Podcast with BJ Adams

I first met BJ Adams when I interviewed her for the summer 2012 issue of Art Quilting Studio, and I was just completely entranced. Such enthusiasm and so much generosity–sharing ideas, information, techniques. She was nearing the end of a year-long project to celebrate her 80th birthday, when she began working on a series of 80 canvases, each 8″ x 8″, creating a retrospective of her career as a painter and fiber artist. And although age is certainly not the focus of any conversation you have with BJ, you can’t help but marvel at her energy when people decades younger think they’re too old to have new ideas or new goals or set new challenges for themselves. And that’s another reason I wanted to do a podcast with her: to give people a chance to hear what a creative life can be like at any age.


"Traveling from Dawn to Dusk" by BJ Adams. Free-motoin machine embroidery on cotton fabrics with a zipper.

Click on the photo below to listen to our conversation. Go here to see more of BJ’s work, and here to read her blog. Here’s the first of her iPad app reviews–you’ll find more as you work forward through her blog. Here are the book sculptures we talk about, and here they are in the centerpiece for the dinner party.

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2 Responses to Podcast with BJ Adams

  1. Johanne says:

    Thank you Ricë for this inspiring podcast. I love how BJ’s voice sounds young and vibrant, the spontaneity of her train of thought. When I was 8 years old, I took painting lessons from a wonderful artist, she was 75. These women are trailblazers, showing us how life can and should be lived to the fullest.

    • Rice Freeman-Zachery says:

      Thank you for listening! Isn’t she amazing? I get a huge hit of energy every time I talk to her~~