Wild Concrete is the brain child of Brazilian born and raised Bruna Kowall. Now settled in Toronto you can catch Bruna selling her beautiful minimalist plates, trays, coasters and pots at various beloved markets. In this episode we explore the importance of her faith in her practice, how she transferred her experience of growing up seeing her dad’s construction company back home to studying industrial design and prototyping these concrete creations that help ground her and bring her back to herself. Integral to it all are the mentors, her husband and friends that told her to just do it. We aren’t thinking about a figurative one day anymore, we’re putting whats unique to us out into the world to be appreciated.
Having a natural nurturing energy can manifest in many ways, for Emile is eventually was answered in pursuing naturopathy but it was a journey to realize the beautiful life he though certain careers promised him wasn’t necessarily the answer. The young naturopath/musician balances his passions with pursuing his alternative healing path by day and boy band concerts at night, and somehow he’s been a serial serious monogamous long term relationship guy with all of that going on.
We talk about what it means to easily slide into relationships and how it has affected him to experience being single. Why being present and completely honest can be a challenge when dating and how his music allows him to cope with everything.
Dennis Oba is front end web developer and graduate of OCADU Illustration programme. He explains that something that has always bothered him is the lack of options presented to people trying to figure out how to be creative, with counsellors only providing the typical answers. Yet there are so many more options, akin to dating in many ways. We compare the popular apps, and the not so well known ones and think of the anxiety as well as excitement that they bring. Then what about having a family, what does it mean to be an artist and want to cultivate a family? Today it’s all possible and it’s interesting to hear how we can start to tackle it all.
Welcome back! It’s taken a minute to get back into the swing of podcasting but I am so excited to start it back up after a year hiatus. Our first guest is Ria Elciario, founder of the online platform She’s Got Wonder where creatives have a chance to display their work in a landscape that is often hard to enter. Ria was inspired by her own experience and struggles getting her work seen, to give voice to those talented individuals that found the barriers to display their work intimidating and impossible. The name was inspired by the David Bowie song She’s Got Medals and the rest is history.
Ria dabbled in the culinary arts, had an online magazine, from early she had a love for performance and music and her story meanders in this way of using her family and friends to inspire creating and pushing past mental blocks that she gets very vulnerable about. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.
Bethany Pile is a recognized realist painter who studied at the University of Toronto and is currently based in Barbados. She works primarily in oil and watercolour to paint her subjects in great detail.
Realizing one's talent at an early age is something that we are not all so lucky to experience but if you are, it is a masterpiece to watch that person grow and hack away at it each day. Talent alone only gets you so far and Bethany talks about her decision to study art in Toronto, how she finds art subjective and her hesitations to teach since she doesn't want to judge someone else's work. On finishing her degree she swiftly returned back to Barbados, a place that will always be home and somewhere she can translate the contemporary techniques she learned.
Relationships help push her to create but Bethany is skilled at keeping her private life and her art two distinct entities. Creating polarizing work without exposing too much of her own inner life.