136 - Clutter

Clutter is fine when you are using it all. A messy desk means you are there often and using things. But what about those boxes of old magazines for that collage you are going to make one day or that carton of video tapes for the family film you are going to produce. Not only are they taking up your physical space they are also taking up your mental space.

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135 - Getting there is only half the journey with Jackie Koehler

Jackie was a guest on the show a couple years ago as she had just finished up as lead animator on the film Book of Life. Her goal through everything she’s done was to one day work at Disney. Well, she made it and now we talk about if she feels like she’s ‘Made it’. 

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132 - Breathing In. Breathing Out.

I heard a quote earlier this week and I can’t find it anywhere online so I don’t know who said it or in what context but I’m gonna talk about it anyway because it got me thinking.

The quote was something along the lines of you can’t both breath in or out. Basically meaning you can’t do only one. You can’t only breath in. Your lungs can only hold so much. The oxygen is all absorbed and gets stale. Your lungs ache and eventually you breath out

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130 - The expectation of our talents.

I don’t think we can know where our best talents lie. I’m only just starting to get my head around this so bear with me things may change over time. 

This whole theory relates to how we perceive our talents and how others perceive them. What got me to thinking about it is my 8yo daughter was mentioning that she wasn’t good at math. She says it makes her head hurt sometimes to think about it. But when we talked to her teacher she said it was one of my daughter's strong subjects.

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129 - Illustrating, Hip-hop and professional wrestling with Nic Gregory

Nic Gregory is currently working with Disney publishing as an illustrator on a version of Sleeping Beauty. But before that he had his original hip-hop songs in rotation on Australian radio and toured as a professional wrestler and won two championship belts for his efforts. 

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128 - Practice makes progress

 I prefer to think that Practice Make Progress. Practice doesn’t make perfect unless you practice perfectly and that doesn’t sit well with me. Practice makes permanent but that sounds so final like you’ll get to a certain point and be that way forever. Like a tattoo. But that’s not the way it works. You just keep getting better if you just keep practicing and finding your things to improve on. 

 

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125 - Art & Engineering with Jean-Michel Gires

Jean-Michel Gires has a line of silk scarves, leggings and now kimonos printed with abstract designs made from his photography. This is his most recent artistic project. He has had exhibitions of his photography as well as published art books. But he does all this on the side as an executive in the energy sector.  

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124 - Responding to culture. Responding to life.

Any art has the illusion of driving culture but really it is just crystallizing what is happening. It translates culture from ephemeral to solid. From feelings to words. From the observable to the understandable. The elusive to the tangible.

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123 - Artist by default with Dulcie Foo Fat

Dulcie Foo Fat is a painter and in our conversation we talk about how she became an artist by default even though she was aiming to get into education. We talk about how crumbs of encouragement are all it takes to find a path. We talk about the importance having a supportive husband played in her success and at the end we talk about her daughters who I will most likely be also inviting on the podcast.

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120 - Thankful for your talent

Canadian Thanksgiving isn’t much different than what I can gather an American Thanksgiving is like. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie. Personally I don’t like pumpkin pie. I really like berry pies blueberry is by far my favourite.

There’s no real story to thanks giving. No pilgrims coming to Plymouth Rock or anything like that. As far as I could ever tell it was just a to be thankful.

What the hell kind of summary is this Tucker?!

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119 - Rely on your foundation and serve your customer with illustrator Michael Grills

Michael Grills has been a professional illustrator for nearly 20 years and has a very clear vision of what it means to be an illustrator: Rely on your foundation and serve your customer.

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118 - Be bold. Get old. Be a badass.

TheSparkAndTheArt.com/118 – this week my review of Camp Festival of 2016. The Camp Festival is a two day conference with a bunch of speakers from all different disciplines who work at a very high level in the industry. These are designers who have worked on movies like the Iron Man trilogy or have worked at Google and Microsoft or have The New Yorker magazine, Nike and Sports Illustrated as clients. 

 

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117 - Focus on what you care about with Ross Barber-Smith

Web designer Ross Barber-Smith only works with musicians and others in the music industry. This is because that’s what he’s really interested in. Ross went to the University of the Highlands and Islands Perth College in Scotland taking the Popular Music Bachelor of Arts program.

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