The Back to the Drawing Board podcast cultivates a unique perspective on the shape, role and meaning of visual art in the everyday world. Through interviews with adventurous and out-of-the-box thinkers and makers, Back to the Drawing Board instills an approachable and fun integration of life and art.
With over 96 episodes, with guests from five countries, the podcast ran for three and a half years, aquiring
about 20,000 downloads.
Bonus Episode, Looking Back on the 3.5 Years of the Podcast
released september 17, 2021
I wanted to wrap up the podcast by sitting down with my friend Jana, and giving her the reins. As somebody without an art background, Jana interviewed me about the past 3.5 years, including difficult moments, my favorite episodes and what my plans for the future are. Enjoy and thank you for following along for the journey!
Design, Community for Creatives, with Megan
released september 13, 2021
And here it is: the final episode of the Back to the Drawing Board podcast. In this last episode, I chat with Megan Sjuts, a graphic designer, educator and creative coach about all the challenges young creatives face, such as comparison and lack of community. It seems so fitting to end off on a topic that originally was the reason why I started the podcast: community! I hope you enjoy it!
The Misunderstanding of the Creative Process, Mental Health with Pascale Côté
released august 30, 2021
In this episode I'm chatting with Pascale Côté, a business and creativity coach, about all things creative process, reframing the sensitivity of creatives as something that makes them excellent at their work, and the vicious cycle of overworking and being underpaid. Pascale finishes the episode with offering some awesome tips that you can implement today, so make sure you stick around until the end!
Staying Curious about the Art System and its Institutions
released august 16, 2021
Ready for another solo episode? Inspired by a suggestion from a listener, I take the time here to present the case of Strike MoMA and my thoughts on what this means for me. Strike MoMA is a movement challenging the institutions of the art system today to do better in terms of both their actions and words. I hope you enjoy!
Finding Facts, Graphic Novels with Alex Bodea
released august 2, 2021
After a two month break, I am happy to return with a conversation about graphic novels, journalism, facts and observation. Listen to my chat with artist Alex Bodea to find out more about her graphic novel 'The Fact Finder.'
Creatives in Quarantine, Resilience with Brian and Michael Thibodeau
released may 24, 2021
This week I'm chatting with Michael and Brian Thibodeau, brothers and creators of the project 'Quarantined Portraits': a record of the different ways creatives deal with the pandemic. The book features portraits that Brian created of all of the 51 participants, alongside a QR code that allows the reader to listen to each interview session. Your curiosity about quarantine art as well as how creatives have been handling this period will surely be quenched with this episode!
Working with People, About People, Social Practice with Emma Smith
released may 10, 2021
The guest this week is UK based artist Emma Smith. We chat about what social practice means to her, working with large multidisciplinary teams, and the more subtle ways of communication, such as sound.
For Emma Smith a social practice is both the methodology and the subject matter. She shares with me in this episode that working across disciplines allows her to see the bigger picture. There's many more gems in there, so make sure to listen to the full conversation above!
Surviving a Rainy Year as a Cultural Institution, with Business/Arts
released april 26, 2021
In this episode you get a peak at my conversation with Karran Sahadeo, Creative Director at Business / Arts, a Canadian organization that cultivates partnerships between business and arts organizations. Karran and I chat about how Business / Arts got started way back in 1974, and how organizations have been adapting their programming and funding models in the last rainy year.
Women Empowerment Art, and Gender in the Arts, with Molly
released april 12, 2021
In this episode I am chatting with Kent artist Molly Lambourn, whose interests include womanhood, mundanity and the self. We chat about her exhibition "Women in Protest," what role art can play in gender issues and what it means to be a woman in the arts.
The Creative Home, Design to Stimulate Ideas, with Donald M. Rattner
released march 29, 2021
This episode's guest is architect and author Donald M. Rattner. Inspired by his book My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation, we chat about his motivation for writing the book, why it was important for him that the techniques in the book were backed by science and he even gives a sneak peak into the book by sharing one technique with you!
Thinking out Loud, Top 4 Creative Podcasts
released march 15, 2021
It's time for me to share the love and share with all of you my current favorite creative podcasts. I list four of them and why I love each of them in this episode. They are the perfect podcasts for those looking to live inspired, curious and creative lives!
Power and the People Keeping the Gates Shut, with Alice Rivard
released march 1, 2021
This is probably one of the most important episodes I have ever released and it's with author Alice Rivard. We talk about gatekeeping, the people 'keeping the gates shut' and power dynamics in the art world. If you ever felt like there were random rules or codes in the art world that you didn't understand or didn't fit into, then you'll love this episode!
The Business of Being Creative, with Esma Kirim
released february 15, 2021
n this episode I sat down with Esma Kirim, creativity coach and business mentor to discuss all things mentorship, the challenges that creatives struggle with (including MONEY!) and the step-by-step approach she takes to help her clients.
Changing the Narrative with Photography
released february 1, 2021
On this episode I'm joined by photographer and video artist Jay Sullivan to chat about the intersection between memory, psychology and the creative process. We chat about how the creative process helps him shift his narrative around his past, if the final artwork matters, and whether the public can relate to artwork build around such personal experiences and memories.
The Body as Canvas, Henna with Anoosh Ahmed
released january 18, 2021
Time to learn about the practice of Henna! Join me in this episode, where I sit down with Canadian artist Anoosh Ahmed to discuss the history and origins of henna, the way its used today and how she uses it in her drawings.
Scrolls of Patience, Tibetan Buddhist Art, with Carmen
released january 4, 2021
Let's talk more about the Tibetan Buddhist perspective on art and it's role in society!
For this episode, I am talking to Carmen Mensink, a painter and teacher with over 13 years of training. We touch on aspects such as what drew her to tangka painting, the history and tradition of this practice, and her opinion on the contrast between 'Western' and 'Eastern' approaches to art.
One Take Vlogs, the Home Museum, with Jip Heijmerink
released december 21, 2020
On this episode I am chatting with Jip Heijmerink, who's back on the podcast, this time to tell me more about Thuismuseum, an initiative that brings the museum to your home. We chat about the future of art institutions, the insights those without an art background can bring to the field, and the differences between online and offline art viewing.
Thinking out Loud, Photography and the Memory of the Body
released december 7, 2020
Since recording the last solo episode on my Master's thesis (episode 70), I realized that I never shared with you my work and research for my Bachelor's thesis. It's on the topic of photography, art as therapy, the memory of the body, and how art can help the creator go beyond the analytical mind. I hope you enjoy!