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Mighty Creative, with Kim Werker

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A podcast about creativity – what motivates us to make things, how to make space in our lives for creative adventures, and how to have more fun with it all. Hosted by Kim Werker, author of Make It Mighty Ugly and host of the Online Community of Creative Adventurers.

A podcast about creativity – what motivates us to make things, how to make space in our lives for creative adventures, and how to have more fun with it all. Hosted by Kim Werker, author of Make It Mighty Ugly and host of the Online Community of Creative Adventurers.

Location:

Vancouver, BC

Description:

A podcast about creativity – what motivates us to make things, how to make space in our lives for creative adventures, and how to have more fun with it all. Hosted by Kim Werker, author of Make It Mighty Ugly and host of the Online Community of Creative Adventurers.

Twitter:

@kpwerker

Language:

English

Contact:

7789603096


Episodes

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4/29/2020
As I begin fiddle lessons (!), I see so many connections between my desire to learn folk music and my fascination with handcrafts.

Duration:00:10:39

I Had 7 Minutes

4/22/2020
I had seven minutes of relative quiet for recording, and I tried to make the most of it. Featuring: me, playing the violin, very badly. (And some crochet for challenging times.)

Duration:00:06:39

Episode 110: Serendade & Feminist Rage

4/15/2020
Wherein I learn to play Happy Birthday on the ukulele for a tuba duet and rekindle my commitment to dismantle the patriarchy. Really, there are no show notes other than that. You... are gonna want to hear this one.

Duration:00:09:51

Episode 109: Tiny Creative Joys

4/8/2020
We're gonna be in this for a long while, dear listeners. We'll be experiencing waves of grief over a long time. So it's time to focus on tiny joys, and on how our creativity can help us create some of those joys for ourselves. Show Notes That Discomfort You're Feeling Is GriefThe 100 Day ProjectDiscussion threadMy first wee granny squarewant to make next week's show like a call-in show and I need your help! Find our weekly Zoom chat schedule and info on our video chat room over on...

Duration:00:10:21

Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 108: Time Is Warped

4/1/2020
Time is so weird right now. It's movings so slowly, and so distantly, so fluidly. There are no good words for it, really, but I think we can all agree we're living in a Twilight Zone. In “normal” life, I talk with folks a lot about finding and making time for creativity and creative projects in our daily lives. But when time is all screwed up, and when we may feel inclined to think we have way more of it on our hands than we actually do, does the challenge of fitting in creative projects...

Duration:00:11:33

Episode 107: Dispatch from Quarantine

3/25/2020
We're nine days into self-quarantine because the last person we saw before going into self-isolation last Monday called a few days later to tell us he'd been exposed. In many ways, this isn't any different an experience than what we'd been expecting, except we can't go shopping for groceries and the like. Which, at this point, actually seems like a massive difference. My kingdom for a change of scenery beyond what we get walking the dog. I'm keeping the podcast going outside of my initial...

Duration:00:12:25

How Creativity Will Help Us Weather This Crisis

3/18/2020
My friend Erin has been keeping me sane these last few days that have felt like centuries. She's a new friend. We've only known each other for a few months. But meeting her felt like we were always meant to be friends, and we started texting each other daily pretty much from the start. So in these days when I'm thinking about all the folks whose friendships I've taken for granted and haven't spoken with in ages, I'm also taking solace in the habit Erin and I made from the start of just...

Duration:00:17:11

Episode 105: Creating in a Time of Uncertainty

3/4/2020
An exploration of how our creative hobbies and interests can help to keep us grounded during times of uncertainty. Show Notes Each episode this season begins with a short clip of a maker or artist talking about a recent project they were obsessed with.Camp ThundercraftUrban Craft Uprisingtwo classes at the 2020 retreatAlex Simonthe pickle pipes.The simplest of altered books with folded pages.Making T-shirts.Coronavirus: Time for a Flux MindsetLet's talk about it. Subscribe to Mighty...

Duration:00:14:13

Episode 104: How to Make Yourself a Stress-Free Creative Habit

2/26/2020
I tried so many creative challenges and failed at every single one. In this week's podcast, hear about what I changed in my approach that finally led me not only to succeed at finishing a challenge, but that enabled me to establish a daily creative practice that didn't stress me out but made – and continues to make – me so happy. Show Notes Each episode this season begins with a short clip of a maker or artist talking about a recent project they were obsessed with.Camp ThundercraftUrban...

Duration:00:15:22

Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 103: Distributed Cognition (Lists!)

2/18/2020
I first learned about the concept of distributed cognition when I was an undergrad studying linguistics, but I didn't know what it was called until I studied it again in grad school. For an absolutely impenetrable "explanation," read this. For our non-academic purposes, let's consider distributed cognition a way to extend our individual ability to keep stuff in mind. We might ask our spouse to help us remember to take our vitamins each morning – this is a way of extending our...

Duration:00:11:32

Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 102: Derivative Crafts & Remixing

2/12/2020
My husband sent me a screenshot the other night, of a comments thread on a NY Times recipe for Spicy Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Peanuts: He sent this to me because he knew I'd appreciate it from my crochet editorial days. And boy did I. What he didn't know is that I'd already recorded this podcast episode, and that I talked about this very thing in it. The episode is about the derivative nature of crafts – and not in a bad way. In a good way, which involves...

Duration:00:11:08

Mighty Creative Podcast: Episode 101 – Prerequisite Procrastination

2/5/2020
Welcome to the new podcast! This episode is about the very thing that kept me from making the podcast for nearly three years. Prerequisite procrastination. What a pain. I put my finger on what to call this particular subspecies of procrastination during a video conversation with members of our online community (we do things like talk about the specific ways we procrastinate; you should get in on this). Listen for what this wee beast is, and what we can do to...

Duration:00:11:16

Mighty Creative: The Podcast Is Back

1/27/2020
The podcast is back, with a new name! It's still about what motivates us to make things, how to make space in our lives for creative adventures, and how to have more fun with it all. But the format will be simpler than it was a few years ago and the episodes will be pretty short. Listen for more details! Look for new episodes of Mighty Creative in February, 2020. For now, be sure to search for the new name in your podcast app, and subscribe!

Duration:00:01:19

Episode 202: Betsy Greer

6/19/2017
Betsy Greer is a writer and maker who lives in Durham, North Carolina. For the past fourteen years, she’s written about craftivism, the place where craft and activism intersect, and she loves discovering the ways in which people use (and have used) the two together. Currently, her main craft project is You Are So Very Beautiful, in which people make affirmation signs then leave them out all over the world for others to find. Show Notes and Links My hat out of handspun yarn.Action + Craft...

Duration:00:29:56

Episode 201: Cheryl Arkison

4/7/2017
In this first episode of Compulsory in two years, we return to our roots with an honest conversation with quilter Cheryl Arkison about the power of habit in creative life, and about embracing the mess of, well, pretty much everything. Show Notes and Links Cheryl’s article about Morning MakesSophie’s Universe blanket patternCutting up jeansSwatch loomAuthor Rachael Herron on Compulsory Learn more about Cheryl Arkison and her work at cherylarkison.com and connect with her on Instagram and...

Duration:00:28:23

A Resurrection

3/9/2017
After two years on hiatus, Compulsory Podcast is coming back! Listen for a brief update about what's changed (and what's staying the same), and how you can help keep the show going long into the future. Be sure to subscribe to the show so you get the next episode as soon as it's out (here are the iTunes, Stitcher and Soundcloud links). To get unedited clips, episodes and commentary before each new show comes out, support the continuing production of Compulsory over on Patreon.

Duration:00:05:36

Compulsory Podcast Special Burrito Bulletin: Lauren Venell

3/31/2015
Lauren Venell is an artist and designer specializing in editorial props and product development. Her work has been published in titles by Chronicle Books, Klutz/Scholastic, Uppercase, Monsa Books and Quarry Books, among others, and featured in several media outlets including The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Everyday with Rachel Ray and on Canal+ Television. She has launched several of her own successful toy lines including her current line, the Deep Creeps, which can be found...

Duration:00:17:33

Compulsory Podcast Episode 7: Rachael Herron

3/24/2015
Rachael Herron is the bestselling author of the novel Splinters of Light, the five-book Cypress Hollow romance series, and the memoir, A Life in Stitches. As we discuss in the podcast, I've read Rachael's blog for about a decade. So much is my admiration for her dedication to her writing, craft, job and family that I interviewed her for my book Make It Mighty Ugly. She walks her talk, man. She walks her talk. Special for all you listeners out there, Rachael is offering her Udemy course,...

Duration:00:25:18

Compulsory Podcast Bonus Episode: Joel Watson

2/18/2015
Joel Watson is a cartoonist who writes and draws a webcomic called HijiNKS Ensue, which he describes as "a semi-autobiographical comic about a lifelong geek and aspiring artist who turns his back on an unfulfilling but financially stable career in order to pursue art full time and set a better example for his daughter." My conversation with Joel from Episode 6 went about fifteen minutes longer than what's included; this bonus episode is the remainder of our chat. We talked primarily about...

Duration:00:16:56

Compulsory Podcast, Episode 6: Joel Watson

1/27/2015
Joel Watson is a cartoonist who writes and draws a webcomic called HijiNKS Ensue, which he describes as "a semi-autobiographical comic about a lifelong geek and aspiring artist who turns his back on an unfulfilling but financially stable career in order to pursue art full time and set a better example for his daughter." I’ve read Joel’s comic for years, and I interviewed him for my book, Make It Mighty Ugly. It’s something he said during that interview that inspired me to reach out to him...

Duration:00:25:09