Monday, March 13, 2006
Podcasts for the Creative Spirit: CraftSanity
I'm ashamed to admit it now, but I ignored podcasts when they first came out. Yeah, I know, appalling for a gadget freak. But I've learned my lesson! Now I subscribe to nine of them and am reviewing a tenth.
My first podcast find was some really good Star Trek fan fic by Darker Projects, called The Section 31 Files (which I found pretty much by accident). That got me thinking about what else might be out there. So I went searching and found a couple of really great art/craft podcasts: CraftSanity and Crafty Chica.
CraftSanity's vision is really great. It's hosted by Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, a journalists who relies on her creative projects to keep her sane. After successfully completing an art degree, I have come to the conclusion that art and craft don't have to be separate things. Well, I must not be as crazy as I thought (on this point at least...), because Jennifer and her guests feel the same way.
Speaking of guests, Jennifer has some great ones. I won't say that I agree with all of them on every point (and probably would disagree with them polically!), but that doesn't matter. Just listening to different artists discuss how they got where they are is incredibly inspiring–even if I have no plans to crochet an angry ear of corn or make a curse-your-boyfriend sweater (which wouldn't be my thing if I were single)! Few of these artists are working in a traditional medium, which is certainly encouraging to a book artist and wannabe weaver! (Oh, I miss my weaving class!)
By the way, most of her guests contribute a project to the site or provide a link to one. Anyone need to crochet an eyeball? Or just make a stupid sock creature, like I plan to do!