100 episodes

Windowsill Chats is a podcast for artists and creatives who are curious about what it's like to live, work & walk a creative path. You'll find honest stories, refreshing tips, artistic business advice and real conversations with global artists & makers just like you. Host Margo Tantau, a 30+ year Creative Director, Product Designer & maker, is a cheerleader for your success. Come grab a cuppa & join her in her sunny windowsill.

Windowsill Chats Margo Tantau

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 222 Ratings

Windowsill Chats is a podcast for artists and creatives who are curious about what it's like to live, work & walk a creative path. You'll find honest stories, refreshing tips, artistic business advice and real conversations with global artists & makers just like you. Host Margo Tantau, a 30+ year Creative Director, Product Designer & maker, is a cheerleader for your success. Come grab a cuppa & join her in her sunny windowsill.

    Death of an Artist: Ana Mendieta and Carl Andre Split the Art World

    Death of an Artist: Ana Mendieta and Carl Andre Split the Art World

    Here’s a preview from a new podcast, Death of the Artist, that explores a tragedy in the art world. For more than 35 years, accusations of murder shrouded one of the art world’s most storied couples: Was the famous sculptor Carl Andre involved in the death of his up-and-coming artist wife Ana Mendieta? Host Helen Molesworth revisits Mendieta’s death, taking a closer look at how she might have fallen out of the window of  Carl’s 34th floor New York apartment, and the following trial which has divided the art world since 1985. Hear more from Death of an Artist at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/artist?sid=chats.

    • 10 min
    Find Your Why & Get Intentional- How Editor Katie Anderson Makes Her Business Indispensable While Working Overseas and Writing Her Own Rules

    Find Your Why & Get Intentional- How Editor Katie Anderson Makes Her Business Indispensable While Working Overseas and Writing Her Own Rules

    Margo is joined by her podcast producer and editor Katie Anderson. Katie is the founder behind HomeAway Studio - a creative studio dedicated to supporting business leaders, content creators, and impact driven entrepreneurs through branding, web design, and podcast production. Formerly known as Katie J VA, her business stemmed from the desire to have her own outlet while being able to support her hockey-playing partner in his career overseas. Through persistent curiosity and a never ending desire to learn new skills, she has enabled coaches and creatives to focus on growing and improving their own services by outsourcing time-consuming, digital marketing tasks.
     
    Margo and Katie discuss:
    The path to launching her own business from Europe Leaving a career path she didn’t love but learned a lot from How she’s allowed her business to evolve over time Getting intentional, finding your why, and doing the work How living in other countries has helped her business Mixing the analytical, technical, and creative skills required for a business And more!  
    Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, before moving to Arizona for college in 2011, Katie now considers herself a part-time expat splitting her time between the U.S. and Europe. Outside of the U.S., she has lived in Norway, Finland, Austria, and Slovakia but her true home is wherever the Wi-Fi is. When she’s not busy supporting businesses behind the scenes, you can find her getting into nature, cooking, enjoying a glass of wine, or expanding her passport stamp collection.
     
    Connect with Katie:
    www.homeawaystudio.com
    www.katiejva.com
    www.instagram.com/homeaway.studio
    www.tiktok.com/@katiejaine111

    • 55 min
    Having Fun, Letting Go, and Staying True to You When It Comes to Business. How Abbey Trujillo Turns Her Dreams Into Reality

    Having Fun, Letting Go, and Staying True to You When It Comes to Business. How Abbey Trujillo Turns Her Dreams Into Reality

    Margo is joined by vintage lover, flower whisperer, slow fashion enthusiast and small business owner, Abbey Trujillo. In 2020, Abbey’s love and joy for thrifting quickly transformed into creating a sustainable in house label called Peach Vintage as well as finding traction online through Instagram Reels. Abbey believes the best way to make your dreams a reality is to simply start. Action causes reaction and we are ever evolving. Always recreating ourselves into the next best version. Always finding our new purpose.
     
    Margo and Abbey discuss: 
    Abbey’s creative background, career path and how it’s grown and evolved over time How her theater background helps in her reel creation Her growing interest in sustainability and the role it plays in her business The learning curve and unique challenges that comes with fast growth Her advice on who to take (and not take) criticism and advice from Connecting with her online community Letting go of being precious, launching before you feel ‘ready’, and imposter syndrome  Vulnerability and the gift in being you  
    Connect with Abbey:
    https://www.peachvintage.com/
    PV Small Business Reels Course
    https://www.instagram.com/thepeachvintage/
    https://linktr.ee/Thepeachvintage

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Revive, Realize, Refine, Release: The Art of Finding Your Creative Process and Celebrating the Ordinary and Extraordinary in Everyday Life With Beth Buffington (Part 2)

    Revive, Realize, Refine, Release: The Art of Finding Your Creative Process and Celebrating the Ordinary and Extraordinary in Everyday Life With Beth Buffington (Part 2)

    In this two part interview, Margo is joined by licensed illustrator, adjunct college professor, and online course digital illustration instructor, Beth Buffington. Like many creatives, Beth has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a crayon. After graduating with a degree in art and graphic design, she began her creative career working for “in-house” corporate art departments. 
After years of corporate communications, she decided to focus on her personal creative passions, by starting her business, BDI-Celebrate-Today, and BDI-Create-Today.
     
    Margo and Beth discuss:
    Wellness when it comes to working and taking care of yourself as part of the creative process Diving deeper into the four R’s as it pertains to her creative process and what she teaches Mind mapping Giving yourself permission to step away from work  Student accomplishments after taking her course How she removes overwhelm in her own life and within the course Celebrating life everyday  
    Beth’s work is two-fold. She creates illustrations and home decor products—and she also instructs college and online students how to be curious about trends, color, texture, and materials—through the creation of digital illustration. She is also passionate about sharing with students her thoughts on being a healthy artist who is confident and brave about their artistic skills and their artwork.
     
    Connect with Beth:
    https://bdi-celebrate.today/ (Illustration & Product Design)
    https://www.bdi-create.today/ (Learn the ART of PROCREATE)
    https://www.instagram.com/b.b.buffington_celebratetoday/
    https://www.facebook.com/BDIcreatetoday
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/bbbuffington/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFNR_jaR-CnBXIHC5RVTnQg
    https://www.skillshare.com/profile/Beth-Buffington/4859209
     
    Connect with Margo:
    www.tantaustudio.com
    https://www.instagram.com/mtantau/
    www.instagram.com/windowsillchats
    https://www.instagram.com/relishyourcreativity/
    https://www.relishyourcreativity.com/

    • 57 min
    Revive, Realize, Refine, Release: The Art of Finding Your Creative Process and Celebrating the Ordinary and Extraordinary in Everyday Life With Beth Buffington (Part 1)

    Revive, Realize, Refine, Release: The Art of Finding Your Creative Process and Celebrating the Ordinary and Extraordinary in Everyday Life With Beth Buffington (Part 1)

    In this two part interview, Margo is joined by licensed illustrator, adjunct college professor, and online course digital illustration instructor, Beth Buffington. Like many creatives, Beth has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a crayon. After graduating with a degree in art and graphic design, she began her creative career working for “in-house” corporate art departments. 
After years of corporate communications, she decided to focus on her personal creative passions, by starting her business, BDI-Celebrate-Today, and BDI-Create-Today.
     
    Margo and Beth discuss:
    The necessity of understanding your clients and their pain points The importance in being able to be flexible Perfection paralysis How she got into the creative education space Confidence: how to grow it in your creative practices because it plays a huge role in how your art work will perform Trusting in your talent Learning Procreate The creative process that she takes her students through  
    Beth’s work is two-fold. She creates illustrations and home decor products—and she also instructs college and online students how to be curious about trends, color, texture, and materials—through the creation of digital illustration. She is also passionate about sharing with students her thoughts on being a healthy artist who is confident and brave about their artistic skills and their artwork.
     
    Connect with Beth:
    https://bdi-celebrate.today/ (Illustration & Product Design)
    https://www.bdi-create.today/ (Learn the ART of PROCREATE)
    https://www.instagram.com/b.b.buffington_celebratetoday/
    https://www.facebook.com/BDIcreatetoday
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/bbbuffington/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFNR_jaR-CnBXIHC5RVTnQg
    https://www.skillshare.com/profile/Beth-Buffington/4859209
     
    Connect with Margo:
    www.tantaustudio.com
    https://www.instagram.com/mtantau/
    www.instagram.com/windowsillchats
    https://www.instagram.com/relishyourcreativity/
    https://www.relishyourcreativity.com/

    • 55 min
    Trust Your Inner Voice and Follow Your Heart. How Jessica Swift Uses Intuition to Guide Her Creative Journey and Allow Magic Into Her Life All While Helping Others Find Their Own Magic.

    Trust Your Inner Voice and Follow Your Heart. How Jessica Swift Uses Intuition to Guide Her Creative Journey and Allow Magic Into Her Life All While Helping Others Find Their Own Magic.

    Margo is joined by artist, fabric + surface pattern designer, and mother of two creative beautiful kiddos, Jessica Swift. Jessica creates colorful, uplifting artwork that inspires others to live colorful, unique, and hope-filled lives. She creates and manufactures her own products in her studio and also licenses her artwork to others for branded products such as fabric, stationery, puzzles, books, and more. Her online classes include pattern design, color, and intuitive art-making.
     
    Margo and Jessica discuss:
    Her creative journey and how it’s evolved Mindset shifts and fears she’s worked through around burnout and taking breaks How she uses her intuition in art and life How her husband’s unexpected death plays a role in her creations and work Valuing her own thoughts, opinions, and self as much as she does others Managing multiple income streams and projects at once Giving yourself grace and figuring out what works for you Comparing current self to past self: finding radical acceptance and learning to trust yourself Finding belonging exactly as you are  
    Jessica makes things because when she does, she feels more hopeful, happy, and alive. Simple as that. She believes that art that speaks to your heart is not frivolous; it's vital. Sometimes we all need a hand, a reminder that we’re not alone in this big crazy world. When you start to see that we've all got some version of messy truth alive and kickin' in our own lives, you start to realize you're not actually alone. In fact, other people get what you're going through! Making art and sharing her own real + imperfect life reminds Jessica that life is hard for everyone and we're all in this together. It comforts her to know that her work might make you feel a little more connected, too.
     
    Connect with Jessica:
    https://www.jessicaswift.com
    https://www.instagram.com/jessicaswift
    https://www.jessicaswift.com/pages/subscribe
    https://www.skillshare.com/user/jessicaswift
    Jessica’s Animal Allies Oracle Decks

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
222 Ratings

222 Ratings

b_artistic1023 ,

Thank you.

Listening to 8/10/22 podcast. I am currently transitioning from a 33 year career in education to making art. Of course, I have doubts about myself, my abilities and if anyone cares. But thank you for saying well into the podcast “tell your story because we care”. I need that.

JesReyesArt ,

Such a great podcast!

I adore this podcast. The conversations are always interesting and creatively helpful, both as an artist and business person. I like to listen on Sundays when I am in my studio. The podcast is a great companion!

BranchDesign ,

It’s Such a Joy to Listen to this Podcast!

“Windowsill Chats” is one of my favorite podcasts. Margo and her guests make me not only feel connected with art, but connected with people whom I have never met. I appreciate the conversations about where each artist came from, how they got where they are, and what they are doing now—and plan to do in the future. It’s both fascinating and inspiring. There’s insight about creativity, but also about life and how to live a happy and joyful existence. I wish I had this podcast when I was in art school 20 years ago. Thank you for sharing this for all of us to absorb.

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