The Lisa Congdon Sessions is a podcast for creative folks about living and working with more intention, curiosity, and joy. Most interesting to Lisa is what happens at the intersection between life as an artist and life as a human, with all our baggage, aspirations, hopes and dreams. From big questions to practical ones about business, social media, time management, and finding your way through the winding creative path- each episode Lisa will share stories, tips, insights, and conversations from the heart.
Episode 28: On Hitting the Pause Button
Episode 27: Jen Hewett on Craft, Community and Connection
Lisa and Jen Hewett talk about Jen's latest book, This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community and Connection, published by Roost Books late 2021. Through this book, Jen celebrates and honors the diverse contributions of people of color in the craft community and explores the personal, political and creative potential of textile arts and crafts. Jen is one of a few prominent women of color in the fiber arts community and this book is her direct response to the need to highlight diverse voices. The book features interviews, essays and profiles and features a diverse spectrum of race, age, region, cultural identity, education and economic class. In this episode, Lisa and Jen talk about Jen’s journey in the craft community as a woman of color, especially after the racial reckoning of 2020, why this book is important, and how it might be different than what people expect. They also talked about some of the things that Jen learned when she was writing the book, why joy is an important element in the connection between women of color and craft, and... so much more! Enjoy!
Episode 26: Brandi Cheyenne Harper on Unapologetic Joy and Radical Self Care
This episode features artist, knitter and author, Brandi Cheyenne Harper. Lisa and Brandi spend an hour talking about being unapologetically joyful, self care as a radical act, and integrating self care into creativity and business. If you don’t know Brandi already, you are in for a treat. In addition to being immensely wise, she is also incredibly talented. She designs patterns and writes books on how to make handmade knitwear. She’s worked with Purl Soho, A Verb for Keeping Warm, Vogue Knitting, Etsy, West Elm, Better Homes and Gardens, and Country Living. Her new book, Knitting for Radical Self-Care, offers tips and suggestions for carving out time for creativity, alongside beautiful patterns to try yourself. The book includes ten original patterns inspired by revolutionary women of color, and Brandi speaks to these women and their immense impact on her life and our world.
Episode 25: Rae Senarighi on Finding Joy and Purpose in Activism, Work and Everyday Life
In this episode, Lisa Talks with the ever-inspiring and light-filled Rae Senarighi, trans fine artist, designer and muralist, activist, and cancer survivor whose work centers around accurate and celebratory representation of the trans community. They chat about Rae's work and life and what it means to be working toward trans liberation at a time when trans rights across the US and parts of the world are being threatened.
Episode 24: Lisa Olivera on Embracing Our Complete, Flawed Humanity
Some of you may know Lisa Olivera from her popular Instagram feed - and that’s how Lisa discovered Lisa and her work. Lisa Olivera is a font of wisdom and compassion. Through her own inner work unlearning false beliefs she had about herself --- many of which stemmed from learning she had been abandoned by her mother as a newborn – she has become a trusted teacher to those who follow her and therapist to her clients. She writes about self worth, radical acceptance, community and living in our full humanity. Lisa Olivera has just published her first book, Already Enough: A Path to Self Acceptance. In this new book, she explores how our stories affect us. She guides us through reframing the stories we tell ourselves about who we are and what we deserve so we can remember that we are already enough, just the way we are. Through the book, she guides us toward healing. The book is tender, hopeful, and inspiring, -- and it’s also utterly practical and down to earth. In this episode, Lisa chats with Lisa about the book, specifically her own story, working through the ever-present feelings of not being enough, shifting mindsets and changing the stories we tell ourselves about who we are so that we can live more fully – in our complete, flawed, humanity.
Episode 23: In Conversation with Legend Debbie Millman
In this episode Lisa talks with her friend, design legend, Debbie Millman -- about her latest book, her award winning podcast Design Matters and radically transforming her life in her fifties.
Beautiful, interesting podcast!
Love hearing Lisa’s and the interviewees’ perspectives on business, art, and human-ing!
Thank you Lisa for sharing yourself so generously with us. I’ve been making art for over 30 years and the pearls of wisdom you have placed here are really helping me see the path forward. Blesssssss
A must-listen for creatives! 🙌🏻
It’s obvious Lisa puts extraordinary effort in covering salient topics and finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world - the insights they bring to bear are still mind-blowing every. single. time.