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The Creative Pulse is a podcast about people and their creative passions. On each episode host Angela de Burger connects with people who are fired up about expressing themselves by imagining, experimenting and creating. You’ll hear from inspiring creators who’ll give you lots of ideas about how you can explore your creativity too.

The Creative Pulse is a podcast about people and their creative passions. On each episode host Angela de Burger connects with people who are fired up about expressing themselves by imagining, experimenting and creating. You’ll hear from inspiring creators who’ll give you lots of ideas about how you can explore your creativity too.




The Creative Pulse is a podcast about people and their creative passions. On each episode host Angela de Burger connects with people who are fired up about expressing themselves by imagining, experimenting and creating. You’ll hear from inspiring creators who’ll give you lots of ideas about how you can explore your creativity too.




Ep 69: Siew Heng Boon - 3D Jelly Artist

Siew Heng Boon is a Jelly Artist who crafts 3D jelly cakes and she’s the founder of Jelly Alchemy. She uses seaweed jelly in many different colours to create intricate designs, working with a variety of tools to inject coloured jelly into a clear jelly mold. Siew builds complex images in layers, creating them from an upside-down perspective and then flipping them over when complete and ready to serve. She creates floral designs as well as almost any animal you can think of - fish, a panda,...


Ep 68: Shazlin Rahman - Line Art Artist

Shazlin Rahman’s beloved grandmother was a strong presence in her life and the artwork she creates is inspired by that strong, resilient woman and her batik sarongs. She says she uses her art to engage audiences in conversations about the resilience of women of colour. Shazlin not only shares images of her finished work, but also time-lapse videos that allow us to see how the end result came to be. She’s developed a creative process over many years that allows her to use all of her skills...


Ep 67: Molly Wilkinson - French Pastry, Baking School Founder, Cookbook Author

Molly Wilkinson grew up in Dallas, Texas but followed her lifelong passion for baking to Paris, then to other cities in France, and now finds herself in Versailles - yes, the same one you’ve heard of with the incredible Château de Versailles just down the street from where she now lives! After studying to become a French pastry chef, at Le Cordon Bleu no less, she is perfecting her craft and sharing her source of joy with the world! She’s had a very busy few years - offering in-person...


Ep 66: Anna Chojnicka - Banana Bruiser

Anna Chojnicka uses a very typical, everyday item as her canvas - a banana! By pressing and poking into a banana’s peel in a series of carefully placed movements, she strategically bruises the skin of the banana, ultimately creating the most incredible edible artworks. It’s hard to believe how detailed and intricate Anna’s designs are, considering she doesn’t use ink or paint or anything like that. All of the magic comes from the way she manually bruises the banana peel, combined with...


Ep 65: Siobhan Westrop - Poet

Siobhan Westrop is a poet who knows how to carefully craft entire story arcs using just the right words. She lives, writes and explores in the Canadian Rocky mountains. Her work has been published in the Tiny Seed Literary Journal and Cerasus Magazine. And she just published a poetry chapbook, titled “Naturally.” For this special chapbook of her poetry, she collaborated with Canadian landscape painter Joanne MacLennan - whose name may sound familiar because she is incredibly talented too...


Ep 64: Lauren Fitzmaurice - Calligrapher

Lauren Fitzmaurice has tried lots of different creative pursuits but then she started experimenting with calligraphy. It captured her imagination, was a great match for her skill set, and she’s never looked back! This method of creatively expressing herself came at a time when she needed that kind of outlet, helping her navigate some difficult moments in life. With big life worries on her mind, taking the time to slow down and practice mindfulness through this creative practice was just...


Ep 63: Marian Gehman - Ventriloquist

Marian Gehman not only puts on a show but also creates the characters she’s portraying, detailing everything - right down to tone of voice, facial gestures and personalities. She’s a ventriloquist so she does all of it without even moving her lips when her puppet speaks! Her characters find their way into this world through her creativity and imagination. And she ensures they are entertaining as well! That only happens with a lot of skill and even more practice. She develops and performs...


Taking a big leap and podcast updates

Hello again! After a crazy couple of months, taking a big leap to embark upon a new life adventure, I’m so happy to be back and bringing you fascinating conversations about the creative passions of intriguing people around the world. In this episode, I’m sharing what I’ve been up to over the past couple of months (hint: an international move is a big undertaking!). And I also have an update about the podcast’s release schedule for new episodes. Reflecting back on wise words shared by some...


End of year thanks and (short) winter break

Hi, it’s your host Angela de Burger here! As we near the end of the year, I can’t help but look back and be thankful for all of the guests who have taken time to join me, sharing their stories about creativity. On the 62 episodes of the podcast I’ve shared so far, I’ve had the pleasure of welcoming 63 guests from all over the world. It’s been so amazing to see thousands of people downloading the episodes - a huge thank you goes out to all of you. Knowing that you’re located in 727 cities...


Ep 62: Mark Langan - Corrugated Cardboard Artist

When Mark Langan looks at cardboard boxes, he sees art supplies. Through his eyes and in his skilled hands, they are raw materials that he uses to bring an artistic vision to life. With his unusual choice of this eco-friendly medium, he’s made a name for himself as an artist. His intricate, detailed, stop-you-in-your-tracks creations are one of a kind! His works range from pop culture, to brand logos, to recreations of famous paintings, to original conceptual designs. There’s no limit to...


Ep 61: Kelly Hardy - Gingerbread Football Stadium Builder

A few years ago, Kelly Hardy decided to make a gingerbread house for the holidays. It didn’t turn out quite the way she wanted so the next year she tried again, but with a twist. Being a Canadian Football League (CFL) fan, she decided to make a replica of a CFL stadium. She began with the home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Mosaic Stadium. It was a hit! She carried on and has made eight of the nine CFL stadiums over the years. The details she includes and her ability to capture the fun...


Ep 60: Tim Klein - Puzzle Mashup and Montage Artist

Tim Klein is not only a fan of puzzles, he gets really creative with them! He fires up his imagination to stretch the boundaries of typical puzzle play and uses them to create mashup-style, one-of-a-kind works of montage art. Imagine having two puzzle boxes side by side, one with an image of a horse and the other with an image of a train. Tim looks at those two images and imagines how he might be able to combine them to create something new. Making an eye-catching combo image that makes...


Ep 59: Jane Labowitch - Professional Etch A Sketch Artist

Jane Labowitch started playing with an Etch A Sketch when she was only four years old. She’s been able to combine a talent for drawing with the very precise movements needed to make the toy do what she wants it to do. She’s known as Princess Etch, is a professional Etch A Sketch artist, and has been recognized by Ripley’s Believe it or Not for her incredible creations. When you consider an Etch A Sketch requires everything to be drawn via one continuous line, you can imagine how much...


Ep 58: Lottie Hazell - Board Game Designer

Lottie Hazell is the co-founder and lead designer at Birdwood Games, a board game publishing company she founded with her husband, Jack. Her first game, Dog Park, launched on Kickstarter recently to resounding success! In its 16 day campaign, the funding goal was reached 23 times over! It’s no wonder - Dog Park is a beautiful, card-driven game about walking dogs and features unique watercolour illustrations that, in the Collectors edition, features every dog recognized by the UK Kennel...


Ep 57: Andrea Blackman - Wildlife Sketch and Watercolour Artist

Through her artwork, Andrea Blackman shares special animals that are native to her area in Australia. She brings out the cute, playful, and even mischievous nature of wildlife such as magpies, kookaburras, and sugar gliders. She’s even been known to welcome adorable red pandas to her artistic world as well! In an effort to reignite her creative passion, she embarked on a “Sketch a Day” challenge earlier this year. Considering all she has accomplished since then - taking part in an art...


Ep 56: John Goudie - Creative Arts Producer

John Goudie is a talented, energetic, community-focused entrepreneur. He is a creative arts producer, a photographer, videographer, painter, and a DIY-er. That’s come in handy after his family’s recent move, 5,000 kilometres across Canada, en route to establishing their longstanding vision of creating a retreat centre. The creative arts-based business he runs with his wife, Wendy (last week’s guest!), is made up of several divisions including the Sparkle Dance Academy and Get Bent...


Ep 55: Wendy Goudie - Creative Movement Expert

Wendy Goudie is an energetic, passionate, determined and talented entrepreneur. She’s a creative movement expert - expressing herself through many different forms of dance as well as yoga, regularly teaching and delivering presentations on both topics. The creative arts-based business she runs with her husband John (next week’s guest!) is made up of several divisions including the Sparkle Dance Academy and Get Bent Yoga, and she is a founder of the Get Bent Active Arts Society - a nonprofit...


Ep 54: Justin Bateman - Pebble Picassos Land Art

Justin Bateman has made all kinds of different artworks over the years - sculpture, drawing, painting, and most recently, land art that’s made of pebbles. You may have seen photos of his spectacular version of the Mona Lisa - his version is called Stona Lisa - or one of his other incredible creations. Last year, just prior to the pandemic beginning, he went to Thailand to pass the impending lockdown there. Time has passed, it’s 18 months later, and he’s still finding inspiration in Chiang...


Ep 53: Shawn McCann - Chalk and Mural Artist

Shawn McCann brings the most incredible images to life using chalk on streets and sidewalks in communities around the world! Over the years, he’s been involved in many kinds of artmaking including making 2D and 3D chalk street paintings, murals, fine art, designs for children’s books, installation art, temporary and permanent art, and commercial illustration. Shawn is the co-founder of Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes, and has also founded 6 additional street art festivals in the United States. His...


Ep 52: Alexis Airington - Cookie Artist

Alexis Airington uses her creative talents to take amazing-smelling supplies and turn them into incredibly-decorated treats. She creates edible works of cookie art thanks to her imagination and incredible skill. Through her Improv Cookie Company, she makes people smile every single day. Who can resist a delicious cookie that’s decorated with a favourite cartoon character, a TV or movie theme, or a sparkly design that celebrates a special moment in life? She uses different colours of icing...