Creative Space and Time: Podcast with Ricë Freeman-Zachery

To write Creative Time and Space: Making Room for Making Art, Ricë Freeman-Zachery worked all last year getting a ton of information and tips out of twelve artists (including me). She also got great photos of artwork, drawings, quilts, sculptures, collages, sketchbooks, and studio space from everyone.

CreativeTimeSpace-cover2For my contribution to the book, I think I wrote about 20 pages of answers to her many questions and submitted upteen photos of drawings, quilts, sketchbooks and my studio. The finished book is densely layered with the photos, tips, challenges, and personal stories from all of the artists and organized into ten chapters with intriguing titles such as:

  • Exploring Time – What exactly does “Time” mean to you?
  • Stuck in Time – When you need a tow truck to get out of a rut
  • Mental Space – What goes on up there in your head?
  • Soul Space – Where you receive permission to play
  • Creative Habits – Music, candles and companionable cats

This fall Ricë is doing a series of podcasts with the twelve artists she wrote about in the book. In yesterday’s podcast with me, Rice asked more challenging questions. Then towards the end of the podcast, in her usual articulate fashion, she was able to sum up my rambling answers into a concise and helpful set of tips (read her post about the interview on her blog Voodoo Cafe: Notes on Art, Writing, & the Creative Life.) Here are some topics we discussed, but to tell you the truth, the 45 minutes flew by!

  • Finding the best places to do creative work
  • Using the whole brain
  • Developing resource bank of ideas to avoid the “blank page” syndrome once you get back to studio

The other artists who contributed to the book:
Tracy Bautista, Theo Ellsworth, Lisa Lichtenfels, Chris Malone, Thomas Mann, Teesha Moore, Judy Coates Perez, Kelly Rae Roberts, Lori Marsh Sandstedt, Carter Seibels, Susan Sorrell, Roz Stendahl, and Judy Wise.


6 thoughts on “Creative Space and Time: Podcast with Ricë Freeman-Zachery”

  1. Rice (how do you make those little dots, darn it?) did a great job jurying the Fiber Artists of San Antonio exhibit this year. It’s just down, but I am working to get photos up on the FASA website asap. Then she talked about her take on putting together an exhibit and also about the book at our meeting. She and the talk were both fabulous. I have both the books and get inspiration from you and the other featured artists ALL the time. Keeps me on my toes and up to par and trying to get where the pioneers lead!

    1. Hi Susie — I don’t know how to make those two little dots either. I have a couple of friends with accent marks in their names, so I find somewhere that they have typed them and cut-n-paste their name into the document or web post that I’m trying to do.

      Not very elegant, but it works!

      And you’re right, it’s good we’re all keeping each other on our toes!

  2. I haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but I have subscribed, Thanks Pam. You are so web savvy, can you give me a few lessons? I would love my blog to function like yours.

    1. Hi Melly, I can’t tell what you’re using to run your blog? I use WordPress and there are lots of free themes out there you can download to try out. I’ve been working all summer to learn to use WordPress better, and recently found this one that I bought. I’ll try and post more articles about WordPress in the future, but it’s been a long time since I’ve used Blogger. That’s the only other blogging platform I know anything about.

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