Make Do

Make Do
Tiff Arment and Julia Skott talk about art and making. They won’t teach you how to turn your creativity into a business. Or how to do anything, really. They just want to talk about doing stuff. Hosted by Tiffany Arment and Julia Skott.

64: Keeping It Real
Sep 16 • 49 min
Is realistic art better than not? Is it important to be able to draw or sculpt with a realistic result? How many times can Julia say “yes and no” in one episode?
63: Getting Good as Heck
Sep 2 • 44 min
It’s OK to not want to be super best - but if you WANT to get really good, how do you do that? We discuss motivators, tips and tricks, and plain ol stubbornness.
62: Tiff Did The Thing!
Aug 19 • 38 min
Tiff did the thing and sold her stuff at a walking art fair! We talk about how that feels, and about some of the practicalities.
61: A Whack on the Side of the Head
Aug 5 • 44 min
We take on a book about shaking loose your creativity.
60: I Give You Three Tasks
Jul 22 • 30 min
We think of three fun and-or weird projects for each other to do. And then just keep coming up with stuff!
59: Apathy, Empathy, and Inspiration
Jul 8 • 34 min
We talk about people who inspire us in different ways - but also why it can be hard to feel that inspiration and encouragement.
58: When You Just Can’t Even
Jun 24 • 33 min
We talk a little bit about what to do when you can’t make things, for whatever reason. Is it always a bad thing?
57: Routines and Rituals
May 27 • 38 min
Do you have a special hat you put on to paint? A candle that helps you write? We discuss the rituals and habits we create around our art – and what to do when those rituals don’t, in fact, trick the muse into showing up.
56: Eating The Elephant One Bite At A Time
May 13 • 46 min
A listener email has us talking about the differences in getting ready to do BIG projects and smaller ones. Does the giant mountain start to feel smaller after you climb it once?
55: K. Tempest Bradford and The Power of Narrative
Apr 29 • 53 min
Julia talks to writer and podcast neighbor K. Tempest Bradford about being a creative, teaching people how to write, and whose stories get told and by whom.
54: Don’t Tell Me How To Hobby
Apr 15 • 40 min
We take on a listener question about feeling like you’re not doing your hobby right and producing worthy things, and how that can make you hesitate to even do it at all.
53: Stu-stu-studio
Apr 1 • 44 min
A whole room? A rented space? A tiny corner? There are lots of ways to set up a studio for the stuff you make. Not everything will work for all people, but there are a lot of things that can be good to think about.
52: Give In, Give Up, Let Go.
Mar 18 • 49 min
When do you give up on things? Or entire crafts? Basically, we try to answer the fundamental question: ”What IS fun?”
51: Thank… You?
Mar 4 • 49 min
We follow up on leaning into pretention, and then try to figure out how to accept compliments gracefully. Or at all.
50: To Write With Light
Feb 19 • 52 min
Photography! We talk about Tiff’s path to becoming a capital P photographer - and, of course, if photography is Art. Also why pictures with that white frame around them felt so much more fancy when you were a kid.
49: Little Boxes, All The Same
Feb 5 • 46 min
”Your brain is infinite, but your space is limited.” Tiff gets deep when we talk about organizing your materials. By function? By craft? By color? Bye bye?
48: The Not-So-Distant Future
Jan 22 • 36 min
It’s time to dream and plan for 2020. Not in hindsight. Foresight. Also: How do you find a new hobby?
47: Brain Potatoes
Dec 25, 2019 • 44 min
We talk about our year and what we’ve maybe learned. Sort of. CW: This episode contains some discussion of mental health.
46: A No-Good Heartbreaker, A Liar And A Cheat
Dec 11, 2019 • 48 min
It can be hard to get over the feeling that you’re cheating somehow, if you’re not doing Art exactly the way you think it ought to be done. Why is that?
45: A Safe Place To Get Lost
Nov 27, 2019 • 59 min
Studiomate Jamie is back to talk about her year of boldness and about vulnerability. Also: Borrow other people’s stuff!
44: Keeping It Cosy
Nov 13, 2019 • 45 min
It’s time to put on comfy slippers and do some nice, cosy, undemanding crafts. (Or is it?)
43: Julia: Journalist Jabber
Oct 30, 2019 • 52 min
Tiff gets to turn the questions back on Julia, for a discussion about journalism and pottery as careers.
42: They Say The Neon Lights Are Bright
Oct 16, 2019 • 73 min
After a quick Inktober chat, we get deep into Tiff’s not-that-seedy past at a Broadway costume shop. And yes, it is just as cool as you imagine.
41: Oh Noez, I’m Monetizing My Hobby!
Oct 2, 2019 • 39 min
We need to work out some feelings. Insecurity, overenthusiasm and overexertion, joy, worry. They’re all there.
40: Back To Life, Back To Reality
Sep 18, 2019 • 27 min
Tiff is back in the studio, and Julia is itching to get back to hers after a month on the road. What have we learned from having to, well, make do with what we had? Also, a big reveal!
39: Afternoons with Gerhard
Sep 4, 2019 • 34 min
We watch the documentary *Gerhard Richter Painting* and ponder what makes an artist great, and how the sound of paint shmooshing and scraping makes us feel.
38: Give Me A Q! Give Me An A!
Aug 21, 2019 • 36 min
We answer some listener questions, from suggestions for specific pens to more philosophical musings about productivity and profitability.
37: “You’re Just Coloring”
Aug 7, 2019 • 33 min
What do you do when someone else says the things that you say to yourself? Why do they like to feed our impostor syndrome? Send us your questions for the Q&A episode! makedopod @ gmail
36: Self. Help?
Jul 24, 2019 • 33 min
We tried reading a book and gave up. So we talk about self help or inspirational books, and about giving up.
35: Merlin Mann and Vulnerability
Jul 10, 2019 • 71 min
We get a visit from Merlin Mann, and talk about - well, a lot of stuff. What to call yourself, tall poppy syndrome, and micro-creativity.
34: Be Nice To Your Past Self
Jun 26, 2019 • 43 min
Why are we mean to our younger selves, when they were trying out new things? Can we be nicer to our now-selves by being nicer to our then-selves? Also, did Julia ever really like hockey?
33: And All That Class
Jun 12, 2019 • 39 min
Julia is very excited about some workshops she’s been taking lately, and we talk about the ups and downs of taking different kinds of classes to try new things or improve your craft.
32: Failing Forward
May 29, 2019 • 39 min
Some followup, some crap news, some Pollyanna attitudes. We discuss how we’re dealing with some failures and frustrations.
31: What’s Your Type?
May 15, 2019 • 34 min
We took a quiz on creative types, and it spun into a discussion about what that actually means. And if it matters. HOMEWORK: How would you describe yourself as a creative person?
30: I Know You Are But What Am I?
May 1, 2019 • 24 min
We tricked our respective husbands into joining us for a conversation about being creative and not, and putting up with us. (And by tricked, we mean we asked them.)
29: Reunited And It Feels So… Good?
Apr 17, 2019 • 36 min
We met up in Atlanta and talked about being good and feeling not good. And how to take a compliment.
28: “The Artist Is Resident”
Apr 3, 2019 • 48 min
Julia has Done A Thing, and so we’re talking about artist residencies and creative retreats, and what those can mean.
27: Take The Cake
Mar 20, 2019 • 54 min
We are celebrating our one year podiversary! And what better time to talk to Tiff’s bestie Tanya about the ups and downs of being a cake artist. (Though she might object to that word. )
26: ”Do Women Have To Be Naked To Get Into The Met Museum?”
Mar 6, 2019 • 52 min
It’s not easy being green. Or pink, as the case may be. What role does gender play in our own making, and in the history of art and creating? Spoiler: It ain’t all roses and fluffy yarn.
25: Out and About
Feb 20, 2019 • 43 min
Art is not just for museums and living rooms - it’s all around us! We discuss murals, graffiti, illicit mosaics, and all sorts of possibly gray area beautifying.
24: When Art Really Is Pain
Feb 6, 2019 • 42 min
There are a lot of ways to hurt yourself when you’re making stuff. We discuss ergonomics, stupid injuries, proper protection and weird helpful doodads. Plus a question about (not) comparing yourself to others.
23: It All Sparks Joy, OK?
Jan 23, 2019 • 43 min
Konmari mania makes it into the Make Do studio, as we discuss if and when you should take a long hard look at your stash of craft supplies.
22: We Need A Resolution
Jan 9, 2019 • 52 min
Welcome to the distant future! We’re talking about goals, aims, resolutions, and intentions, and what they can mean. (And which of them sends Tiff hiding under her desk.)
21: 2018 - That Was The Year That Was
Dec 26, 2018 • 40 min
We do a little end of the year wrap-up and talk about things we’ve learned and things we’ve tried. We’d love to hear your thoughts - and we want to know your goals and resolutions for next year!
20: Happy handmade!
Dec 12, 2018 • 48 min
Makers gonna make and makers gonna give. What kind of value and values do we place on homemade and handmade gifts?
19: Studiomate Jamie in: ”Let’s Not Make This About Boats”
Nov 28, 2018 • 58 min
Tiff has lured Jamie from one studio into another and we talk about finding your voice — more than once — and about her winding path with and without art.
18: The Myth of the Tragic Artist
Nov 14, 2018 • 53 min
We do some final Inktober check-in, but mostly we talk about the idea that real art comes from pain and real artists don’t dull their pain.
17: Words, Words, Words
Oct 31, 2018 • 40 min
We calm some fears about X-acto knives, and talk about writing as a creative pursuit. Do people treat it differently from painting or knitting?
16: Spoopy Decorations, Do-overs, and Some Fun News!
Oct 17, 2018 • 45 min
Noisemakers and party hats - we’re now part of the Relay FM family! Also party hats and decorations because we’re talking about Halloweeny crafts and such. Plus some inktober check-in.
15: Inktober
Oct 3, 2018 • 33 min
We answer a couple of listener questions, and then chew on Inktober, a 30-day inking challenge. What’s the deal, how do we feel about it, what are our strategies?
14: Doodles, Self-Worth, and Inspiration, Question Mark?
Sep 19, 2018 • 36 min
It can be hard to separate your sense of self worth from your output – either quantity or quality. But that’s probably not the best way to handle your identity as a creative person. (Or is it? Julia briefly plays devil’s advocate.) Also: Spaghetti-Os.
13: Sew, Sew, Sew Your Coat
Sep 5, 2018 • 39 min
Dedicated follower of fashion or not – sewing is an amazing maker-skill to have, and we talk a little bit about why.
12: Paint With All the Colors of, You Know
Aug 22, 2018 • 48 min
There is no reason to stop asking people what their favorite color is, right? It turns out Tiff and Julia have the same one – but we also talk a lot about all sorts of colors and how color theory, -psychology, -philosophy, and -blindness might work.
11: Posers and Impostors – Looking the Part
Aug 8, 2018 • 37 min
Can an artist wear khakis? Do tattoos make someone cool and creative? What stereotypes do we have working for or against us, as creative and makey people?
10: Ready, Set – Challenges
Jul 25, 2018 • 42 min
Challenging yourself is good. We think. But what about specific challenges, like doing something every day for a month, or making a hundred of something? Also: Naked dude report.
9: Content and Intent – Being Political
Jul 11, 2018 • 53 min
Is art political – and does it have to be? Do you have a responsibility to make with issues and values in mind? Is crafting as post-apocalyptic life skill a political statement? Either way, we have a lot of feelings on the subject, and on current events.
8: Figuring out our Feelings
Jun 27, 2018 • 45 min
Touchy feely touching base time. How are we feeling about our creating? Is talking about it making it better or worse? And is it OK to do a thing just because it’s fun?
7: Too Cool for School
Jun 13, 2018 • 36 min
6: ”Give Me Worth” – selling your art
May 30, 2018 • 49 min
When do you decide you feel good enough about your art to start charging for it? And how do you put a value on it? We discuss the commercial side of creating. We also check in on our homework progress, and sing the praises of professional framing.
5: Baller at Whales – Social Media, Inspiration, and Fails
May 16, 2018 • 33 min
Social media is your friend. Except when it isn’t. And when it comes to creativity, that is very much the case. So how do you use it to your advantage?
4: From The Pen Show – Double Broad, Double Feature!
May 2, 2018 • 80 min
Together at last! We met up at the Atlanta Pen Show to talk to some amazing creative friends, and try to figure out what a creative community means to us.
3: Why Do We Make? (”Hello. I am achiever. Please notice.”)
Apr 18, 2018 • 32 min
Why? That is forever the question, isn’t it. Why do we make and do? Also, can we just put in our 10,000 hours spread over a thousand different things?
2: A Room of One’s Own
Apr 4, 2018 • 37 min
It is a truth universally acknowledged that having space to do art is an amazing feeling. (Never mind that first time you get to say ”my studio” out loud… ) But spending money on your art, be it a hobby or a business, is not always an unadulterated joy
1: ”Lowercase a, art.”
Mar 21, 2018 • 27 min
Introductions! Tiff and Julia share a little about themselves and their relationship to art and creativity. And Bob Ross.