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
Sister practices - writing & running
Explore the concept of "sister practices" with me. How can two different activities nurture one another? I spend time with writing and running, unpacking letter-writing as a craft and reflecting on trail-running as a creative process.
Listen to the music from Season 2, composed by Associate Producer Elizabeth de Lise, out on Spotify today!
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Polymer clay - shapeshifting with miniatures
Join me for a mini-episode where we fixate on small things and big feelings. I talk about a recent exploration of a material that is new to me: a little self-discovery here and there, and a handful of lessons to take back to my main boo, (non-polymer) clay.
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Material Feels...the... musical?
Oh, in my dreams, yes, there is a musical. But for now, Associate Producer Elizabeth de Lise and I go through Season 2 of Material Feels song by song, material by material. We talk about writing, using sound to conjure memory, and the inspiration Liz discovered within the time spent with our six guests and materials from 2021: time, paper, pigment, glass, story and ritual. Listen to the first song, "It Takes," on Spotify, out today!
Ceramics with me, myself and I - on chaos, transformation & experimentation
Revisit clay with me for the wrap up of Season 2 of the show; I share what I’ve learned over the past year in the ceramic studio. We explore the properties of clay, the firing process and how plaster works for mold-making. And of course, the materials bring us deeper… to focus on personal growth, failure and patience. I also share some exciting news about my Etsy shop Waveform Ceramics and my newsletter, Rabbit Hole Buffet, two ongoing projects I’m excited to share with you as I craft Season 3 of Material Feels, to be released in 2022!
Emotion (Ritual & Ceremony) with Colleen Thomas - the elements, symbolism and finding what needs to be moved
Join me with ritualist and fellow podcaster Colleen Thomas in the realm of ritual-building. We explore how ritual and ceremony operate as a storytelling tool, a container for big emotions and a creative practice with a wide range of materials. This episode can get a little intense, and asks us to go to a vulnerable place. I discuss a range of mental health topics including suicidal ideation; coincidentally, this month is National Suicide Prevention Month. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal ideation or intent, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 800-273-8255. Show notes at www.materialfeelspodcast.com.
Midsummer PDA- lil' update
Updates from a summer of firsts: the details on an artist residency with five non-binary sound sensitive pals, a tape sync for a revolutionary artist whose memory we all cherish, and a case of systemic poison ivy that doesn’t care about our production schedule.
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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.
Everything is material!
You will have a lot to think about after you listen to these podcasts. You will want to listen to them again, maybe read the transcript and the back story, and listen again. Thought the five senses that can explore clay, wood, wool, spirits, the body, and sound are straight-forward and simple? Those senses will be intensified in Season One of Material Feels. You'll literally feel vibrational, and you're not the one being interviewed. Or are you? In Season Two, Catherine proves that time is a material. Listen. You'll sense it, as well as the absence of it. You will be surprised. Listening to these podcasts is a mind-opener. You will have a lot to think about--and feel. Superb!