Thursday, September 15, 2011

In the Studio with {beatrice + the bird}

Like many at-home artists I know, I don't have a dedicated studio space in which to do my work. I sew in my dining room, which means often my supplies are sharing space with placemats, candles, and salt and pepper shakers. (See attached photo and I also do the majority of my work in two-hour increments, while my two-year-old son naps. In order to stay on track in such a multipurpose space and constrained time, I try to be as organized as possible - a skill which doesn't come naturally to me, unfortunately - and I try to create a sonic environment that's conducive to working. In my case, this means listening to variety of podcasts. Here are some of current faves:

If I have just a few minutes to listen (and work), I go to:
If I have a solid chunk of time, I tune into:
  • WTF with Marc Maron ( - Totally profane ("WTF" stands for what you think it does), totally irreverent, and often weirdly profound, Marc Maron is a comedian who interviews other comedians in his garage, along with the occasional non-comedian guest (try to track down his interview with Baltimore's own Ira Glass of "This American Life.") Even if, like me, you have no idea who have the interviewees are, the conversations are always worth a listen.
  • Slate's Gabfest, Culture Gabfest and DoubleX podcasts ( - Each of these is fiercely intelligent, funny, hour-long roundup on the latest political or cultural news, with a good mix of high- and low-brow content (Marc Maron has been a guest on the Culture Gabfest). Listen to one and feel a little bit smarter for the rest of the day.
  • The Simple Mom Podcast ( - Blogger Tsh Oxenreider broadcasts low-key, thoughtful, and down-to-earth conversations with other low-key, thoughtful, and down-to-earth parents about everything from traveling or crafting with little kids to maple syrup-making. Simple Mom provides a little bit of perspective to sanity-deprived parents of small children.
What are you listening to these days?

Written by: Lily of {beatrice + the bird}

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