Steve Ramsey has conversations with artists, makers, DIYers, and other creative people.
You CAN take better photos. Tips from Jared Polin. (ep 49)
Jared Polin started posting videos on YouTube in 2008 and has been grinding ever since. His channel Fro Knows Photo is a great place to learn photography and keep up with the latest cameras, gear and photography news.
In this episode we catch up with Jared's business, YouTube, the craft of photography, what kind of gear to consider, and ways you can get better shots.
Jared's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/froknowsphoto
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Florian Gadsby crafts ceramics that sell in one minute (Ep 48)
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Florian Gadsby is a ceramicist who creates hand thrown stoneware and pottery out of his studio in North London. He’s made thousands of exquisite cups, mugs, bowls, vases, jars and more which he sells on his website at floriangadsby.com. About 5 or 6 years ago he began diligently posting his work daily on instagram and hasn't missed a day since.
Three years ago Florian began making and posting videos on YouTube allowing him to dive deeper into the process of making pottery and discuss his philosophy of making. His work is characterized by simple forms and straight shapes, but with an incredible attention to detail. There’s something timeless and universally beautiful about all of his pieces.
His videos take us inside a prolific profesional studio, showing viewers how clay is thrown on a wheel, shaped, trimmed, glazed and fired. He even gives us insight into how he manages to package and ship so many orders. If you’re an artist or craftsperson, you will find Florian’s videos to be inspiring. And if you aren’t a maker, you will enjoy the calming pace of these videos and marvel at how finely crafted art is created by someone at the top of their field. His pieces are truly stunning and it’s so satisfying to watch a blob of clay come to life on a wheel in his hands.
Florian Gadsby on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FlorianGadsbyCeramics
Why makes GREAT ART so great? With James Payne from Great Art Explained. (Ep 47)
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What exactly was Andy Warhol trying to say with his Marilyn Monroe series? Why are people emotionally moved, sometimes to tears, by viewing a large, geometric shape of color painted by Mark Rothko? Why does Nighthawks by Edward Hopper feel so cold and lonely? What makes Michaelangelo’s David different from other depictions of David? Who was the Mona Lisa and why was painting her so radical? What makes the paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat so relevant today?
James Payne is an art curator, art lover, art historian, and former gallery owner who brings perspective to famous works of art by helping us to understand not just what they mean, but about the lives of the artists who created them. Art seems to be inseparable from the artist.
In each video on his YouTube channel, GREAT ART EXPLAINED, James explores the history of a particular work of art, the artist who created it, the techniques used, its relevance and symbolism, and the social and political climate that led to its creation. He helps us get beyond art cliches such as “My kid could’ve painted that”. James’s videos are intelligent, thought provoking, inspiring, all the while remaining totally accessible and grounded to even the most casual art enthusiast or curious beginner.
Visit Great Art Explained on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/GreatArtExplained
The ultimate DIYers: The Adams family and their killer movies (Ep 46)
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This is one of the most kickass stories you’re going to hear on this podcast. Of all the artists and makers I’ve talked to, none have embodied the DIY spirit of this show more than filmmakers Toby Poser, John Adams, and their two daughters, Zelda and Lulu: The Adams Family. They are the ultimate DIY family: they take turns acting and directing, they write the screenplays, they are cinematographers, camera operators, carpenters, edit their own movies and even score their own soundtracks.
Check out The Adams Family: https://www.wonderwheelproductions.com/pages/about.php
Construction myths, with Grady from Practical Engineering (Ep. 45)
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Grady Hillhouse is a civil engineer and creator of Practical Engineering, a YouTube channel devoted to explaining the man-made infrastructure of the world surrounding us. His videos teach us about how aquifers and dams work, or how water towers supply our homes with water. You’ll learn about the importance of culverts, how pavement works, and how electrical transmission lines and traffic signals work. And this just scratches the surface.
Grady’s first book, Engineering in Plain Sight: An Illustrated Field Guide to the Constructed Environment, which is set to release on November first, is already the Amazon #1 Best Seller in Home Design Buildings & Construction.
A recent video on Practical Engineering was all about debunking construction myths, a topic I thought would be a lot of fun to talk about on this podcast. And while we’re at it I’ll throw in some of my own woodworking myths.
Practical Engineering on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/PracticalEngineeringChannel
Is social media ruining the joy of DIY? With Psychologist Sam Raimondi (Ep 44)
This week I talked to Sam Raimondi, the DIY Huntress, in her professional capacity as a psychologist to see if she can offer us all some strategies for dealing with the funk we all seem to be in after the past couple years. It’s great to have hobbies to give us an outlet to relieve some of the stress we feel, but with inflation, the cost of materials, looming recession, and general uncertainty, it can be pretty hard to pursue those activities.
We also explored the role of social media and "influencers" on all our lives and how it affects our well being. Who can possibly keep up with the thousands of people we follow who live charmed lives, traveling the globe, making the coolest projects imaginable, building their own dream shops, and remodeling their homes. If you’re working paycheck to paycheck, are you inspired by all this or is it just depressing?
Sam's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/Diyhuntress
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So well done!
I’m an amateur woodworker and Steve’s YouTube show and this show has helped me be a better woodworker both in function and attitude. And bringing all these great woodworkers and makers together has been an awesome experience it really is well done and I believe has helped make a more positive and humble attitude in this world of creativity we live in.
Thank you Steve you have made a difference in my life and really believe in so many others.
Love hearing the different viewpoints
The best part of the show is the diversity of guess on it. Plus, they talk about the craft, the business of the craft, and the struggles behind the craft. I also think we all enjoy a little inside baseball on what happens on YouTube. Make sure you listen to the episodes with guess you might not normally hear from!
Good interviews, thank you