeelspodcast.com.

     

     

    Learn more about Dominique’s work as a furniture designer: https://www.oaksmithfurniture.com/

     

    Learn more about Sound Scene: https://soundscenefest.org/about/

     

    Check out a virtual tour of the piece on the Material Feels Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CebVWcIlsAf/?hl=en

    • 14 min
    Sound Scene Installation - Glass Rope (2/4)

    Sound Scene Installation - Glass Rope (2/4)

    Before you listen to this episode, sit with something made of glass that means something to you, or simply feels nice. And get a listening buddy if you can!

    On June 4th and 5th of 2022, we exhibited an interactive installation of Material Feels, titled Conversations with the Material World, as a part of Sound Scene, at the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. The work features four sculptures, each accompanied by a narrated soundscape designed with the material, maker and process in mind. This episode is the second in a four part series, featuring each soundscape. Associate Producer Liz and I are working on various iterations of the project and looking to show Conversations with the Material World at festivals, museums and interactive art spaces. The glass rope referenced in this episode was created by Deborah Czeresko.

     

    Learn more about Deborah's work: https://deborahczeresko.com/

     

    Learn more about Sound Scene: https://soundscenefest.org/about/

     

    Check out a virtual tour of the piece on the Material Feels Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CebVWcIlsAf/?hl=en

    • 10 min
    Sound Scene Installation - Fiber Scroll (1/4)

    Sound Scene Installation - Fiber Scroll (1/4)

    Before you listen to this episode, find a piece of fabric that means something to you to hold while you listen. And get a listening buddy if you can!

    On June 4th and 5th, we exhibited an interactive installation of Material Feels, titled Conversations with the Material World, as a part of Sound Scene, at the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. The work features four sculptures, each accompanied by a narrated soundscape designed with the material, maker and process in mind. This episode is the first in a four part special, featuring each soundscape: Fiber Scroll, Wood Arch, Glass Rope and Clay Spirals. Associate Producer Liz and I are working on various iterations of the project and looking to show Conversations with the Material World at festivals, museums and interactive art spaces. The fiber scroll featured in this episode was created by Selena Loomis.

     

    Learn more about Selena’s work: https://www.selenaloomis.space/about

     

    Learn more about Sound Scene: https://soundscenefest.org/about/

     

    Check out a virtual tour of the piece on the Material Feels Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CebVWcIlsAf/?hl=en

    • 12 min
    Listeners - share your (material) love story

    Listeners - share your (material) love story

    What material are you in love with? Share the story of your relationship with it with fellow Material Feelers.

    Visit www.speakpipe.com/materialfeels and leave me a voice memo. Be on the show in coming months and share the sonic stage!

    • 5 min
    In process - on trust, new endeavors and the pull of magma

    In process - on trust, new endeavors and the pull of magma

    I share five stories from five creative "categories" of my life - creating an interactive art installation, exploring audiobook narration, building a studio in my garage, learning from my pottery students and my new obsession with volcanoes.

    **And an exciting announcement! Material Feels is heading to D.C. in June for Sound Scene, an audio festival at the Smithsonian Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Visit www.soundscenefest.org to register if you can be in Washington D.C. June 4th-5th. The installation, Conversations with the Material World, is an invitation to rebuild a relationship with your tactile experiences and creative impulses; the piece features work by Deborah Czeresko, Dominque Tutwiler, Selena Loomis and Catherine Monahon, as well as music and soundscapes by Elizabeth de Lise.**

     

    • 18 min
    Crossover ft. Art Heals All Wounds - focusing on artists in audio

    Crossover ft. Art Heals All Wounds - focusing on artists in audio

    Today’s episode of Material Feels features a conversation with a fellow Bay Area podcaster, Pam Uzzell, creator of Art Heals All Wounds, a show about artists transforming lives with their work. Pam and I share our “why”: why we focus on the arts, and artists; why we believe so strongly in the power and impact of art education at any age.



    We also invite listeners to support two arts organizations: 



    Art In Action - https://artinaction.org/



    NIAD Art Center - https://niadart.org/



    Support Material Feels: Shop Waveform Ceramics, our Etsy shop, or please consider supporting the show through our Patreon! We appreciate you

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

puzzelld ,

This podcast inspires me!

Catherine is such an amazing host! They make connections between their guests’ work and other issues. When I listen to this show, I have such a greater understanding of the importance of finding a creative practice!

eustacia8 ,

Incredibly inspiring!

Thank you! This is a service to humanity.

ThinkingBob ,

The content is amazing ...

The content is amazing – the episodes are all well researched, with extremely well-organized interviews and great guests. The host and producer, Catherine, really finds a great story to tell for each episode. The musical contributions by co-producer Liz are beautifully written and performed original compositions – keep them coming! I look forward to each new episode to see what other aspect of artist materials Catherine will explore next.

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