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MindMatters Podcast: An Interview with Founder, Sneha Nambiar

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Sneha Suresh/Nambiar is the founder of mental health podcast, MindMatters, which aims to start conversations, share stories, destigmatise mental health and generate honest discussions. We chat about the podcast, her own struggles and how creativity can help us heal. Copyright Sneha Nambiar  Why did you want to start a mental health podcast? The idea of the podcast came much later to be very honest. Thinking back now, I never would have seen myself use the podcast format but the more I thought about what I wanted to achieve with this, I realized that sharing stories, having conversations it’s the only way. And podcasts just seemed like the perfect platform/mode to give it a go. Personally, the idea was to start this very necessary conversation on mental health. It honestly ties back to my history. Growing up, I didn’t have the safest or a “happy” childhood and I do believe a lot of that trauma built up and manifested into issues that I still deal with. But one of the most impactful inci

Inspiring Positive Change: Artist Hayley Bosworth Interview

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Talented artist, Hayley Bosworth, shares her story on the creative process, her inspirations and thoughts on how art can break boundaries and create positive change. Hi Hayley! How did your creative journey start?  I’m such a stereotypical Pisces, and being naturally shy, I’ve always used creativity as an outlet to express myself.  Art for me, is a distraction - and I’m very easily distracted! If there’s something I should be doing, I’ll likely be drawing instead. When did you first start making art? I’ve made art ever since I can remember, although I did badly at art in school. I didn’t want to learn about art history. I wanted to make a mess and experiment.  I remember as a kid I was obsessed with drawing pirate ships and treasure maps. When I was younger, I was always customising my jackets, making t-shirts and stuff. It’s funny, because I’ve always considered myself an introvert, and as a teenager I’d only really wear black. It wasn’t really until my 20’s that I started to embrace

Start the Wave Projects: Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge Interview

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Another Start the Wave Project is Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge   that  provides lifelong care to rescued farm animals, educates people about the realities of animal agriculture, and promotes veganism by offering knowledge, support, and community. Founder and Animal Care Director, Lenore Braford, talks about how the Refuge started, her relationship with animals, why she thinks animals are treated inhumanely and why they deserve the same rights as humans. Hi Lenore! What do you do at Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge? At the Refuge I wear many hats! I spend a great deal of my time providing direct care to the animal residents, coordinating and training other caregivers, and communicating with veterinarians. Additionally, I work with our other staff members and our Board of Directors on various events, programs, and plans. This work includes offering educational programming to the general public, securing funding for the organization, and planning our growth and development into the future. How

Boundless Anthology: Writer Marine Brenier Interview

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Marine Brenier is a writer and recent graduate of the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. She has been involved in the creation of the Boundless anthology, 26 stories by the MA Writing for Young People Class of 2020. Marine likes creating art, walking in nature, and losing herself in a good book.  Though she was born in France, she loves discovering new countries and now lives in the U.K. We talk about the anthology's creation, working creatively and what it's like working within a creative team. Bookish Hi Marine. How did you become involved with the anthology? Every year, the graduating cohort of Bath Spa University’s MA in Writing for Young People creates an anthology to showcase their work. I volunteered to get involved with this tradition because I really liked the idea and knew we had some brilliant pieces to show off. It’s also a great way to celebrate our hard work, especially after the weird year that was 2020.  What is it about? The anthology is ma

Black Artists Matter: Tatiana Rice Interview

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Tatiana Rice is the founder of BlkArthouse, a social enterprise dedicated to black artists and artwork. BlkArthouse connects people with artwork by talented black artists and cultivates a community of artists and art-lovers by connecting, learning and growing together. We chat about the importance of creative spaces for black artists, the meaning of art, positive change and Tatiana's hopes for BlkArthouse's future. Hi Tatiana! How did the idea for BlkArthouse come about? In 2019, after I first moved to Washington DC, I wanted to start collecting art by Black artists. Specifically, I wanted something that reflected my identity as a Black woman but also something to support the Black community. Like many people, I don't have a formal art background so I was simply searching the internet for "Black artists" or "Black artwork." Despite many platforms' attempts to highlight Black artists and artwork, none were strictly dedicated to Black creativity in a w