Amber Kane is an educator, textile designer, entrepreneur, and stellar day dreamer. She received her Art Education degree from Messiah College, and earned her masters in Creativity Studies from Union Institute and University.
She taught high school Art for 8 years in the public school system, while running her textile design business on the side. While teaching she learned that our schools are teaching creativity and dreams right out of our students, while developing an obsession for empty standards.
In 2015, she resigned from her public school position. She now teaches online AP Art and Art History courses for PA Homeschoolers, works part time at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, and creates one-0f-a-kind textiles.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/amberkane
-Her first years working as a teacher, and the pushback that she was getting from the school.
-Her decision to quit her teaching job and move into an abandoned home.
-The early process of getting settled in the new situation that she had “flung herself into.”
-Her realization that she needed a safe space to process the last eight years of her life.
-How her textile design business started.
-The power in being a teacher and a working artist.
-How she is still surprised that she was able to convince her husband to move into their “Freedom House.”
-How she wrote herself termination letters in order to reassure herself that she couldn’t be fired for her ideas.
-How she reestablished her reasons for being an art teacher at the beginning of each school year.
-The power in telling other people your plans, even before you are fully convinced that you are capable of executing those plans.
-How she created The Unstandardized Standard.
“I think it’s actually been within the last six months that I started to feel comfortable using my voice again.”
“I realized that I could not get my daily actions to line up with my ‘Why’ anymore and that was a clear signal that I needed to get out of there.”
“If it feels really hard but you still want it, then that needs to be the thing that you put all of your focus and energy into getting.”
Paul Adshead is a Hat Wearer, Beard Owner, Crazy Golf Enthusiast, and Peanut Butter Fan. On the rare occasions he's not
doing photography, he loves being outdoors, blind drawing, eating carrot cake and people watching.
Paul also uses old, out of date film in even older antique cameras to attempt to capture the past as he attends and photographs World War, Victorian and American Civil War events.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/pauladshead
-How he never studied photography or take creative courses academically
-How he has made his transitions slowly.
-How his work is dark and cinematic, and how most clients don’t want that.
-The different types of “darkness” in his work.
-The thought and planning that goes into his shoots.
-How he likes to leave things to people’s imaginations.
-The power of brevity.
-His love for history and the way that he tries to recreate it in his art.
-Using antique cameras and what that does for his process and mindset.
-How he uses his Instagram descriptions to help to add value to his pieces and to give the viewer additional information.
-The relationship that he has with his own Resistances.
-Having multiple projects going at once.
-Using Parkison’s Law to his advantage.
“I personally never like to compromise my style.”
“For me, people’s imaginations is better than any creative out there.”
“I just find the past more interesting than the present.”
“The second you set a date, everything falls into line and the job gets done.”
“The more you do anything, the more chance it will have a positive effect on your life.”
Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of four books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, and Herding Tigers) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work.
Todd is also the host of The Accidental Creative Podcast, which has delivered weekly tips and ideas for staying prolific, brilliant, and healthy since 2005.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/toddhenry
-How the pressure to be creative all day at our jobs can wear and tear at us.
-His discovery in The Accidental Creative that successful people all share many of the same habits and qualities.
-His FRESH method for finding and solving your problems quickly, and managing your relationships, energy, stimuli, and hours.
-The importance of saying “no” to things that you know will drain your energy from the more important things that you intend to create.
-The power of secret work and private victories.
-His advice for people who are starting to consider turning their side hustle into their “main” hustle.
-His new book, Herding Tigers.
“We’re not wired to produce creatively like machines.”
“Which of these good things in my life needs to go away so that something better can be born?”
“What do I need to prune from my life so that I have the energy I need to be able to focus on the more important stuff that I’m tasked with?”
“Cover bands don’t change the world. You have to find your own unique voice if you want to thrive.”
Born in Brittany (France) in 1976. Virginie Ropars’s figures are in between sculpture, fashion design and illustration, building up visions full of wonders
Virginie's work is shown throughout Europe in art galleries and art shows and also in United States and Russia.
Her work has been featured in many magazines and publications. Her dimensional interpretation of Brom's main character Jack, in The Plucker novel won the Spectrum 19 Gold Award (in 2012), she also received the Spectrum 20 Gold Award (in 2013) for one of her personal work, Acanthophis III.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/virginie
-Working in the video game industry and then shifting to make her own personal work.
-How she considers her first doll to be “monstrous.”
-Her process for deciding which sculpture to make.
-How long each of her sculptures takes and the process that goes into making them.
-Where she gets her inspiration.
-The struggle of having to finish a project when you actually want to be working on something else.
-How excitement for a creative pursuit or project typically translates into the quality of the work.
-Her daily routine and the importance of thinking.
-The danger of repeating yourself instead of innovating if you aren’t constantly feeding yourself with other inspirations.
“It is a lot of experimenting, and I quite like that.”
“It can be very misty how inspiration works.”
“The more excited you are about what you do, the better the work is.”
Dave Roberts is an artist out of Las Vegas, NV who makes fine art using the Etch A Sketch. He draws landscapes, architecture, portraits and more, preserving all of his work.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/daveroberts
-His artistic history and how he first started using an Etch A Sketch.
-Finding out that other people were using the Etch A Sketch to make art and then learning from them.
-Developing a method for preserving his art.
-Coming up with a goal to be featured in a gallery.
-Entering (and not winning) a Red Robin contest for a gift card.
-Trying to not get lost in your own negative thoughts.
-Creating accountability by telling people about your goals.
-His decision to achieve his goals despite the fact that all of his previous excuses were still a part of his life.
-Building resiliency by getting knocked down and getting back up again.
-The experience of seeing his dream of being in a gallery come to fruition.
“If things don’t go your way are you going to start tearing yourself down and be your own stumbling block?”
“I hate to say it, but art became this thing that I used to do.”
“Attitude is everything.”