36 episodes

Falling flat on your face. Banging your head against a wall. Going down in flames. Having no idea what you’re doing, but somehow doing it anyway. This is Kidnapped for Dinner: conversations about the disorienting moments in the creative process.

Kidnapped for Dinner Kristen Soller

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 21 Ratings

Falling flat on your face. Banging your head against a wall. Going down in flames. Having no idea what you’re doing, but somehow doing it anyway. This is Kidnapped for Dinner: conversations about the disorienting moments in the creative process.

    Working With Our Own Hands — 'Shop Talk' with Alexis Oliva & Yanira Lopez

    Working With Our Own Hands — 'Shop Talk' with Alexis Oliva & Yanira Lopez

    Alexis Oliva and Yanira Lopez are the husband-and-wife duo behind textile design business Yerbamala Designs. They took what some may deem a fun hobby or craft and built a full-fledged business, leaving behind their corporate jobs to develop their textile art practice. 

    We discuss risk taking, supportive partnership, resourcefulness, approaching a new endeavor with gratitude and as a constant learning opportunity and more in our conversation.

    This episode was recorded live in December 2019 as a part of Shop Talk, a special talk series at Mima Market and happy hour with Radiate Kombucha. We discuss process, inspiration and purpose with local, independent artisans and makers.

    *Q&A starts at 01:00:42

    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Idea of Play — Mana Contemporary Artist Profile with Laura Marsh

    The Idea of Play — Mana Contemporary Artist Profile with Laura Marsh

    Laura Marsh is a textile artist with a social practice whose work involves installations, weavings, flags, text and other tactile pieces. We discuss her process, the participatory nature of her work, play and fun as a means of accessibility, creating safe spaces, slow reflection, imagining positive futures for ourselves, generosity, hospitality and more.

    This conversation is one of four interviews, recorded with Orchid.fm, profiling Mana Contemporary artists at 777 Mall during Miami Art Week 2019.

    • 47 min
    We Are Nature and Nature is Us — Mana Contemporary Artist Profile with Fereshteh Toosi

    We Are Nature and Nature is Us — Mana Contemporary Artist Profile with Fereshteh Toosi

    Fereshteh Toosi is an artist of Iranian and Azeri ancestry whose work involves embodied experiences, encounter, exchange, and sensory inquiry. We discuss her body of work, including her current project Water Radio: Liquid Intelligence and latest initiative and O, Miami collaboration Reading Camp. Themes that emerge in our discussion include deep listening, the importance of “tuning into” our environments, shared experiences, modes of communication with nature that are beyond the language of words, wonder, imagination and more.

    This conversation is one of four interviews, recorded with Orchid.fm, profiling Mana Contemporary artists at 777 Mall during Miami Art Week 2019.

    • 44 min
    The Physical Body is Alive — Mana Contemporary Artist Profile with Jenna Balfe

    The Physical Body is Alive — Mana Contemporary Artist Profile with Jenna Balfe

    Jenna Balfe is a performance artist, musician and activist whose work promotes healing connections between self, other and environment. We discuss her current work, softening the lines of our experiences, the importance of movement, tenderness & compassion, remembering our connection to nature and each other, play & imagination and more.

    This conversation is one of four interviews, recorded with Orchid.fm, profiling Mana Contemporary artists at 777 Mall during Miami Art Week 2019. 

    • 37 min
    A Little Bit Out of the Ordinary — Mana Contemporary Artist Profile with Richard Vergez

    A Little Bit Out of the Ordinary — Mana Contemporary Artist Profile with Richard Vergez

    Richard Vergez is a Cuban-American visual and sound artist with a background in graphic design and audio/visual collaboration. We discuss his Art Week installation Weeping Willow, hand-made collage work and sonic compositions. A few themes emerge in the conversation: the value of choice over skill in art, absurdity, nostalgia, the influence of Dada and Fluxus on his work, the importance of creating space in the work (and for ourselves), cutting through excess and more. 

    This conversation is one of four interviews, recorded with Orchid.fm, profiling Mana Contemporary artists at 777 Mall during Miami Art Week 2019. 

    • 37 min
    Behaving Like Nature, Again — 'Shop Talk' with Gabi Serra and Ruth Jeannoel

    Behaving Like Nature, Again — 'Shop Talk' with Gabi Serra and Ruth Jeannoel

    Shop Talk is a special talk series hosted by Kidnapped for Dinner at Mima Market and happy hour with Radiate Kombucha. We discuss process, inspiration and purpose with local, independent artisans and makers.

    On November 15, we hosted a live conversation with Gabi Serra and Ruth Jeannoel around the idea of “making” and building community. In considering this, Gabi and Ruth implicitly ask: What is your relationship to yourself, to your own community and to other communities you may not be a part of? And what are the socio-economic factors that affect these relationships? 

    Ruth is a Full Spectrum birth doula, holistic healer, community organizer, writer and restorative justice trainer & practitioner. She is the founder of non-profit Fanm Saj and a co-founder of Carib Healing Collective.

    Gabi is a farmer, herbalist and artist. She is a part of Buenezas and Semillas Cooperative.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

J Jackman ,

Much needed dialogue

Best podcast in Florida, necessary words for all.

ReturnIfFound ,

Inspiring, Putting Miami Creatives in The Spotlight

This podcast is inspiring for any artist or creative who wants to go the distance and follow their dreams. It’s all about the journey. As a designer originally from Miami, it all holds a special place in my heart.

I love the Baiser Beauty and LUM episodes, they grabbed me instantly. I am excited to see how the host expands this platform and continues to collaborate and work with multidisciplinary methods during the course of the show.

oly_______ ,

charming

It's great to to hear different aspects of creative peoples' developmental struggles. Kidnapped for dinner's hostess, Kristen Soller captures thoughtful dialogue with her humourous, charming and playful conversations. I reccomend everyone check this podcast out who is struggling with creative potholes in their work.

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