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How do creatives work? What kinds of materials and processes do they use? What motivates or inspires them to keep creating? What can we learn from their different practices? Hear artists and creatives talk about the 'how' and 'why' of what they do.

Intro, stings and outro music are from "Chasin' It" by Jason Shaw under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/)

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How do creatives work? What kinds of materials and processes do they use? What motivates or inspires them to keep creating? What can we learn from their different practices? Hear artists and creatives talk about the 'how' and 'why' of what they do.

Intro, stings and outro music are from "Chasin' It" by Jason Shaw under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/)

    NFTs: What‘s in it for artists

    NFTs: What‘s in it for artists

    In this episode, I’m sharing a broad overview of NFTs specifically from an artist’s perspective. I’ve been exploring the space for a few months now, and the learning curve has been both steep and exciting. My aim is to answer some common questions, challenge a few assumptions, and ultimately give you enough information start exploring the space yourself.

    Some of the questions I’ll be exploring include:

    Why engage with art NFT’s in the first place?
    Isn’t the space only for digital art? How is this relevant to those of us who work with physical materials?
    And what about the environmental costs, scammers, and flippers?

    Personally, I believe that this technology is creating revolutionary opportunities for artists including;

    Changing how artists get paid, including life-long royalties
    Fostering a new culture of artists and collectors
    Building new audiences for art

    And a host of other benefits that I’ll dig into as we go. So let’s dive in!

    • 18 min
    Fire, Clay & Ice - How the artist CASSILS works with risk

    Fire, Clay & Ice - How the artist CASSILS works with risk

    CASSILS is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography. They have achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture – So what does this look like in practice?

    It means creating powerful works of art across a host of media, often with a strong performative element; this includes undergoing a gruelling physical transformation to gain 23 pounds of muscle in 23 weeks, or saving all their urine for 200 days, or being set on fire by a stunt team. And we dig into the meaning behind each of these in the interview.

    Each of Cassils artworks is rooted in deep conceptual, often political, explorations. And although they often involve a degree of risk, they are never reckless – a distinction Cassils is very clear to make.

    Some of the topics we covered in this conversation include:


    The rigorous approach applied to creating new pieces of work



    Responding to prompts: how they’ve created work in response to both commissions and emerging cultural and political events



    How they think about risk, and why it’s become a feature in their work



    Why performing live in front of an audience has been integral to many their pieces



    And we finish with a brilliant Creative Challenge that really asks us to consider the power of our skills as artist, and how we choose to use it.

    I started the conversation by jumping straight in and asking Cassils for some context on how they navigate the process of taking an idea into a completed work. Please enjoy.

    • 1 hr
    Ceramicist Kate Malone, MBE, on developing creative confidence and crystalline knowledge

    Ceramicist Kate Malone, MBE, on developing creative confidence and crystalline knowledge

    This conversation is with Kate Malone, one of the UK’s leading ceramic artists with an illustrious career spanning thirty years. Her work is inspired by the joy and optimism of Nature, and often features large, hand-made pieces inspired by fruit, nuts, berries and pumpkins.

    Much of her work is coloured by the addition of crystalline glazes, and she is renowned for her research and experimentation in this area. And we dig into in the episode.

    Her exuberant work has won her an array of commissions and collaborations, including major public art projects. Kate was awarded an MBE in 2019 for services to ceramic art.

    Some of the topics we cover in this conversation include:


    Managing risk and uncertainty both in her studio based practice, as well as when undertaking ambitious public art projects



    Developing confidence as a maker and finding your own artistic voice



    How she thinks about selling her work in an elite marketplace



    And we finish with an absolutely brilliant creative challenge to apply to your own practice.

    So please enjoy this energizing and thought provoking conversation.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Painting in Freefall - my conversation with artist and skydiver Michelle Nirumandrad

    Painting in Freefall - my conversation with artist and skydiver Michelle Nirumandrad

    In this episode I’m speaking with skydiver and artist Michelle Nirumandrad who collaborates with the wind on a concept called ‘Captured Sky’. What this looks like in practice is Michelle literally jumping out of airplanes with paint and canvas, and collaborating with the sky as she falls, to create striking artworks that literally ‘capture the sky.’

    In this conversation we cover a host of topics about her practice including:


    How she first conceived of working this way



    The incredible technical and creative challenges that arose, and she is continuing to grapple with



    How she re-purposes her waste materials to create more artworks



    And a fantastic creative challenge at the end.

    So please enjoy this inspiring and exhilarating conversation!

    • 52 min
    Creature performer and artist Jeremiah Krage on the many challenges of bringing non-human characters to life

    Creature performer and artist Jeremiah Krage on the many challenges of bringing non-human characters to life

    In this episode, the tables have been turned, and I am on the other side of the microphone!

    In the last series of the podcast, I interviewed Magnus Goransson, Design Director at LEGO’s Creative Play Lab. After our conversation, Magnus reached out and offered to interview me in return – specifically about my performance work.

    One of my many roles as a creative is being a creature performer. I trained as an actor and I specialise in bringing non-human characters to life. One of the most well-known of these was Tinky Winky from Teletubbies. And as you’ll hear, this struck a chord with Magnus, who was intrigued to know more.

    Some of the topics we cover in our conversation include:

    - how I discovered the world of creature performance

    - my early training and how it continues to influence my work today

    - how that training overlaps with how designers work

    - how I use physical constraints to inform the creative process

    - we talk about some of the unique challenges of this line of work

    - and we compare notes on a few practical tips for creatives

     

    Please enjoy this slightly different episode of The Practical Creative!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Season 3 "Power of Play" Wrap Up

    Season 3 "Power of Play" Wrap Up

    In this wrap up episode, I recap all my guests in the season exploring the power of play, and highlight some of the key strategies and takeaways that anyone can use to incorporate more play into their lives and creative practice.

    • 14 min

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