I am so excited to introduce this week's guest! Carson Demers is a Physical Therapist, life long knitter, and Author of the book Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting.
Want to learn more? In this conversation, Carson shares how he's worked tirelessly to study the efficiency of knitters and their working environments.
Carson comes from a long line of craftsmen and has been around knitters for as long as he can remember. He is now a physical therapist who gets to share and teach his knowledge of the body with his fellow knitters.
Carson got involved with ergonomics through an unfortunate injury and he jokes that since the injury catalyzed this love for ergonomics, he “hasn’t come up for air since”! He shares with us how we can all be more efficient in our craft but more specifically he hones in on how to knit safely, wisely, and productively. Luckily, Carson’s injury laid the foundation for the work he does...
Ever feel like your health and wellbeing is not a priority because of the lofty price tag that often accompanies it? We totally get it and have definitely been in that mindset before. I mean, why does the dentist have to feel like such a luxury sometimes? Thankfully, we have Shannon Donnell with us to tell us about O+ (O Positive) Festival; an event dedicated to providing healthcare to artists and musicians.
Listen in as Shannon takes us through her exciting career journey and the twists and turns her dreams have taken to get her to where she is today, especially with O+ Festival. Her dreams began in music to become an orchestral flutist and then slowly shifted to becoming a Registered Nurse. Shannon offers universal health knowledge for people, especially artists and musicians, everywhere.
Shannon’s story, as well as O+ Festival’s message, offer hope that you do not have to sacrifice your health for your creative vision and vice versa. For...
Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? As Makers we tend to put our skin at risk. We forget the importance of taking care of ourselves, especially in regards to skincare as self care. Pastry chef turned Body Stone maker, Kate Mcleod, reminds us of the value in taking a moment to turn in and nourish our skin.
Kate believes we are a collection of all of our passions and past experiences, and boy, does she have quite the interesting collection of passions and experiences! She began in finance but slowly migrated to culinary school where she became a pastry chef. Kate tells us how this chapter is where she founded her true passion of creating moisturizing Body Stones based on her introduction to raw cocoa butter. She also tells us how she makes these beautiful creations and why they are so special. Spoiler Alert: these Body Stones melt on contact with the skin leaving you feeling moisturized and cared for.. We could all use some more of that!
Do you experience low back and neck pain from hunching over the potter wheel? Have you wondered the ways in which creating at the wheel can affect your own body? In this podcast episode of Wellness for Makers with Stephanie Wilhelm, we discuss the ways in which you can create a practice at the wheel that is sustainable and in alignment with your body.
We were introduced to Stephanie Wilhelm at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts where Stephanie was an Artist in Residence. She is a lifelong artist from Maryland whose study abroad in Mexico founded her love of clay. Stephanie holds a BFA from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Florida. She has been a production potter, spent years in the wood-firing community, has worked at multiple community clay centers and institutions, and has had her work exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally. Currently, Stephanie is a part of the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana as one of their 2019-2020...
Ever wonder how you can work in a way that protects your career as an artist? Carrie Cleveland from CERF+ shares her secret! CERF+. Carrie has worked for CERF+ for 11 years and currently finds herself overseeing the Education and Outreach side of the organization.
CERF+ is the Craft Emergency Relief Fund. An organization that was founded by artists for artists. It formalized what began as crowd funding and turned it into a platform to provide meaningful financial assistance and recovery for artists suffering from natural or personal disasters. CERF+ urges artists to prepare and rehabilitate studio practices, as well as helps actively confront disasters.
Carrie tells us about her remarkable career and impact with CERF+ and offers a wealth of resources for all makers. We talk about the time Wellness for Makers and CERF+ joined forces and we listen as Carrie shares some insightful stories to reflect on and consider the importance of an organization such as...
Let’s get real. As artists we can tend to let our love for creating take over and thus results in our bodies being neglected. Typically, we think about this neglect in terms of our bodies anatomical structure: aches, pains and strains. But, have you ever considered neurological and nervous system affects?
Abby Mechanic thankfully reached out about collaborating with Wellness for Makers in order to share her personal story. We met over smoothies to talk about how wood making has shaped her life. She began wood-making as a freshman in High School and went on to receive her BFA from the Maine College of Art with a concentration in Woodworking and Furniture Design. She now acts as the Manager of the Making Center at Parsons School of Design. In this role, she works closely with leadership to implement administrative support to align the Making Center objectives across all shops, labs and facilities. Outside of Parsons, Abby currently leads spoon carving...