The folks at City Lights recorded my recent interview with Peter Turchi and posted it to YouTube. I enjoyed it very much. (The last time we spoke was 2015!)
How I make a collage
People ask me all the time to share video of how I make my collages, so here’s a quick one:
Saturday morning collage #tapeandmagazines #showyourwork pic.twitter.com/YIRueiM3AN— Austin Kleon (@austinkleon) August 6, 2022
And here’s what it looks like in my diary, without any cleanup:
My interview with writer and artist Edward Carey
“It was dark, and I needed a little light. So every day I did a little drawing.”
Here is video of my interview with the excellent Edward Carey for Creative Mornings Austin. We talked about art, family, Pinocchio, and the challenges of making things during the past year:
When they asked me if there was a local Austin artist I’d like to interview for CM Austin’s 8th anniversary, I had a long list of folks in my mind, but when they said the topic was procrastination, I immediately thought of Ed, and, specifically, this clipping, which I cut out of a NYTimes years ago:
I’m shocked that his latest project still doesn’t have a US publisher. Editors, get on it!
I’ve written more about EC’s work here.
Nobody should have to hustle
I kind of love this animated video that Gergo Varga made from a conversation I had with Chris Do, talking about the “Make Gifts” chapter of Keep Going.
Like my friend Clayton Cubitt says: “The phrase ‘respect the hustle’ makes me sad. We deserve a world where nobody has to hustle.”
I could talk about Corita all day
I was delighted that the Corita Art Center asked me to talk about Corita Kent and the impact that her art has had on my work. (She was a kind of guardian spirit for Keep Going: I wrote about her in two separate chapters.) In this video I talk about her unique way of looking at the world, her terrific book with Jan Steward, Learning By Heart, her advice to borrow a kid, and the way she thought creativity has seasons:
Drawing with Dan
Here’s a video my friend Dan Roam and I recorded for his Napkin Academy about how to stay creative in good times and bad. Dan is so good at what he does — I remember seeing him give a presentation at SXSW five years ago and 20 minutes later everybody in the room wanted to buy a copy of Show & Tell. We always have fun, and I’m already looking forward to the next time.
SXSW interview with Debbie Millman
I was delighted that Debbie Millman agreed to interview me live at SXSW for her podcast, Design Matters. I’ve cut and pasted a few highlights, below.
On acknowledging the role of luck:
Anyone who has any kind of audience and doesn’t acknowledge luck is deluding themselves. Of course we make moves that put us in the right place at the right time, but to not acknowledge luck just seems to me a great disservice to everyone.
On my books as bathroom reads:
“When someone tells me that they keep my books on the back of the commode, that is a great compliment to me, actually—because that’s where people read.”
On having parents like Milton Glaser’s:
“I had a mother who told me I could do anything, and a father who said, ‘Prove it.’” That’s the best school there was.”
On finishing a project:
“The great pain of creative work is that once the thing is done, it’s dead to you. I mean, execution is literally like an execution.”
Because I believe in credit where credit is due, there’s one little thing I want to clear up. There’s a really fun surprise at a certain point in the conversation, a moment so good that I hate to ruin it. Though I’ve been a fan of Debbie’s work for a long time, it was actually Mary Doria Russell’s 1999 commencement speech at Laurel School that inspired my wife.
You can watch our conversation on YouTube, or listen on iTunes or Soundcloud below
Going to church with Chase Jarvis
Chase Jarvis is one of my very favorite people to talk to, so I was thrilled that he agreed to interview me on the Seattle stop of the Keep Going tour. Here’s the video of our conversation:
The setting was a little different than what we’re both used to: We spoke in the University Temple United Methodist Church, across the street from the University Book Store.
Here’s a photo of the EXIT signs I mention during the talk:
I grew up in a Methodist church, so it brought back all sorts of feelings for me. Singing in the choir. Half-listening to sermons while reading the Bible. Lighting candles on the altar. Meeting my best friend while plonking on an old piano in Sunday school.
I think the setting gave this conversation a different tone than our others. Maybe more pensive. I don’t know.
Here’s our first conversation, from 2013:
Here’s us in 2014, riding around in the back of a car at SXSW:
And here’s our third conversation, from 2016:
Chase always makes it fun. My many thanks to him, his team, the University Book Store, and the great audience who turned out.
Make an appointment with the page
PS. The “make an appointment with the page” line is a nod to the Mary Oliver quote that opens the journal.
Creative is not a noun
Here’s video of a 40-minute keynote I gave during the Scratch Conference at MIT’s Media Lab last month. It was one of the most enjoyable talks I’ve given — it’s a kind of mashup of my books, and it was received by a great room full of enthusiastic people. (Followed by a Q&A with the wonderful Karen Brennan.) If you’re interested in having me speak at your event, check out my speaking page.
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