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CYOP #101 - Searching for Opportunities + Making Room to Experiment with Artist + Designer Melanie Biehle

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CYOP #101 - Searching for Opportunities + Making Room to Experiment with Artist + Designer Melanie Biehle

We’re officially getting into the swing of things this season and today’s show is our first full-length episode featuring the first ever CYOP Artist Resident, Melanie Biehle. Melanie is an artist and designer based in the Seattle area whose work is full of bright colors and bold patterns.

In the episode, we talk about Melanie’s long and winding path to becoming an artist, the process behind the work she creates, and why she isn’t emotionally tied to the term fine artist. One of the things I find most intriguing about Melanie is how open she is to trying new things—from new mediums to interesting sales channels. We also talk about how that mindset was expressed in her application for the CYOP Artist Residency and why she was ultimately the best fit for the show’s fourth season.  

She’s incredibly talented, kind, and funny and I’m really looking forward to working with her this year. Enjoy!


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"If you like it, great. If not, turn the page." — Artist, Designer + Illustrator Melanie Biehle // www.creatingyourownpath.com


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CYOP #94 - Stretching Yourself Creatively + Embracing Your Voice with Brooke Barker of Sad Animal Facts

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CYOP #94 - Stretching Yourself Creatively + Embracing Your Voice with Brooke Barker of Sad Animal Facts

Brooke Barker of Sad Animal Facts // creatingyourownpath.com

CREATING YOUR OWN PATH
EPISODE 94:

Brooke Barker of
Sad Animal Facts

 

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Interview:

Jennifer E. Snyder

 

Photo:

Boaz Frankel

 

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Today’s guest is Brooke Barker of the Instagram-account-turned-book, Sad Animal Facts. I’ve been following Brooke’s Instagram feed, which as you’ll hear in the episode, I came across while we were both participating in The 100 Day Project last year. 

Sad Animal Facts is a project that is exactly what it sounds like; facts about animals that are a little bit sad or melancholy, but with Brooke’s quirky humor driving the treatment of each fact. Her illustrations are adorable and the facts are things that are funny-slash-sad because they’re true. 

In the interview, Brooke and I discuss how her one-a-day Instagram project turned into a book in just over a year, how she’s navigated the new-to-her realm of book publishing, and why she believes in exercising your creative muscles by trying to incorporate new mediums and projects the mix. We also talk about Brooke’s other work and how, even though she gets to work primarily on fun and funny projects, she still has to walk the line between humor and professionalism in her everyday life.

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Follow along with Brooke's adventures:

Sad Animal Facts
Sad Animal Facts on Instagram, Twitter + Facebook
Buy the book!
Send Brooke a fact!

 

Other resources mentioned:

It's Different Every Day Page-A-Day Calendar 2017

"In everything you do, if you can get your voice across, then that's a win." — Brooke Barker,  Sad Animal Facts  // www.creatingyourownpath.com

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CYOP #93 - Infusing Personality into Your Work with Becky Simpson of Chipper Things + The Roommate Book

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CYOP #93 - Infusing Personality into Your Work with Becky Simpson of Chipper Things + The Roommate Book

Becky Simpson of Chipper Things + The Roommate Book // creatingyourownpath.com

CREATING YOUR OWN PATH
EPISODE 93:

Becky Simpson of
Chipper Things + The Roommate Book

 

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Interview:

Jennifer E. Snyder

 

Photo:

Constance Higley

 

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Today’s guest is illustrator Becky Simpson, whose work is a little cheeky and a little quirky, and completely relatable—especially for the ladies tuning in today. If you spend any time on the internet you may have seen Becky’s hilarious “Should I Wash My Hair Today?” flow chart. She’s also created other flow charts that have become favorites, like “Should I Check Email Right Now?” and “Should I wear Pants Today?” I’ve been wanting to get her on the show since last year and I’m so excited to share her story with you! 

In the interview, we talk about process and giving yourself the time to explore creative ideas when they make an appearance in our lives. Becky also goes into detail about her first book deal and how she was able to bring that book to life even though she didn’t have a large number of blog readers or social media followers. One thing I really appreciated hearing from Becky is how she’s been able to incorporate her brand of humor into all of her work without feeling as though she’s sacrificing professionalism. We talk quite a bit about the invisible line between letting our personalities show through our work and keeping things professional and I love Becky’s approach. 

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CYOP #76 - Teaching the Craft of Block Printing with Artist Jen Hewett

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CYOP #76 - Teaching the Craft of Block Printing with Artist Jen Hewett

Photo: Christopher Stark

Today’s episode is the first in a new series focused on those who teach their craft to others and it brought me to the studio of Jen Hewett in San Francisco a few weeks ago.

Jen is an illustrator, printmaker and surface designer who has been teaching block printing to others over the last several years and she has just recently transitioned to working on her art full time. I was, of course, curious to see how adding the element of teaching to her business model made that transition possible.

In the interview we talk about some of the issues that come up around teaching others to do what you do and why Jen truly wants to see her students open their own block printing shops and studios. She also chats very candidly about how she sets boundaries regarding her time and skills, how she's committing to breaking out of her routines this year and much more.

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"I want people to develop their skills enough that they're excited about opening their own shops." -- Jen Hewett, artist designer + printmaker // creatingyourownpath.com



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CYOP #46 - The Benefits of Practice + Creating a Diverse Body of Work with Fine Artist + Illustrator Lisa Congdon

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CYOP #46 - The Benefits of Practice + Creating a Diverse Body of Work with Fine Artist + Illustrator Lisa Congdon

CYOP #46 - The Benefits of Practice + Creating a Diverse Body of Work with Fine Artist + Illustrator Lisa Congdon // Listen to the full interview at creatingyourownpath.com.

Today's show brings me to the Portland home of Lisa Congdon and Clay Walsh to chat with Lisa about everything—from her late start as a fine artist and illustrator to how she and Clay are managing all of the opportunities coming their way these days.

In this incredibly honest interview, we chat about the strange concept of legitimacy when it comes to a creative career, why Lisa has purposefully chosen not to heed the “pick one thing and get really good at it” advice she’s heard over the years and the benefits of maintaining a daily creative practice.

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"Even if you're running your business perfectly, it takes time for things to take hold." - Lisa Congdon, Fine Artist + Illustrator

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