Crafted is a show that explores the philosophies, tools, and techniques that we use to create exceptional work. The show interviews independent artists, designers, hackers, founders, and makers on how they began, their artistic and technical process, motivation, and how they define success and failure

Guests discuss the artistic background of their childhood, their entry into the creative field, current projects, and their goals for the future. Listeners will learn tips on organization, staying inspired, managing finances, and much more. The show extends its reach through content found only on the site including show notes, examples of the guests' work and links to other incredible projects in the creative community. 

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Adam Arnold

In this inaugural episode of Crafted, I sat down with Adam Arnold to discuss the importance of struggle.

Adapting to challenges and being able to overcome limitations in pursuit of goal is what separates hobbyists from those with a seemingly divine purpose. Through struggle, Adam Arnold helped shape the burgeoning fashion scene in Portland in the early 2000s.

Adam describes his studio as an extra limb of his. It's an extention of his mind, brought into physical reality through white walls and bricks.

There just isn’t enough time in a life to develop, make, and work on all of the things I want to. That’s why I’m often in my studio...It is every artistic person’s divine right to have such a not only helps in the development of ideas, it is essential to the personal evolution of the soul.
— Adam Arnold

I interviewed Adam for bePortland in April 2013. I like to think of this episode as a continuation of that interview as we revisit and expand upon many of the same ideas. The music you heard on this episode is from Phantom Fauna and Jenova 7.

Philippe Garcia

I sit down with Philippe Garcia to discuss his improbable transition from working as a freelance audio engineer in Lyon, France, to owning a bakery in Portland, Oregon. 

You can find out more about Philippe and his bakery on his Facebook page.

The music you heard on this episode is from Phantom Fauna and Jenova 7.

Kate Bingaman Burt

For Kate Bingaman Burt, illustration began as a way to hold herself accountable for the tens of thousands of dollars of debt she was in. In one example of Kate's "automated projects", she posted illustrations of her credit card statements online, using vulnerability and transparency as a means for change.With an newly acquired taste for illustration, she began drawing daily, documenting one purchased item from February 5th, 2006 through February 5th, 2014.

The project that struck me most was on the found objects. Free boxes which pepper the street corners of Portland every summer exist as something between time capsule and garbage can. Kate takes note of these things and out of it arise questions of consumerism, preciousness, and personality. What does a book about Freud, an Ugly Betty DVD, and an old towel say about someone? Whatever it is, it makes for an interesting story.

In terms of applying limitations and restrictions, make it like it’s a job. Identify the time of day you’re going to be doing this, identify how long you want to be doing it, identify the tools you’re going to be using and keep it consistent.
— Kate Bingaman Burt

In episode three of the show, Kate discusses growing up in an artistic household, her struggle to pick a major, the people who inspired her, her introduction to the industry, and advice for those with trouble beginning or ending projects.

The music you heard on this episode is from Phantom Fauna and Jenova 7.

Adam Garcia

In this episode I talk with Adam Garcia, the Art Director, Designer, and Illustrator behind his studio The Pressure.

After studying at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Adam worked at Rhymesayers, 160over90, and Nike. His expertise includes illustration, event coordination, branding, packaging design. Adam is also an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University and host of the Amazing Stumptown Spelling Bee.

We spoke about the winding road to a career and the unforeseen benefits and opportunities that arise from being vague. Titles denote expertise, but can also limit the type of things you create.

Follow Adam Garcia on Twitter

The music you heard on this episode is from Travelling Day, Phantom Fauna, and P.SUS.

Tsilli Pines

As Tsilli Pines' profession evolves, she describes herself as less of a designer and more as "the person that gets things done". In the years since moving to Portland, Tsilli has positioned herself as a leader in the Portland design scene, as the host of the local chapter of Creative Mornings, Co-Director of Design Week Portland, and Graphic Designer at the creative agency Fine.

We discuss the concept of leaving a legacy, motivation, and the rewards of reaching out to those you admire and respect.

SET Creative

This episode of Crafted was recorded live in front of an audience at Design Week Portland headquarters at Pioneer Courthouse Square on October 10, 2014.

I interviewed Israel Kandarian, Louis Carlton and Joel Ryan Brandon of SET creative, experiential creative agency.

Nowadays, clients really appreciate that you can channel their aesthetic. Studios that do have a hyper-clear aesthetic can find themselves marginalized. Having that ability to be facile and nimble is highly important.

We discussed best-in-class brands, executing with quality and speed, and failing fast. We also talked about examples of their work with Nike, Uniqlo, and the Design Week Opening Party. I also asked them what would they create if there were no constraints. Joel wants to design an airline, and Israel is waiting for jetpacks.

Special thanks to Erin Dooley and Tsilli Pines for their help coordinating the show.

The music you heard on this episode is from Travelling Day, Lee Rosevere, and Mooninite