I love talking to Jill for a bunch of reasons, but one of the biggest is that she’ll talk about things that most other people will only whisper about. Like the stress of change, for example. Like lots of mixed- media artists who also teach, Jill has seen the effects the economy has taken on art retreats and everyone involved with them. Because of this, she’s having to re-think this part of her career, and it’s scary: she loves being in front of a group of happy students, sharing her techniques and projects (including mixed-media map-making and creating handmade books). What’s out there to replace that experience? Well, the cool thing about Jill is that she’s working to find out, including hosting an artists’ summit–she talks a little about that, too.
If you’ve listened to our other podcasts, perhaps you won’t be surprised that we also talk about a bunch of other topics, including (omg) Jerry Spring and reality tv. Yikes! But not to worry–mostly we talk about real stuff.
Jill Berry is the author of North Light book, Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Map-making. She is a graphic designer, mixed-media artist and teacher who makes lots of books, paintings and other story-telling structures. Her handmade books are in the permanent collections of the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Denver Public Library. She has taught at three universities in Colorado as well as at several art retreats. Want more of Jill? Visit her website and blog.
Ricë also blogs at The Voodoo Cafe.
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