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At the Crossroads of Art and Craft With Lisa Solomon


The best thing about today's conversation is the colorful shapes it takes on, and I'm not just talking about the rainbows in Lisa Solomon's work. No, this is all about shooting from the hip and having a good chat with a talented individual who just happens to be really cool at the same time. I've had conversations with university professors in the past, and they were never as fun as this conversation with Lisa. Lisa Solomon is an artist based on Oakland, CA who specializes in a reinterpretation of craft as an art form. Much of her work is an experiment in blurring the lines between the two concentrations, and in doing so, she starts new conversations about what is art, what is craft, and what happens when the two meet. "I’m interested in the line between art and craft, because I think the line is sorta silly." She's also a glutton for punishment, which is evident when you look at some of her installation pieces, like the 1,000 Doilies. Talk about dedication to an idea. I admire … [Read more...]

When to Fight Resistance, and When to Listen to It

Truthfully, this is a little scary to announce, but I’ve decided to postpone indefinitely my most successful product line in order to pursue more of my second most successful product line. Does that even make sense? Hardly, at least to the outsider, but as with anything, I have quite a few good reasons. Before I get into what I’m killing off, a little moment of self-discovery. If you’ve listened to my episode with Caitlin Bacher, then you know I’ve been wrestling with something. This announcement is about that something. Normally I would play off this small struggle as fear or resistance trying to keep me from making good things happen, but I noticed when I had conversations with myself about this particular product, it filled me with a bit of dread. The dread wasn’t about the work, and it wasn’t about the money, but instead, it was about all the time involved in making the product happen. All I could think about was how much work I wouldn’t be getting done during that time. Most … [Read more...]

Quick Note About the Show

Starting the 2nd week of July, I am going to be moving the Fresh Rag Show from Wednesdays to Thursdays. I’m doing this for three reasons. If you’ve been listening to the show for awhile, then you know I like to hack things—a tendency to think, “let’s do this and see what happens.” I doubt this experiment will bring about big changes, but since I was planning to move the show anyway, let’s see what it brings about. In late August, when my son leaves preschool for kindergarten, his and my schedule is going to shift. I’m using this change as a chance to prep for the new schedule. Lastly, and most significantly, I’m opening up room for something new. I won’t tell you what it is yet, because it’s still several weeks off, but I think you’re going to dig it. That’s the basics, and I know I’m being elusive, per usual, but I wanted to make sure you were aware of the changes before I put them into motion. So, again, not this coming episode, but the one after that will be … [Read more...]

Improve your Social Awareness With Caitlin Bacher of Little Farm Media


With all the different social media choices out there, it can be really difficult to separate wheat from chaff, and decide where to spend our precious time online. Some might have you believe you need to be everywhere, but is that really the case when it's possible that some of your people may not be in some platforms? Moreover, what are we to make of all the new media options, including those that are unfamiliar, and may have an inauspicious reputation, like Snapchat? Today, I invited my friend Caitlin Bacher of Little Farm Media back on the show to talk more about our thoughts on all the new media options. We also talk about some of the bigger standards, and she drops some knowledge on Pinterest about things you probably have not heard before this. I invite you to get in the know with Caitlin. Relative Links Little Farm Media Our first chat together Bossy Biz Ladies e-Course Caitlin on Pinterest Get her free Pinterest Ebook Music: Choose Your Enemy by Thee … [Read more...]

June Q&A On the Fresh Rag Show

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Today is questions and answers day. Here's what we talked about: Melissa My sister and I are sister artists and we have separate Instagrams but one business. Should we merge them and what would be the best way? Julianna I'm developing a new product that I'm really excited about and plan on introducing to my shop next month. It's something that I haven't seen before in my industry and I think my customers will really love it.What's your take on the amount of time I should leave between teasing it, announcing it and releasing it for sale? Also, I want to start reaching new customers as well so I'm planning on contacting a few influencers in my industry that blog/podcast to see if they can help me to promote this product on their platforms. Do you have any advice for what I should say when I contact them? (They do many reviews so I think they will be open to the idea.) Jenn K. What's the best way for freelancers to find new clients? I get most of my work through word of mouth and … [Read more...]

Building a Design Agency From Scratch, With Ben Howes of Howes Design Co.

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Today's chat is a little different. Instead of bringing you a seasoned veteran to show you how they made their millions (or thousands), I was challenged to bring on more people who are just making their way in the game. Not one to shy away from a challenge, I invited Ben Howes of Howes Design Co. to come on the show and share his story. Ben has been doing design for awhile, but only recently started working full time in his own design agency. He did what most of us doing at first, working a day gig until he could make enough income to keep himself a float with his own business, but then jumped ship from the day job a little early because the perfect time to jump never comes. Now he's doing his best to create a branding agency from scratch, building up clientele, and hoping to make a big impact in his creative career. Today's chat is a lot about Ben telling his story mixed with me lending some insight and mentorship. Ben has a good vision for him and his business, but we could all … [Read more...]