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Episode #79: Arounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou

August 15th, 2016

On today's episode of the While She Naps podcast we’re talking about making and selling handcrafted products with my guest Arounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou.

Arounna Khounnoraj started Bookhou with her husband, John Booth, in 2002 as a place to combine and market their work. Both Arounna and John started out as artists - Arounna as a sculptor and John as a painter - but as time passed their endeavors grew to include ceramics, fiber arts, architecture and furniture making to name only a few. nNeedless to say Bookhou defines itself as a multidisciplinary studio where the husband and wife team explore a variety of mediums both individually and collectively.

Most people, however, would probably know Arounna as a printmaker and surface designer through her work in creating fabric bags, personal and home items which showcase her unique pattern designs. In keeping with their art studio roots, Arounna's work emphasizes the handmade and the hand drawn utilizing references to both natural, botanical forms as well as abstract patterns with simplicity of form uniting everything she creates.

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This episode is sponsored by Teresa Ascone Art Tutorials. Have you ever wanted to try watercolor? Teresa Ascone's Etsy tutorials for absolute beginners age 10 and older are PDF downloads with easy-to-understand instructions, supply list, definitions, a full color framable image of the art, and line drawing. The paintings can be completed in less than 60 minutes. Check out all of Teresa's work on her website.

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Get the show notes for this episode on my blog, whileshenaps, where you can also sign up for my weekly email newsletter to get the best in sewing, blogging, and small business delivered right to your inbox.

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Episode 78: Annabel Wrigley

August 1st, 2016

 

I'm talking with Annabel Wrigley. Annabel Wrigley is an Australian mom, author, and designer living in rural Virginia. She owns Little Pincushion Studio, a space where she teaches children everything they need to know in order to go forth and conquer the world of sewing and creating. When she’s not teaching, she’s working on her “We Love to Sew” series of books published by C&T publishing. She also teaches classes on Creativebug and designs fabric for Windham Fabrics.

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This episode is sponsored by Art Street Collective. Coloring is a great way to decompress and de-stress.  Art Street Collective artists have several coloring books available from whimsical and cartoonish to Celtic knots and kaleidoscopes.   Visit the art street collective website to see all the books available. Visit artstreetcollective.com to find books and DVDs on surface design, art quilting, bead embellishment and more by some of today's top fiber and quilt artists.

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Get the show notes for this episode on my blog, whileshenaps.com.

an Australian mom, author, and designer living in rural Virginia. She owns Little Pincushion Studio, a space where she teaches children everything they need to know in order to go forth and conquer the world of sewing and creating. When she’s not teaching, she’s working on her “We Love to Sew” series of books published by C&T publishing. She also teaches classes

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Episode #77: Amy Marson, Publisher of C&T

July 18th, 2016

We're talking about craft book publishing with my guest, Amy Marson. Amy is the publisher at C&T publishing which also includes the Stash Books and FunStitch Studio imprints. We discuss how to pitch a craft book, how C&T markets new titles, Amy's position on advances and how a book can fit into an author's larger goals. And, of course, I ask Amy to recommend great stuff she's enjoying right now.

Check out C&T online at http://www.ctpub.com/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/ctpublishing/

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This episode is sponsored by QuiltWoman. QuiltWoman.com is your source for quilting and sewing patterns offering over 10,000 items by over 270 designers to retail and wholesale customers. Wholesale customers enjoy no minimum order and free U.S. shipping with a $60 order. Use the code ABBY at checkout to receive 10% off your order.

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Episode #76: Jenean Morrison

July 4th, 2016

We're talking about illustration and self-publishing today with my guest, Jenean Morrison. Jenean is a surface/textile designer, painter, and the artist/publisher behind a popular series of coloring books for adults, first published in 2012. She's an Amazon CreateSpace success story who has sold over 91,000 copies of her self-published coloring books, earning her more than a half million dollars. Jenean designed fabric for Free Spirit for many years and her designs have been printed on rugs, stationary, scrapbook kits and more. We discuss the value of having an agent, how to pitch, handling extreme successes and inevitable failures and rejections, and what Jenean would like to do next in her career.

Check out Jenean Morrison online at http://jeneanmorrison.net/ and get the show notes from this episode at http://www.whileshenaps.com.

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Today's episode is sponsored by The Merriweather Council's Etsy Training Course - a video training series that teaches Etsy sellers the exact steps to a more visible, profitable, and enjoyable Etsy experience. For more information visit merriweathercouncil.com.

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Episode #75: Sarah Benning

June 20th, 2016

n today's episode of the While She Naps podcast we're talking about embroidery as illustration with my guest, Sarah K. Benning.

Sarah K. Benning is an American fiber artist with a nomadic studio practice.  Originally from Baltimore, she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA in Fiber and Material Studies in 2013.  Shortly after graduating, Sarah discovered her love for embroidery, started her own business and has never looked back.

Get the show notes for this episode on my blog: whileshenaps.com.

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Today’s episode is sponsored by The Merriweather Council where makers learn that gainful self employment through craft can be a reality and how to make it happen in their own lives. Visit merriweathercouncil.com for more information.

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Mini Episode: Craft Industry Alliance

June 6th, 2016

In this mini episode of the show Kristin Link and I talking about Craft Industry Alliance, a trade organization for craft professionals that we co-founded eight months ago. We're not at 800+ members, we're about to publish the 18th issue of our digital journal, we've held six webinars, and we have active discussions going on every day in our community forums. In this conversation we talk about what membership offers and who it's best for, we review some highlights (and a few frustrations) we've encountered along the way, and we tell you about some of our current members who are doing incredible work.

Membership is open now and the rates are affordable. Invest in yourself and your business this year and join the CIA!

http://www.craftindustryalliance.org

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Episode #74: CreativeLive with Celeste Olds and Megan Auman

May 30th, 2016

In today's episode we're talking about online learning with my guests, Celeste Olds and Megan Auman. Celeste Olds joined CreativeLive in 2010 and is now the Executive Producer of Production Operations. Megan Auman is a designer, educator and entrepreneur. Her eponymous jewelry line is sold in stores across the U.S. and online. She's also the founder of Designing an MBA. Megan has taught many classes on CreativeLive. We talk about CreativeLive's unique model of broadcasting classes live with a studio audience and the rewards that offers as well as the challenges it presents. Megan shares her perspective on what works as a teacher and Celeste explains how CreativeLive selects teachers and classes for the platform.

Check out the show notes for this episode on my blog, http://www.whileshenaps.com, where you can also subscribe to my email newsletter.

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This episode is sponsored by The Merriweather Council - a resource for handmade shop owners who want to learn about how to effectively market their business online from someone who has actually done it. For more information, visit merriweathercouncil.com.

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Episode #73: Alisa Burke

May 16th, 2016

In this episode we’re talking about creativity and drawing and making art with my guest Alisa Burke.

 

If she’s not making art in her Oregon Coast studio, you can find freelance painter and mixed media artist Alisa Burke blogging, teaching art workshops or crafting her handmade accessories. Whether it's running her creative business, being a mom or adventuring outdoors, she is always looking for inspiration. From drawing, painting, cooking and even the way she raises her daughter, Alisa seeks to infuse creativity into every part of her life.

We talk about Alisa's creative upbringing, the start of her career and how she built a long term plan to quit her day job which she successfully did in 2009. Alisa talks about her open-minded approach to an art career and about how motherhood enriches her daily practice. We talk about rejection, licensing, writing books and creating online classes. Alisa also explains her approach to blogging and using Instagram to build a devoted audience of fans and customers.

Visit Alisa Burke online at http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/.

Get the show notes for this episode on my blog http://www.whileshenaps.com.

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Episode #72: Kristine Vejar

May 2nd, 2016

On today's episode we're talking about dyeing fabrics and yarns with natural dyes. My guest is Kristine Vejar, owner of A Verb for Keeping Warm and author of The Modern Natural Dyer (STC/Melanie Falick Books). Kristine tells the story of how she became interested in studying textiles. We discuss the challenges of running a business based on naturally dyed fabrics and what it's like to write a book about your passion.

Today's episode is sponsored by Textillia, the online sewing community. Check them out at http://www.textillia.com.

Get the show notes for this episode on my blog: http://www.whileshenaps.com. Sign up for my email newsletter to get the best in sewing, blogging, and small business delivered right to your inbox each week.

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Episode #71: Kathy Phillips, Creative Director at Springs Creative

April 18th, 2016

On today's episode we're talking about fabric and fabric design with my guest, Kathy Phillips, the Creative Director at Springs Creative. Have you walked into Joann Fabric and seen prints with entertainment brands such as Hello Kitty, My Little Pony, Dr. Who, or Batman? If so, you've seen Springs Creative's fabrics. Springs Creative is a textile company based in South Carolina that creates over the counter fabric by the yard for quilters and sewists. They license dominant global brands, but they're also so much more. Springs Creative owns the Baxter Mill fabric archive, a incredible resource of vintage prints dating back over 100 years. And Springs offers small run digital printing and design services for independent companies. If you're interested in fabric and quilting, don't miss this interview.

Check out the show notes for this episode on my blog, http://www.whileshenaps.com, where you can also sign up for my weekly email newsletter to get the best in sewing, blogging, and small business from around the web delivered right to your inbox each week.

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Today's episode is sponsored by The Quilt Group. Stop missing out on quilt groups because of your busy life. Learn, create, and share on your schedule. Similar to your local quilt group, the online Quilt Group provides yo0u with access to a community as well as monthly exclusive patterns, sew alongs, swaps, guest designers and more. Get access any time, anywhere. Join today at http://www.quilt-group.com.

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