Creativity Found

Claire Waite Brown

Conversations with people who FOUND – or re-found – their CREATIVITY as adults. We explore my guest's childhood experiences of the arts, discuss how they came to the artistic practices they now love and that benefit their whole lives, and consider the barriers to creativity that they experienced between the two. My guests are proponents of visual, written and performing arts, with similarities and wild differences in their experiences. We discuss what it is that people value and gain from their new-found artistic experiences, and how their creative lives enrich their practical, necessary, everyday lives.

  • 22 minutes 5 seconds
    Meet the Collective: Mary Broddle Embroidery

    Buying an embroidery kit is a great way to get started with this craft, and Mary Broddle creates modern kits using traditional methods, as well as teaching online and in person. In this chat, Creativity Found Collective member Mary discusses how embroidery engages the brain's reward centre, reduces stress and offers a productive way to relax. She also discusses her personal experience with chronic pain and fatigue due to Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and how embroidery has been a therapeutic outlet for her.
    Mary also highlights the importance of trying new creative activities, especially for adults, to break out of routines and to practise self-care through small, daily acts of creativity.
    We also discuss the benefits of being part of a creative community as Mary explains how the Creativity Found Collective has helped her connect with like-minded individuals across the country, providing support and opening up new opportunities for her business.

    Mary Broddle Embroidery at creativityfound.co.uk
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    Researched, edited and produced by Claire Waite Brown
    Music: Day Trips by Ketsa Undercover / Ketsa Creative Commons License Free Music Archive - Ketsa - Day Trips
    Artworks: Emily Portnoi emilyportnoi.co.uk
    Photo: Ella Pallet

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    14 June 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 57 minutes 10 seconds
    Happy 100th Birthday

    Creativity Found is 100 episodes old, something I never could have imagined when I started the show with a secondhand microphone and a good idea.
    In this celebratory episode find out the whys, hows and whos of the show so far, including highlights from some of my guests.
    And if you haven't listened to all 100 episodes, you'd better get started!!

    Guests featured, in order of appearance:
    Karen Joy
    Gerry Coles
    Fish Lee
    Rowena Roberts
    Rich Chambers
    Leanne Tibiatowski
    Peter White
    Juliet Sargeant
    Mary Broddle
    Suzanne Noble
    Lou Hamilton
    Glasshouse Theatre
    Tara L Lacey
    Ruth Chipperfield
    Natalie Smart
    Gaelle Jolly

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    The Family Histories Podcast
    Join us and our guests as they reveal the fascinating lives of those in their family tree.

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    29 May 2024, 11:00 am
  • 47 minutes 19 seconds
    Joanne Robinson – from armed forces to art classes

    Growing up, Joanne Robinson was creatively encouraged in primary school and loved to draw for hours at home. However, her passion for art was dampened when she entered secondary school and was told by an art teacher that she wasn't very good. This negative feedback led Joanne to believe that she didn't have a talent for art, and she abandoned her artistic pursuits.
    Joanne joined the Royal Air Force and years later, while recuperating with a broken back, learned to paint and rediscovered her love for art.
    Joanne learnt that drawing and painting can be taught, and the importance of practice. Just like musicians are encouraged to practice regularly to improve their craft, artists also need to dedicate time and effort to honing their skills.
    Joanne's initial motivation to start The Little Art School stemmed from her own experience of how drawing and painting changed her life. She wanted to provide the same opportunity for others who may have doubted their abilities. By offering structured classes for both children and adults, Joanne and her business partner Melissa created a space where individuals could learn and grow at their own pace.

    The Little Art School at creativityfound.co.uk
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    Researched, edited and produced by Claire Waite Brown
    Music: Day Trips by Ketsa Undercover / Ketsa Creative Commons License Free Music Archive - Ketsa - Day Trips
    Artworks: Emily Portnoi emilyportnoi.co.uk
    Photo: Ella Pallet

    Click here to send a direct message to the show

    Click here to book a 1-to-1 online chat with me to understand more about the Creativity Found Collective, the promotional and networking membership for creative small businesses.

    The Family Histories Podcast
    Join us and our guests as they reveal the fascinating lives of those in their family tree.

    Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify

    Support the Show.

    Podcast recorded with Riverside and hosted by Buzzsprout
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    29 April 2024, 3:00 pm
  • 52 minutes 37 seconds
    Jane Crowfoot – contemporary crochet knows no bounds

    Adventures with yarn, needles and hook
    Delve into the colourful world of crochet with my guest Jane Crowfoot, also known as Janie Crow, as she shares her journey from average student to renowned crochet designer, author and the founder of her own brand.
    Jane opens up about her early creative experiences, her education in textiles, and the pivotal moments that led her to discover her passion for crochet. She discusses the challenges she faced in her career, including a stressful managerial role that stifled her creativity, and how she overcame them to find her true calling.
    From machine knitting swatch designs for fashion houses to consultant roles with Rowan yarns, creating patterns and crochet alongs and her deep connection to the arts and crafts movement, Jane's designs are not just about creating beautiful pieces; they're about pushing the boundaries of crochet and providing a rich, historical context that resonates with her audience.

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    CreativityFound.co.uk
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    Twitter: @creativityfoun

    Researched, edited and produced by Claire Waite Brown
    Music: Day Trips by Ketsa Undercover / Ketsa Creative Commons License Free Music Archive - Ketsa - Day Trips
    Artworks: Emily Portnoi emilyportnoi.co.uk
    Photo: Ella Pallet

    Click here to send a direct message to the show

    Click here to book a 1-to-1 online chat with me to understand more about the Creativity Found Collective, the promotional and networking membership for creative small businesses.

    The Family Histories Podcast
    Join us and our guests as they reveal the fascinating lives of those in their family tree.

    Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify

    Support the Show.

    Podcast recorded with Riverside and hosted by Buzzsprout
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    16 April 2024, 11:00 am
  • 32 minutes 43 seconds
    Rachel Larsen Weaver – imperfection and authenticity

    Portraying and valuing everyday family life
    As a film photographer Rachel Larsen Weaver captures authentic and imperfect moments, particularly highlighting the nuances of motherhood and family life. Her work showcases the real and raw aspects of these experiences, steering away from the facade of perfection often portrayed in mainstream media and on social platforms.
    In this episode Rachel talks about her journey from being academically focused to embracing her creative side amidst the chaos of raising a family.
    Rachel's creative pursuits began as a personal necessity, a way to connect with her life and tell her story through the lens of a camera, which she found more manageable than writing in the noisy environment of a growing family. She has since developed a unique approach to photography, conducting long-form sessions where she spends 24 hours with her subjects, capturing the essence of their everyday lives.
    In addition to photography, Rachel has rekindled her love for writing, particularly through her weekly newsletter, which has become an integral part of her creative expression and business marketing. She also hosts a writing workshop, emphasizing the accessibility of writing as a creative practice that can fit into the corners of one's life.

    If you found value in this episode and would like to show your appreciation, consider becoming a regular supporter or sending a few sats my way if you're using a value-for-value enabled app. Your support is greatly appreciated.

    CreativityFound.co.uk
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    Researched, edited and produced by Claire Waite Brown
    Music: Day Trips by Ketsa Undercover / Ketsa Creative Commons License Free Music Archive - Ketsa - Day Trips
    Artworks: Emily Portnoi emilyportnoi.co.uk
    Photo: Ella Pallet


    Click here to send a direct message to the show

    Click here to book a 1-to-1 online chat with me to understand more about the Creativity Found Collective, the promotional and networking membership for creative small businesses.

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    2 April 2024, 5:00 pm
  • 47 minutes 53 seconds
    Jessie Elliott – society, stereotypes and sparkle

    Helping everyone to find their sparkle
    From a young age, Jessie Elliott struggled with the idea of being her authentic self, feeling the pressure to conform to certain preconceived roles and expectations. She felt the need to shrink herself in order to fit in, stifling her creativity and inner voice.
    After the tragic loss of her father, Jessie took a bold step to move from Australia to Scotland, seeking a fresh start where no one knew her past, a period of her life marked by numbing her emotions and avoiding the pain of her loss.
    Returning home, Jessie found herself slipping back into old patterns of seeking external validation. It wasn't until she faced postnatal depression following the birth of her first child that she realized the importance of focusing on her own joy and well-being. This realization was the catalyst for her creative reawakening.
    Jessie's creative outlet, writing, became a powerful tool for her to process her emotions and connect with others. She has co-authored a picture book titled The Mum Who Found Her Sparkle, inspired by her own experiences and the desire to help others find their joy. The book challenges stereotypes around motherhood, aging, and gender roles, and emphasizes the importance of community and support.

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    Researched, edited and produced by Claire Waite Brown
    Music: Day Trips by Ketsa Undercover / Ketsa Creative Commons License Free Music Archive - Ketsa - Day Trips
    Artworks: Emily P

    Click here to send a direct message to the show

    Click here to book a 1-to-1 online chat with me to understand more about the Creativity Found Collective, the promotional and networking membership for creative small businesses.

    The Family Histories Podcast
    Join us and our guests as they reveal the fascinating lives of those in their family tree.

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    Podcast recorded with Riverside and hosted by Buzzsprout
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    21 March 2024, 4:00 pm
  • 44 minutes 22 seconds
    Corrie Legge – the quiet reconnection

    Corrie Legge was following Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, and during reading deprivation week – which she expanded to include other external distractions such as TV and social media – was at a bit of a loose end, having put the children to bed at her babysitting job. This period of quiet reflection resulted in a flurry of writing, something that Corrie hadn’t done for many years, having been put off by other people’s comments in her school years.
    Despite her creative inclinations as a child, Corrie found the pressure to achieve high grades often stifled her willingness to take risks in her writing.
    Corrie studied biology at college, for some time with thoughts of entering the medical field, only to realize through an EMT ridealong that her sensitivity to others’ emotions made this not a good career choice. Instead, she found a unique way to merge her interests in acting and medicine by working as a standardized patient, helping to train a new generation of empathetic doctors.
    The onset of the pandemic and the birth of her first child led Corrie to a full-time job that, while seemingly perfect on paper, left her creatively unfulfilled and emotionally drained. It was through revisiting The Artist’s Way once again – in particular Cameron’s thoughts on anger – that Corrie found the clarity and courage to leave her job and return to her true passions.
    Today, Corrie balances her creative pursuits with family life, finding joy in screenwriting, exploring the world of children's books, and nurturing her acting career. 

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    Researched, edited and produced by Claire Waite Brown
    Music: Day Trips by Ketsa Undercover / Ketsa Creative Commons License Free Music Archive - Ketsa - Day Trips
    Artworks: Emily Portnoi

    Click here to send a direct message to the show

    Click here to book a 1-to-1 online chat with me to understand more about the Creativity Found Collective, the promotional and networking membership for creative small businesses.

    The Family Histories Podcast
    Join us and our guests as they reveal the fascinating lives of those in their family tree.

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    Support the Show.

    Podcast recorded with Riverside and hosted by Buzzsprout
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    10 March 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 34 minutes 54 seconds
    Gaelle Jolly – letters and loss, messages and miniatures

    Navigating life's ups and downs by embracing creativity. 
    In this episode Gaelle Jolly shares her journey from feeling unfulfilled in her job and struggling to find her place in a competitive sector, to discovering a passion for creativity that provided solace during difficult times.
    Despite previously not seeing herself as creative, Gaelle has found an outlet in hobbies including photography and calligraphy, which eventually turned into a small business. We talk about Gaelle's love for paper, stationery, words and the art of bookbinding, which led to the creation of her own line of notebooks and other paper products. She touches on the therapeutic aspect of her creative work, which became a source of meaning and escape as she faced an emotionally challenging future.
    We also discuss the balance between doing something for oneself and turning it into a business, and how she maintains the joy of creating while managing the pressures of entrepreneurship.
    Gaelle's experiences remind us that creativity can be a powerful tool for healing and self-discovery, no matter where life takes us.

    "I think a lot of what I do actually does go back to childhood in some way, and it's about getting lost in an imaginary world."

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    Your contributions will help me continue to share inspiring stories of creativity and resilience.

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    Researched, edited and produced by Claire Waite Brown
    Music: Day Trips by Ketsa Undercover / Ketsa Creative Commons License Free Music Archive - Ketsa - Day Trips
    Artworks: Emily Portnoi emilyportnoi.co.uk
    Photo: Ella Pallet

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    14 February 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 48 minutes 33 seconds
    Bianca Giarola – learning to blossom

    Perseverance through practice and imperfection
    As a child Bianca Giarola loved drawing, partly influenced by her aunt – who encouraged her and her siblings to explore their creativity – and encouraged by her father – who would buy her those wonderful big colouring sets. However, as she entered elementary school she found that art was not particularly valued by her teachers and society in general, and she eventually stopped drawing altogether.
    Writing was a passion for Bianca – she always wanted to write a book – and journalism seemed the right path, followed by digital marketing. However, Bianca found herself struggling with mental health issues while working in her high-stress corporate job in Milan, and it was during this time that she stumbled upon a YouTube video about using calligraphy as a tool for improving mental health. Yet it is not calligraphy that Bianca is known for now, but beautiful botanical drawing.
    Find out how Bianca learned to draw and why she believes that through practice and consistency anyone can learn, just like she did. To that effect, Bianca has also now fulfilled her dream of writing a book that proves her philosophy.

    If you found value in this episode and would like to show your appreciation, consider supporting the podcast through the Support the Show link, or by sending a boostagram , for example in the Fountain app.
    Your contributions will help me continue to share inspiring stories of creativity and resilience.

    CreativityFound.co.uk
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    Researched, edited and produced by Claire Waite Brown
    Music: Day Trips by Ketsa Undercover / Ketsa Creative Commons License Free Music Archive - Ketsa - Day Trips
    Artworks: Emily Portnoi

    Click here to send a direct message to the show

    Click here to book a 1-to-1 online chat with me to understand more about the Creativity Found Collective, the promotional and networking membership for creative small businesses.

    The Family Histories Podcast
    Join us and our guests as they reveal the fascinating lives of those in their family tree.

    Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify

    Support the Show.

    Podcast recorded with Riverside and hosted by Buzzsprout
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    31 January 2024, 3:00 pm
  • 38 minutes 31 seconds
    Shirley Novack – blending fact and fiction

    From selling sweets to Cyndi Lauper to being questioned by the US Secret Service, Shirley Novack has lots of stories to tell, but when her father died she came across the story that she wanted to write down.
    As a child, Shirley's Eastern European parents’ conventional beliefs were not to her satisfaction, so she worked tirelessly, pursuing education and working alongside pioneers of fetal surgery, despite only holding an associate's degree.
    She later shifted gears, bringing life to rooms as an interior designer and capturing the hearts and minds of students as an educator. Each career pivot reflects her multifaceted interests and her ability to adapt and thrive in various professional landscapes.
    The most compelling turn in Shirley's life came after the passing of her father, which uncovered a family history ripe with hardship and survival. His hidden past became the spark for her foray into the literary world, blending the lines between truth and fiction in her writing.
    In this episode Shirley also shares her insight into the challenges and triumphs of publishing and self-promotion, her journey through the publishing industry is an encouraging tale for aspiring writers, emphasizing that with dedication and a bit of luck, the dream of seeing one's work in print can become a reality.

    If you found value in this episode and would like to show your appreciation, consider supporting the podcast through the Support the Show link, or by sending a boostagram , for example in the Fountain app.
    Your contributions will help me continue to share inspiring stories of creativity and resilience.

    CreativityFound.co.uk
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    YouTube @creativityfoundpodcast
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    Twitter: @creativityfoun

    Researched, edited and produced by Claire Waite Brown
    Music: Day Trips by Ketsa Undercover / Ketsa Creative Commons License Free Music Archive - Ketsa - Day Trips
    Artworks: Emily Portnoi emilyportnoi.co.uk
    Photo: Ella Pallet

    Click here to send a direct message to the show

    Click here to book a 1-to-1 online chat with me to understand more about the Creativity Found Collective, the promotional and networking membership for creative small businesses.

    Support the Show.

    Podcast recorded with Riverside and hosted by Buzzsprout
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    12 January 2024, 3:00 pm
  • 39 minutes 2 seconds
    Rebecca Norris – turning ill health into inspiration

    2023 Great Pottery Throw Down contestant Rebecca Norris tells me how she reignited her creative flame through pottery while navigating the demands of a teaching career.
    Rebecca was brought up in Northern England, where working-class values often overshadowed her artistic ambitions. She recounts finding solace in art during her school years and the subsequent pressure to prioritize a pragmatic career over her creative interests. Yet, despite these challenges, Rebecca's story is a beacon of inspiration, showcasing her ability to weave creativity into her life, teaching pottery workshops, crafting her own pieces, and imparting her knowledge at a local art school.
    Rebecca studied politics and English, although she didn’t get along with ‘traditional’ university, so changed to home study instead, and emigrated from the UK to Australia with her husband and son.
    While working in teaching, and after a significant health struggle, Rebecca made the decision to try as many craft disciplines as she could, and began reconnecting with her artistic side.
    And for those with a penchant for behind-the-scenes insights, Rebecca takes us through the labyrinth of emotions that came with her stint on the Great Pottery Throw Down. From the initial nerves of the application process to the empowering environment of the show, Rebecca's experience as a contestant reveals the deep connection between creativity and emotional well-being.
    Finally, as we discuss the complexities of pursuing a creative path post-show, Rebecca candidly discusses her future aspirations and the community support that sustains her.
     
    CreativityFound.co.uk
    Instagram: @creativityfoundpodcast
    Facebook: @creativityfoundpodcast and Creativity Found group
    YouTube @creativityfoundpodcast
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    Twitter: @creativityfoun

    Researched, edited and produced by Claire Waite Brown
    Music: Day Trips by Ketsa Undercover / Ketsa Creative Commons License Free Music Archive - Ketsa - Day Trips
    Artworks: Emily Portnoi emilyportnoi.co.uk
    Photo: Ella Pallet

    Click here to send a direct message to the show

    Click here to book a 1-to-1 online chat with me to understand more about the Creativity Found Collective, the promotional and networking membership for creative small businesses.

    Support the Show.

    Podcast recorded with Riverside and hosted by Buzzsprout
    Subscribe to the Creativity Found mailing list here
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    28 December 2023, 12:00 pm
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