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.
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.
Thank you, BJ!
Ricë also blogs at The Voodoo Cafe.
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