Ojai Mayor Johnny Johnston couldn’t be more informative about water supply, air quality, fiscal responsibility and accountability, the importance of tourism in Ojai, getting involved in community service, and more. Thank you Mayor Johnston! -and if you notice that the earrings perfectly match the kaftan, it is because both are based on my Dance of the Fall Leaves design 🙂 Here is our interview that aired 5 times on television in October 2017 and is available on YouTube, etc:
Just heard the fun news that the latest rainboot is now out with my “Sun and Moon” artwork on it – very FUN! Each pair of boots is sold with a collector card that has a picture of the original artwork paired with one of my poems.
Here is what it will look like:
-and here is what the original artwork looks like:
“Sun and Moon” has had a lovely history, including being included as part of a hospital permanent art collection and being licensed for collectible plates as well.
Expert jewelry designer John Muscarella couldn’t have been more informative about the new world of jewelry design, talking about 3D printing and jewelry design, the many different colors and types of gemstones and precious metals, what chemically enhanced and artificial gemstones are, and more. Thank you John! Here is our interview:
John Muscarella lets us see jewelry as a creative art form that blends creativity with technology, gems and precious metals. With respect to technology, the interview shares the role of the computer and computer software (also called CAD – computer aided design) in jewelry design, including also a brief discussion about 3D printing machines and CNC (computer numerical control) milling machines in jewelry design. The interview also goes over the 5 most valuable types of gems; different colors and types of diamonds and sapphires; how diamond cuts have changed through the years (miner’s cut, bruning, European cut, and multi-faceted modern cut); what it means for a gemstone to be chemically enhanced; what an artificial gemstone is; and how technology is blurring the lines between artificial gemstones and natural gemstones. In terms of precious metals, the interview briefly addresses platinum, gold and silver precious metals; how varying the alloys in gold produces different colors of gold; and how you tell the difference between white gold and platinum.
It was quite a thrill to perform my short story “Nessie” for television – it aired 5 times in 2017. In this short story, I had fun weaving traditional, modern and futuristic themes together, and I think the audience enjoyed the surprises along the way. Very fun memory! I was wearing a kaftan with my “Dance of the Fall Leaves” artwork on it 🙂
“Nessie” (c) 2017 M. Nicole van Dam. All Rights Reserved.
John Moore, Editor of the Ventura County Star, was so informative in his discussion about journalism – just a wonderful guest in every way. He oversees the online and digital versions of the Ventura County Star as well as traditional print media, and it was fascinating to hear him talk about how the business of journalism has changed. John covered everything from fake news to confidential news sources to the business of journalism. It was also a treat to visit John at the Ventura County Star headquarters – the newsroom was very much like the old movies – a huge room full of reporter desks. It was a bit intimidating to be interviewing such a pro! This interview of John Moore has aired 5 times on television so far. Here is my interview of the talented John Moore, Editor of the Ventura Country Star, online:
In 2017, I was asked to read two of my works for television broadcast – very fun indeed! Here is the first of the two to be broadcast – my poem “Life is Like Knitting.” I chose two of my works that had a knitting reference to tickle my Mother’s sense of humor. Following is the video of the reading, and below the video I have put the poem itself. I wore the “Dance of the Fall Leaves” kaftan based on my “Dance of the Fall Leaves” artwork.
As background on the poem itself, I had written about knitting, and life, some years ago, when I was starting anew before I met my wonderful husband. Knitting was a lovely part of my relationship with my Mother and also with my wonderful Aunt Barbara and her daughters Rika and Claire. The poem is apropos of so many of life’s changes and decisions:
Life is Like Knitting
Life is like knitting
Sometimes each stitch falls easily into place
Each row upon row flowing with grace
And then, a mistake, not easy to erase
A choice must be had
Do we go ahead flawed, looking a bit bad
Or do we unravel and then
Begin, begin, begin again?
With each new start
The old design deliberately picked apart
Carefully the yarn from the needle unfurls
Undoing all the knits and pearls
Cautious not to harm
The tender texture of the yarn
This life’s thread must be used to stitch again
In our universal pattern of row upon row, til time’s end
There is no shame in each start anew
No matter how many restarts or how few
The rows undone
In the redoing are part of life’s fun
The lessons learned along each knitted way
Can be used another day
To last, to warm our souls a little longer
Making our life’s knitting that much stronger.
Our area is so fortunate to have a knowledgeable and caring avian veterinarian, Dr. Christine Sellers. Avian veterinary medicine is a relatively unusual focus, and she is tremendously knowledgeable and also works with the Santa Barbara County Wildlife Care Network. Here is our television interview, which covers everything from chickens to pet birds to wildlife rescue (and I am wearing my “Windmill & Cows by Nicole” kaftan):
Medicine, the role of technology and pharmaceuticals in medicine, the impact of stress on the body (in medical terms), and healing are each such complex topics, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do two TV interviews of Dr. Kenneth Kafka, who shared a lot of insight about integrative medicine, traditional medicine, functional medicine, the role of genetic testing, the impact of stress on the body and the endocrine system and endobiogeny, and more (-and you will see I am wearing my “Dance of the Fall Leaves by Nicole” kaftan). These informative interviews each aired five times on television so far:
I was so fortunate to have the fun learning experience of doing a TV interview with both Winston Wright (Ventura County Planning Department) and David Hansen (Ventura County Building & Safety). They are both so knowledgeable, professional, and helpful. Here is the interview – hope you enjoy it and learn as much as I did! Thank you Winston & David!
Those of you who know my art well know that I don’t often paint in abstract, so it was quite an honor when one of my abstract artworks, “Roulettes” was licensed as a rainboot. I think it makes an absolutely lovely boot, and I couldn’t be more pleased! For sale o
I’ve been thrilled and honored first to be interviewed by an award winning local TV station, and then to serve as a guest host to interview others. That’s an experience I never thought I’d have! Here is my interview of the amazing musician, composer and arranger Jimmy Calire (who among other things toured worldwide with the famous band America)(and you will see I am wearing my “Love You by Nicole” kaftan):
In our interview, musician, composer and arranger, Jimmy Calire, speaks about his experience touring with the band, America, in the 1970’s, including also starting with Raven in the late 1960’s (Columbia Records), and his experience with Led Zeppelin, Joe Cocker, BB King and playing with Jimi Hendrix. I like that Jimmy is a natural mentor, discussing how he learns pre-existing music and the software he uses to help him. He also talks about “farming” or growing an idea. He also talks about the universal nature of music, as well as the role and purpose of music and offers practical advice to musicians trying to build a career. Such an honor to get to know Jimmy better!
I had so much fun painting “Country Autumn,” which was inspired by the lovely Fall season in Ithaca, New York, with its amazing Treman and Buttermilk state parks. Every time I wear these boots, I will be reminded of this happy time in my life! Available on Amazon.
A great memory is having my art at Santa Barbara City Hall for almost a decade – from around 2006 until August 2016, encompassing several mayors and city council members over many years. My artwork “Voting Booth” was the first thing a visitor to the Santa Barbara Mayor & City Council office would see when entering the office (see the artwork on the square wall). The artwork was accompanied by an explanation of what the art meant:
My artwork “Voting Booth” first thing visitors would see at the Santa Barbara City Hall Mayor & City Council Office
I took a quick video:
THANK YOU SANTA BARBARA FOR ALL YOU’VE DONE FOR MY ART!
Gosh – I’ve been interviewed! Didn’t expect that in my lifetime (and if I were to be interviewed on TV after my lifetime, well that would be, um, odd!). The whole television adventure was very fun. First, the studio was totally professional – three cameras – a full set – lights – action- NERVES! Hubby was there to cheer me on. Very unique experience. I was very nervous at first, but host George Alger is a pro, made me feel totally at ease! When I got to the point of reciting a poem from Tempo, I was doing it from memory, and actually forgot the first word for what seemed eons, but luckily the first word (and the rest) came to me. However, forgetting that first word was as close as I’d like to get to an on-camera, very embarrassing moment. It was nice to have the opportunity to share what I know, but even better to share the memory with hubby. Back to the real world now though! Time to paint!
If you missed the interview on TV (it aired 6 times! Pretty cool!), here it is – ENJOY!
Exciting News – I just learned last night that I will be interviewed July 6 by the engaging George Alger for the award winning Ventura Cable Channel 6 TV – which is the number 1 weekly community cable tv and web series! What an unexpected treat! I guess it’s time to get my hair done 🙂 Many thanks to Christine for her kindness and generosity and belief in my artwork and writing, to create this lovely memory and opportunity for me. This will definitely be an experience for the Memory Gallery!
Here is my “On the Set” artwork – when I painted it, I did not expect to find myself on a set!
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