WE’RE GOIN’ FOR THE GOLD!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Just log onto www.toginet.com for a brand-new,
Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski!
3 pm -5 pm EST 2 pm – 4 pm CST 1 pm – 3 pm MST 12 pm – 2 pm PST
Call in anytime during the live show with your questions or comments for my guests
and you can WIN Jessica Levitt’s new book!
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MEET MY CO-HOST
Designer, Crafter, Event Planner, Blogger
Jessica Levitt has been sewing and quilting since the age of 12. Always thirsting for some new craft, she has taught herself countless quilting techniques as well as costuming, event design, and home decor. She is a designer for Windham Fabrics. Her degree in engineering from Duke University is now largely unused while she pursues fulfillment in more creative endeavors. Jessica lives and works in New Jersey with her husband and two children.
Jessica says, “I love a good project. It’s what my life is about. And I’ve tried my hand at so many different kinds of arts over the years: I’ve sewn intricate quilts. Costumed entire theatrical productions. Planned detailed and festive birthday parties. Designed beautiful rooms. Styled and coordinated extravagant weddings. Sewn inventive clothing and costumes for my kids. And plenty more…
But through it all, I keep coming back to fabric. I crafted my first quilt more than 20 years ago, before I was even in high school. Since then, textiles have become my medium of choice and sewing my passion. Combine that with my love for color and pattern, and fabric design becomes the natural product.
I’m a self-taught designer with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science (Duke University) of all things. But since I left the field to pursue more creative endeavors, I’ve never looked back…
These days, I find motherhood to be the most challenging and satisfying project of them all. I live with my husband and two children in New Jersey and though our days are chaotic, they’re filled love and tons of creativity. As I watch my kids grow I realize how important it is to me to never stop learning and challenging myself. So please stop by my blog and check out whatever my newest endeavor might be.”
Jessica recently founded The Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild, which is part of the Modern Quilt Guild. They focus on modern quilting and challenge themselves to try new techniques. They say, “We’re all about being laid back, enjoying ourselves, and getting to know other quilters!”
Jessica’s designs are fresh, fun, and fab!
Can’t wait to chat about her first book!
CLICK HERE for Jessica’s blog!
Jessica’s author page is HERE!
Jessica and I will be enjoying a lipsmackin’ libation as we dish:
3 oz .Lemon Lime soda
3 oz. Apple Juice
1 oz. Dekuyper Sour Apple Pucker Schnapps®
1 oz. Absolut Vodka®
Directions: In a tall glass with ice, add the two alcohols and then the apple juice and soda. Stir and enjoy!
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Actress, Writer, Singer
RENÉE BANG ALLEN
Renée was born in a suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark and was brought over to the states, as an infant, by her Swedish mother and Danish father. She is the youngest of three children. They resided in the northeast, where she spent most of her adolescence.
Soon after graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, Renée made her professional debut in the cast of the 1st International touring company of Grand Hotel (1991) directed by 9-time Tony Award® winner, Tommy Tune. She continued to work Off-Broadway, regionally and made her Broadway debut in the John Doyle directed revival of Stephen Sondheim’s, Company (2007 Tony Award® Winner – Best Revival). Soon after, she became part of the Off Broadway production, Secrets of A Soccer Mom, directed by 2-time Tony Award® winner Judith Ivey. More recently, Renée was cast in the acclaimed production of Spring Awakening (2011) (Carlos Armesto, dir.) at ReVision Theatre, in historic Asbury Park, NJ.
In film Renée was featured as “Bootsey” in the 2006 indie, Sex Farce, (Evan Greenberg, dir.), and as “Bernadette” in Bernadette, etc. (David Perlman, dir.) On television, among other commercial spots she is currently featured in Universal Orlando Resort’s national TV campaign.
Other current projects include “54” the musical which Renée wrote and stars in as part of Theatre C and L!VE Asbury Park’s new works series. Check back here for upcoming summer 2012 promotional concert dates in Asbury Park, NJ featuring a selection of unbeatable funk and disco tunes from the show – all performed L!VE and unashamed…
Beyond all that, you can find her on any given night coloring and listening to music with her daughter, Olivia Raen and artist husband, J. Brent Allen.
Renée’s new project, 54, showcases her talents!
“54″ the musical is a chance to revisit a brief, but revolutionary period of popular music and culture – the disco era – as we follow two couples exploring and celebrating history being made. The story begins in a predominantly black-attended funk club and ends a few months later in the high profile disco, Studio 54. Through the piece we follow the main characters navigating interracial relationships, drug use, sexual liberty, changing musical paradigms and love – at all costs. The music, while familiar to fans of the funk and disco era, has been repurposed to serve as both backdrop and storyteller. The piece will be presented as a living installation where the audience can viscerally connect with the excitement of the era and identify with the stories of the songwriters as they are re-imagined through the characters these songs have helped create.
“54″ the musical was conceived during the summer of 2009 thanks to an excellent iTunes playlist and a decent car stereo and actually written whilst alternate-side-of-the-street parking in Manhattan the fall of 2009. It was registered with the WGA in March 2010, received a copyright in June 2010, was informally read around a dining table sometime thereafter, then read again in December 2010 at the historic Gramercy Theatre (now concert venue) in NYC and most recently enjoyed a more formal (private) reading for the new creative team in February 2012.
CLICK HERE for Renée’s website!
Follow the progress of “54” HERE!
Donate to help launch “54” HERE!
Renée’s on IMDB!
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Glass Artist, Jewelry Maker, Author, Teacher, Photographer
About KERRY. . .
Kerry Bogert is a former student of Visual Communications and Graphic Design turned stay-at-home Mom of 3. She is married to her High School sweetheart, Ron, and together with their sons, Jacob and Andrew, and daughter, Lauren, they have set down roots in Webster, NY, just outside Rochester, NY.
In December 2003, Kerry discovered a passion for The Arts outside of computer graphics with jewelry design. “I really love getting to work with my hands and creating things. Taking bits and pieces of stuff and making something beautiful is really rewarding,” says Kerry.
In September 2005, Kerry launched her lampwork glass beads on Ebay, in her online Glass Gallery, and now her Bead Box. Working with glass has become an exciting path for this designer and she hopes to continue exploring this medium for many years to come.
In May 2006, Kerry started spreading her knowledge, teaching at local art studios and in private classes. As a self taught jewelry designer, the opportunity to teach others is a daunting task but an exciting one. Kerry is thrilled to show others her skills and hopes to see you in one of her classes soon. Teaching was taken to a national level in 2010, hosting workshops at Bead Fest Wire, Bead Fest Philly, and ArtBliss. You can contact her anytime for information about upcoming classes.
Spring of 2010 was the culmination of years of hard work when Kerry released her first book, Totally Twisted: Innovative Wire Work + Art Glass Jewelry (Interweave, 2010). In its pages, Kerry has poured her love of all things glass, wire, and color creating a collection of 24 unique projects.
Kerry’s work has been published in several major jewelry making magazines. She was also the July 2006 Featured Artist at TheAnnealerMagazine.com.
Kerry’s beads and creations pop with joy!
CLICK HERE for Kerry’s website!
Kerry blogs HERE!
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Seamstress, Embroiderer, Quilter, Designer, Author, Teacher
Jan Vaine is an experienced seamstress, quilter, applique enthusiast, pattern designer, and teacher. She has 45 years of sewing and needle work experience, and 15 years of teaching experience in needle arts. Her teaching credentials include the past 6 years at The Elly Sienkiewicz Applique Academy, the International Quilt Festival, and 16 years at local quilt guilds, and quilt and sewing shops.
Jan explores and studies the methods used by needle artists of antique quilts and vintage embroidery, and how they interpreted their designs with elements of embroidery, stumpwork (surface embroidery), and ribbonwork. The exquisite handwork of treasured vintage pieces is the inspiration for her fresh new designs.
Among Janice’s credits:
- Guest designer of ancillary projects, “Baltimore Elegance” by Elly Sienkiewicz, 2005
- Author of The Art of Elegant Hand Embroidery, Embellishment and Applique, 2011; Applique & Embroidery Fundamentals, May 2012; and Ribboned Bouquet, February 2012
- Magazine contributor for AQS and Quilters Newsletter
Janice’s Graham Cracker Collection is chock-full of gorgeous, handy projects!
Janice and I are talking about her beautimous new book:
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Copywriter, Baked-Goods Doomsayer
Shannon O’Malley is an advertising copywriter in San Francisco with Nike Women, Michelob Ultra and The Austin Chamber of Commerce among her clients. A self-described “urchin arts enthusiast,” she is the author of Apocalypse Cakes: Recipes for the End (Running Press, 2011).
“We’re doomed. Eat cake,” O’Malley writes in the book’s introduction. “A variety of cataclysmic punishments from God continue to rain down upon us. Obviously, this is the time to eat several entire cakes. Use this book to help you celebrate your time on this earth, for when you look up from your cake-smeared cakehole, the sky will fade ablack, the lakes will blaze aflame, and the locusts will buzz aswarming. Eat now, little heathens: there are no cakes in the apocalypse.”
Apocalypse Cakes is cultural commentary wrapped up into curious cake recipes,” explains O’Malley. “I started Apocalypse Cakes as a recipe blog about cakes in homage to apocalyptic eventualities. Running Press partnered with me to release it as a book in 2011. During most of 2010 I was writing it and directing the design and photography for its 30 images. It’s since been featured on NPR, The Village Voice, Fast Company, The San Francisco Bay Guardian and others.”
Photographs by Keith Wilson illuminate O’Malley’s culinary concoctions, including Global Warming Hot Apple Pie, Gay Wedding Cake, BP Oil Black Bottom Cake and Agent Orange Carrot Cake. O’Malley sprinkles social commentary into her recipes with a dash of humor.
“Stir in carrots, fold in pecans. Pour all into pan. Bake for 50 min,” instructs O’Malley in her recipe for Agent Orange Carrot Cake. “Check the weather channel for roving toxic plume. Cool in pan for 10 min., then turn out onto a wire rack and cool.”
Yummy has never been so gloomy!
CLICK HERE for Shannon’s website!
The Apocalypse Cakes blog is HERE!
Order Shannon’s book HERE!
Shannon is on TWITTER!
And when your MOJO listening’s done. . .
If you’ve never used Auriful Thread. . .
. . . then you haven’t really sewn!
Why not start off with my BASICS ?