If you listened to part 1 of my conversations with Azzari, then you know that we recorded an update in September of 2020 because SO much had happened for Azzari and in the world after that summer, that it just seemed important to have a conversation about some big events and changes in her creative life and in the art and craft and memory keeping community in general.
In this short episode, hear more about Azzari’s experience being interviewed by a New York Times reporter, and her decision to launch her own line of products that would better support telling stories about her life experience as a Black woman. After the incredible reception of her first launch, she had just last week released a second collection of her own product. I’m really excited for her, and to see the support of these products in the memory keeping community and the waves that her work is creating there. It’s been so incredible to watch. So let’s dive in and hear more about Azzari’s continued creative story!
*ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF Azzari Jarrett @azzarijarrett on Instagram
On her evolution through photography, and holding sacred space for her creative life while raising three girls.
Part 1 of 2: It’s been exactly a year to the day since I had this conversation with Azzari Jarrett and what a heck of a year it’s been! As you may know, Azzarri Jarrett is a memory keeper and photographer, but she also is now a designer of her own line of memory keeping products (more about this in part 2!), and a New York Times featured scrapbooker, whose story was in the article called last summer called Scrapbooking isn’t just for White People in the August 7th paper. She is also on the One Little Word team of teachers this year with Ali Edwards.
In this first original episode from March 27th, 2020, Azzari was part of The Everyday Artist Season 2 focus on photography, and she talked with us about how her relationship with photography has evolved corresponding with the birth of each of her three daughters. Azzari generously shares her creative identity with us here, as well as some tips for trying film photography, and gives everyone encouragement to adamantly carve space in our lives for our own creative work as self-preservation no matter the season we are in. I’m so thankful to have her voice here as part of the podcast.
*ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF Azzari Jarrett @azzarijarrett on Instagram
Photographer Kari Stiles: On Being True to Yourself as An Everyday Artist
In this episode Kari Stiles shares her passion for photography and her intuitive creative process. She talks about how photography is the everyday art that saves her creatively. She also explains how her background in design has informed her photography practice, and what she is most inspired to capture. I love Kari’s raw open discussion of what photography means to her, and the way she finds stunning shots, in everyday places, and emotion in natural beauty. I so loved talking with Kari, and I hope you enjoy hearing this glimpse into her creative life.
We start off this episode with a fun preamble; talking about what is helping us get through this tough time while we are “safer at home” and what we are loving despite this challenge, and then get into the heart of the interview. (scroll down to press play!)
4:21// “Safer at Home” thriving. What’s been working and what we are loving in this strange time.
15:29// Regular interview begins
16:30// Kari’s introduction of herself and peak into her creative life
19:15// Q: What about photography is magic to you?
21:25// Q: Tell us about your creative process for photography or otherwise
28:37// Q: As someone with a design background who is also telling stories, what’s your perspective on valuing the art process for itself and the telling of the story?
36:28// Why Kari gets “super weird” about talking about a certain look or “brand” that she has (AKA creating authentically)
38:31// Kari’s strong feelings on rainbows
43:14// On capturing the FEELING of a place, and what she does to get the shot
48:30// How photography helps in the tough times (AKA “the crying question” – Kari)
54:14// The fun questions: What’s on your desk? What’s on your playlist? Who’s inspiring you right now?
Brandi Kincaid is an illustrator professionally and also an epic everyday artist. She includes a wide variety of genres in her own creative identity, including memory keeping, capturing words, sewing and her popular commonplace books in which she captures quotes, illustrations, pictures, and words that speak to her. Her work often speaks to the value of being an observer of “the good”, and the value of magnifying the the small details of life as a creative act of self care.
In this episode, Brandi chats with me about her creative routines, the value of making for the sake of making and scratching the itch to create in order to keep some sense of balance. She talks about her previous One Little Word, grace, and creating with a sensitivity to the world around her. She shares how observation shapes her creative life, and how she uses single words to deepen her creative well. We also get her take on some previous episode themes like creating just for yourself as an act of self care, and the value of creative play that sometimes shows up for her in the form of “thrifting” and then making with found treasures.
We talk about the positive results of creating just for the joy of it, without the pressure of expectation or approval. She also takes us into the history of her common place books and the uplifting practice of coming back to and reflecting on what you previously captured or created as a self care practice more rejuvenating than a bubble bath!
Today I am talking with Everyday Artist Morgan Beal.
Morgan is an advocate at a domestic violence crisis center, and uses Project Life and Memory Keeping as a form of self care and rejuvenation. She shares with us why she loves the tough work that she does in the world, and yet what kind of toll it can take on her well being if she isn’t careful about taking care of herself.
She tells us she must unabashedly prioritize self care, and getting creative is a huge part of that for her. Combining beautiful photography with design and storytelling, Morgan’s Project Life albums are an incredible body of work.
She also talks to us about her tips for dealing with the inner critic when it comes to prioritizing self care and doing creative work. Morgan has been featured several times as a special guest for the Ali Edwards Design story kit classes, and her work can be seen on her Instagram feed- “full of crafting and cats!” as she happily warns potential followers. We are not hating on that!
I was so thrilled to have Morgan on the show, and I loved hearing more about her story, her work in the world, and her creative identity, and I know you will too!
Here is a little of Morgan’s work that can be found in her Instagram account. I cannot get enough.
Morgan’s instagram feed and project life are a gorgeous work of art. If you aren’t yet subscribed to her Instagram account what are you even waiting? Go!
I was happy dancing my way through this interview with epic scrapbooker, Tracey Fox where we talked all about the value of creative play and fun in our lives as adults, the meaning of scrapbooking today, and the depth of vulnerability and storytelling throughout the scrapbook community online.
Tracey’s Work: A Sample of the Fun! Find These and so much more @scrappylikeafox on Instagram!
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Documenting a a memory, perspective, or intention in a physical or digital format, with photos words or both; embellishment optional.
Challenge: What is Scrapbooking to you?
We would love to see what scrapbooking means to you today, and how you define it in your own experience. Use the hashtag #everdayartistchallenge1 to share your definition, and/or examples of your scrapbooking defined in action! You can also find instagram stories templates in @wilderstories instagram story feed and saved stories under “Everyday Artist
Thanks for listening and daring to live a creative life!
This is the introduction episode to the Everyday artist podcast. In this episode learn a little about Amanda’s background and coaching work, what an Everyday Artist is, and what this podcast will bring you.