Mega Creative Mojo! May 8, 2013


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Here I am waiting for my weekly exam. Update to come–and lots of fun stuff, in the meantime, at Mark Lipinski’s Fan Page on Facebook. Thank you all, again, for the cards and letters and surprises and online support. I so, so appreciate it! xoxom


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Writer, Quilter, Craft Shop Owner, Scrapbooker, Genealogist



About NESSA…

Fabricate-int1 Nessa is a memory artist, ranging across scrapbooking, small-scale quilting, decoupage, family history, and writing. She writes young-adult fiction, memoir essays, and poetry. She’s also written for various publications, including Mark Lipinski’s Christmas 365 and Mark Lipinski’s Fabric Trends. And she’s a pop culture maven who owns more than 5,000 vinyl LPs (K-Tels a specialty!) and collects 1960s/70s craft & design books, showbiz bios, Sears catalogs, and cookbooks. Nessa graduated from Bowdoin College dreaming of becoming a jazz deejay, but instead worked as a writer, designer, and editor for 22 years. She’s the proud mom of 4 children, ages 13 to 22, and the proud wife of Peter, a scientist who studies aging. Six male cats have the run of their house—and every Wednesday, while she’s taping Creative Mojo, Nessa needs a Production Assistant to keep the felines at bay!

Nessa co-owns Fabricate, a vibrant crafts shop on Mount Desert Island, Maine. She designs art quilts, scrapbooking papers and embellishments, and hopes to add textiles to this list soon.

Among the random things on Nessa’s mind this week:

1. The things we do for love…


2. Derby time…

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3. Incomprehensible fonts…


And, from Nessa’s Bottomless Vinyl Vault…


CLICK HERE for Nessa’s website!

Nessa blogs HERE!


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Master Basketmaker, Teacher, Inspirer




Logo for web siteGeorge Neptune is a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe.  Currently the Museum Educator at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine, George has been making fancy baskets since he was four years old.  Taught by his grandmother, Molly Neptune Parker, 2012 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, George uses traditional techniques and designs combined with his own sculpture-like creations to create contemporary pieces of art that are truly unique.  At 20 years old, George became the youngest person to be named a Master Basketmaker through the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance.  He continues to pass the traditions of his family along to his Godson Logan (14 years old), and his youngest sister, Emma (9 years old).  George graduated from Dartmouth College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater.

Some of George’s incredible, intricate basket designs…

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George at work alongside his grandmother, Molly Neptune Parker…





CLICK HERE for the Abbe Museum’s website!

George is on FACEBOOK!

The Abbe Museum is on FACEBOOK!



HIV/AIDS Educator, Videographer, Photographer, Indie Music Enthusiast



About STEVE…

The BEACON Project logoSteve is currently the Program Manager of The BEACON Project at Saint Louis Effort for AIDS.  Funded by a matching grant from AIDS United, the BEACON Project is a multi-agency, innovative access to care program serving people living with HIV who have not received medical care in the previous 12 months.  The BEACON Project recently received a What’s Right With the Region award from Focus Saint Louis.  Steve presents workshops and seminars on HIV-related topics to a wide range of audiences.  He was chosen this year as the local presenter for a year-long seminar series sponsored nationally by the Black AIDS Institute and the HIV Prevention Trials Network.  He was previously a PxROAR fellow with AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention.  He has also twice received the Community Educator Award from CROI, the premier research conference on HIV/AIDS.

In 2012, Steve and his husband, Graham Matthews, were named the best music fans in St. Louis by the Riverfront Times for their work documenting the local music scene in St. Louis.  Steve and Graham attend more than 100 local music performances annually.  Since 2009, they have taken tens of thousands of photographs and almost two thousand videos. Their pictures and videos have been used in promotional materials for bands and venues, in local media, and shared extensively via social media.  A 2010 graduate of the Community Arts Training Institute, Steve is also a grants panelist for the Regional Arts Commission and serves on Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ Engagement and Inclusion Task Force.

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Steve and Graham are documenting a vibrant music scene!

Steve and Graham at Pitchfork Music Festival

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CLICK HERE for The Beacon Project’s website!


Read about Steve’s music documentary work HERE!



Fused Glass Artist, Designer, Teacher, Marketing Expert


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About JILL…

Jill is a past Resident Artist at the Art Glass Center at Glen Echo (AGC), where she taught classes, hosted open studios, helped manage the gallery, and sold her work. She also was responsible for marketing the AGC and her graphics design and advertising firm designed the logo, brochure and website and built a database of over 1500 email contacts who received a monthly e-newsletter that she designed, wrote and photographed when she was a resident artist.

Jill started working with fused glass in 2002 at Glen Echo. Her work has been exhibited and for sale at Gallery Plan b in Washington, DC, The Glenview Mansion in Rockville, Glen Echo Popcorn Gallery, the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo, the Belmont-Sewall House on Capitol Hill, Art & Sole at the Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, the Strathmore Winter show in the Mansion, the Ratner Museum in Bethesda, NIH, Progressions Salon in Rockville, IONA Gallery in Washington, DC, Huckleberry Fine Arts Gallery in Rockville, Weisser Glass in Kensington, MD, the Durant Arts Center in Alexandria, VA,  the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room, and at the James Renwick Alliance day in Chevy Chase, MD.

Jill is a member of NCAGG (National Capital Arts Glass Guild), an organization of local glass artisans and The James Renwick Alliance. The James Renwick Alliance is an independent national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing scholarship and education on contemporary American craft, to supporting activities directed toward this purpose, and to encouraging connoisseurship and collecting.

In November 2011, Jill built a fused glass studio in her home. In addition to exhibiting her glasswork, she designs glass commissions and teaches fused glass classes. Her website is She has also taught fused glass at VisArts in Rockville, MD.

Jill has a BA in Studio Art from the State University College of Oneonta, NY and an MA in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore. She owns and operates an award winning marketing, advertising and graphic design firm since 1982 in Bethesda, Maryland. Clients have included the US Postal Service, AOL, Johns Hopkins University, Gallaudet University and NIH.

Jill has been a presenter at various branding conferences nationwide and taught branding and advertising at Johns Hopkins University graduate school where she wrote the curriculum. Her marketing and graphic design work has been published internationally.

Jill says, “My inspiration comes from many things including the many countries I have visited around the world, especially third world countries including Uganda, Morocco, Tanzania, Mexico and many more. I am particularly drawn to African art, and especially faces. I love using interesting color combinations and mixing opaque with transparent glass and sometimes incorporating other mediums like beads, feathers, swarvski crystals, fusible paper, glass rods and beads and buttons. I also design transfer work using photos, graphic images, words, invitations, sheet music, or practically anything. These make GREAT gifts.”

Jill’s beautiful glasswork is beguiling!

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CLICK HERE for Jill’s website!



Educators, Labor Advocates


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[returning to finish our interview from last week!]

About ANDI…

Adrienne Andi Sosin chairs the education committee of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. She co-authored The New York City Triangle Factory Fire, a 2011 Arcadia Images of America book, and co-edited and authored chapters in Organizing the Curriculum: Perspectives on Teaching the American Labor Movement (Sense Publishers, 2009). Andi taught English Language Arts and Social Studies in New York City’s middle and high schools, and Literacy Education at Pace University, the City College of New York, and Adelphi University. She earned her Ed.D. in Higher & Adult Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, an M.S. in Industrial Relations at Pace University, an M.S. in Reading Education at Queens College, CUNY, and a B.A. in History and Education at SUNY StonyBrook.

About JOEL…

Joel Sosinsky is an attorney and founding board member and currently serves as Secretary of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. Now retired from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and New York City government, he co-authored The New York City Triangle Factory Fire and contributed to Organizing the Curriculum: Perspectives on Teaching the American Labor Movement. He earned his J.D. at St. John’s University School of Law, an M.P.A. at New York University, and a B.A. in Economics at SUNY StonyBrook.


About Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition…

The Triangle Waist Company was located one block east of New York City’s Washington Square Park. On March 25, 1911 a fire broke out on the 8th floor. The workers ran to the fire escape. It collapsed, dropping many to their death. On the 9th floor a critical exit was locked. People on the street watched as the workers began to jump out the windows to their death. Fire trucks arrived but their ladders only reached the 6th floor. The elevators ran as long as they could, workers pressed into the cars; some tumbled down the elevator shaft.

146 people perished, mostly young immigrant women. There was a trial but the owners, long known for their anti-union activities, were acquitted. The fire galvanized a movement for social justice and became a rallying cry for the rights of workers, women and immigrants. Many of the fire safety laws that protect us to this day were created in response to this tragic event.


According to their website, “The mission of The Coalition is to raise public awareness of the Triangle Fire and its legacy. Each year we remember the victims, mostly immigrant, mostly young, and mostly women, who died in the tragic fire. The Coalition also celebrates activism and the continued fight for workers’ rights. In partnership with family members, friends, and members of the community committed to honoring those who died needlessly, we will create a vertical urban memorial.

“We remember because we are still fighting for social justice for all.”




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CLICK HERE for the Coalition’s website!

CLICK HERE to donate to the Coalition!

Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition is on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and YOUTUBE!


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One Comment on “Mega Creative Mojo! May 8, 2013”

  1. Debby Siccardi
    May 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM #

    Hi Nessa/Mark, I noticed there are no comments on this post yet, so I think you may not realize that this podcast dated 5/8/13 has still not posted on iTunes yet and today is May 16th.
    I know there was a podcast yesterday, on the 15th, so I didn’t expect to see that more recent one on iTunes yet but I just wanted you to be aware that the podcast from 8 days ago
    (May 8th) still is not on iTunes.
    Waiting patiently :):)


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