Conversations on Craft

We welcome back Ashly Hutchens, my good friend, and my personal tattoo artist. We actually did this in her shop and I got a tattoo while doing the interview. You will hear the hum of the gun and the music she plays. It was a great time and yes I will include a picture of the final work. 


Welcome back friends, Welcome to KDOI Podcasting Kimo’s Den of Iniquity where we create more than we consume, I am your head instigator Timothy Kimo Brien. This episode will focus on craft. Out of all the subjects this season, this is probably the one that is the most tangible. We can put our hands or witness craft in action. Maybe that is why it is the easiest to talk about, perhaps it is the hardest. Our friends over at Merriam Webster define craft as skill in planning or executing; dexterity, occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill, skill in deceiving to gain an end, members of a trade union, to make or produce with care, skill or ingenuity. Our two quotes come from Gene Fowler “Writing Is easy. You only need to stare at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead,” and Stephen King “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

Gene Fowler was a writer with the Denver Post and a syndication manager of King Features. His later work included over a dozen screenplays, mostly written in the ’30s and a number of books including biographies and memoirs.

Stephen King author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books. King has published 58 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and six non-fiction books. He has written around 200 short stories, most of which have been published in book collections.


Why craft? This is the most concrete topic for me yet it is also a bit nebulous. Some people can fake craft with shortcuts or YouTube videos. Craft takes study, craft takes doing craft takes failure and picking yourself up and pushing forward. Craft takes vision and research about where you want to go and what you want to incorporate in your work. The two quotes I chose really speak to me about the hard work that comes with being artistic. This stuff doesn’t just drop in our lap, we aren’t waiting for some invisible friend in the sky to do it for us or give us a clue about how to complete something or overcome a barrier, craft is the action of getting up when you are sick and blowing chunks, getting into your space and making something happen when it is the last thing in the world you want to do. Craft separates the wheat from the chaff, it isn’t meant to handcuff us, it is to help us push through whatever blockages we may have that prevent us from being our natural creative selves. Let’s get this conversation going.



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