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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

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 86 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.

    Tina Walker is Resetting Herself

    Tina Walker is Resetting Herself

    On this episode of The Adventures in Arting Podcast, Mom and I chat with Tina Walker about her obsession with details, antiques, art challenges, and how she uses art-making to reset herself.  I really enjoyed our conversation and I think you will too! 







    Tina Walker is a creator, hobbyist photographer, and dog lover. ♥















    She loves all things mixed media, including art journaling, assemblage, and book making.















    Her project selection and medium choice are always changing, and you will frequently see her hosting on-line collaborations and challenges.















    She is a frequent contributor to various Stampington magazines and you can find more of her art in her various in-person and online workshops.















    When she isn’t creating, you will often find Tina perusing local Antique stores looking for project inspiration or combining nature with art.















    Some things we discuss on the podcast:







    * Whether your clothes and the way you decorate your house match the kind of art you make.* Being intrigued by the unnatural, such as Picasso in his Cubism phase or Klimt perched on the edge of realism.* Tina’s obsession with details.* The teeny tiny pots that Tina throws.* Mixing antiques/found objects into your work.* Tina’s day job as Director of International Trade for a major footwear retailer.* Tina’s “7 Ways” challenge to herself.* Tina’s studio (hint: it’s all over her house).* ELFA drawers from The Container Store.* “If you only have 5 minutes, do 5 minutes.”* Yes means no and no means yes.* “Nobody knows that you feel guilty about saying no unless you tell them.”* Boundaries.







    And here are our recommendations for this episode:







    * Tina: Watersoluble Graphite* Eileen: A New Interactive Sculpture at The Smithsonian* Julie: Video: Where are all the Bob Ross Paintings?  We Found Them. (video below)



















    Connect with Tina online: 







    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tina.walker.370* Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adogslife13/* YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/adogslife13/* Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/FrogDogStudio







    We have more great guests lined up for upcoming episodes.  You can expect a new episode every other Thursday!  AND, here is the big news:







    We will be hosting a LIVE video podcast on YouTube on Tuesday, May 25 at 2pm EST.  















    Come and chat with me and Mom! Tell all your friends!







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    • 1 hr 4 min
    120: Mistakes Are Okay with Tania Ahmed

    120: Mistakes Are Okay with Tania Ahmed

    On this episode of The Adventures in Arting Podcast, Mom and I chat with Tania Ahmed about her life in the craft industry.  Tania is smart and insightful and totally down-to-earth.  I really enjoyed my conversation with her and related to so much that she said and I think you will too.  I didn’t want the conversation to end because there was so much to talk about. 







    Tania Ahmed is an art video maker and tutor based in the UK.















    As a lifelong crafter, she has blended her multi crafts experience to hone her mixed media and papercraft work. 















    She draws her inspiration from diverse cultures, bright colors, bold graphic design, and eclectic patterns. 















    She has taught at several independent craft stores and workshops… 















    …demonstrated at international trade and consumer art and craft shows… 















    …been published in creative magazines, and currently designs for companies within the arts and crafts industry. 















    Some things we discuss on the podcast:







    * making videos without fancy equipment* creating daily Reels videos for instagram* setting goals* This fabulous thought from Ira Glass:







    “Nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish somebody had told this to me — is that all of us who do creative work … we get into it because we have good taste. But it’s like there’s a gap, that for the first couple years that you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t so good, OK? It’s not that great. It’s really not that great. It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but it’s not quite that good. But your taste — the thing that got you into the game — your taste is still killer, and your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you, you know what I mean?A lot of people never get past that phase. A lot of people at that point, they quit. And the thing I would just like say to you with all my heart is that most everybody I know who does interesting creative work, they went through a phase of years where they had really good taste and they could tell what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be — they knew it fell short, it didn’t have the special thing that we wanted it to have.And the thing I would say to you is everybody goes through that. And for you to go through it, if you’re going through it right now, if you’re just getting out of that phase — you gotta know it’s totally normal.And the most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work — do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week, or every month, you know you’re going to finish one story. Because it’s only by actually going through a volume of work that you are actually going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions. It takes a while, it’s gonna take you a while — it’s normal to take a while. And you just have to fight your way through that, okay?”







    * teaching online classes* design teams* networking* social media as a portfolio* self-worth, ambition,

    • 1 hr 5 min
    119: Out of the Kitchen & Into the Studio with Edva Sims

    119: Out of the Kitchen & Into the Studio with Edva Sims

    On this episode of The Adventures in Arting Podcast, Mom and I chat with Edva Sims about her pottery business, finding your personal style, and the belief that things made by hand are important.  Here’s a little bit about our guest, Edva:















    Hi, I’m Edva! I’ve been drawing, painting, sewing and sculpting since I was a little girl.  















    Inspired by my mother – a Potter herself, I fell in love with clay and its ability to tell a story. I thoughtfully sculpt and hand-build each pottery piece in my studio in Los Angeles.   















    My upbringing and roots are heavily present in my work, I was born in Israel, grew up in South Africa and now live in Southern California.  















    I love incorporating bold colors and unique clay textures into my pieces. Each piece I make, is filled with positive energy, which I hope will transcend from maker to buyer.















    Some things we discuss on the podcast:







    * Design Boot Camp* Monthly Membership* electric kiln vs. gas kiln* keeping the kiln inside your house/apartment* perfection* wheel throwing vs. hand building* finding your personal style* collections based on inspiration that particular month (or set of months)* shipping pottery* Geami Wrap made by Ranpak* handmade vs. mass produced* “A mug is a very personal thing.”* problem solving and curiosity







    And here are our recommendations for this episode:







    * Edva: Potter, Nicola Moore* Julie: Soda Stream plus Crystal Light* Eileen: 7 Podcasts to Binge in a Day







    Connect with Edva online: https://www.edvaspottery.com/, and on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/edvasims/







    We have more great guests lined up for upcoming episodes.  You can expect a new episode every other Thursday!







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

    • 53 min
    118: Bust the COVID Blahs

    118: Bust the COVID Blahs

    It has been several months since we’ve released a new podcast.  There’s a good reason and I’ll bet that you can relate: the COVID blahs.  But all hope is not lost, Mom and I have four solutions for you — ways to bust those blahs and get back to being creative. 







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    Some things we discuss on the podcast:







    The Gates. This is a photo I took of The Gates in 2005. I didn’t start blogging until 2006, so sadly there’s no blog post about it! 















    Yard Art – this is the blog post I wrote about it.  Don’t forget to grab your postcards!















    Also:







    * The podcast Behind the Lines* Dear G.I. Letters* Design Boot Camp* Monthly Membership Tiers







    And here are our recommendations for this episode:







    * Julie: Outside Lies Magic by John R. Stilgoe* Eileen: Harvard University Staff Art Show







    We have some great guests lined up for upcoming episodes.  You can expect a new episode every other Thursday!







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

    • 50 min
    117: Hello, 2021!

    117: Hello, 2021!

    Mom and I are talking about goals and hopes and plans for 2021 on today’s podcast.  Give it a listen.







    Some things we discuss on the podcast:







    * The 100 Day Project* A Year of Gelatin Printing* Rug Hooking* Sketchbookery* Project Life







    And here are our recommendations for this episode:







    * Julie: your local public library to “test” books before buying* Eileen: El Anatsui & Where are all the Women?







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    • 44 min
    116: Wrapping Up 2020

    116: Wrapping Up 2020

    Is it too early to wrap up 2020?  On the podcast Mom and I are discussing the lessons learned in 2020 and what we hope for 2021.







    If you’re interested in getting on the list to be e-mailed when a new session of Design Boot Camp opens in 2021, drop me a line.







    And here are our recommendations for this episode:







    * Julie: Ballroom Dancing Video* Eileen: Saturday of Symposia



















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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

jbharts ,

Love the podcast

I so look forward to hearing the Adventures in Arting podcasts with Julie and her mom. Interesting topics, broad discussions, educational, enlightening, inspiring. Just love these podcasts and never miss one!

Ellen Goodloe ,

Yours is the best

Yours was one of the first podcasts I listened to, if not THE first. I’ve listened to all of them from the beginning and I have to say that even with all the podcast offerings available nowadays, yours remains my favorite. I’m happy to see more regular installments lately. I love the information but mostly the conversational nature and ease with which you and your mom, and occasional guests, talk about art and life.

812mumpher ,

Wahoo!

Happy 100th anniversary ladies! I’ve listened to every one!

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