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Material Feels is a podcast that explores the intimate relationship between artists and their materials. Sometimes we shy away creative pursuits because we are unhappy with the results: what we produce doesn’t look like what we imagined. But the process of art-making can be the most rewarding part. On Material Feels, we chat with working artists, educators and manufacturers about their process with a specific material. This podcast is for artists, makers, teachers, hobbyists, people who are art-curious and even those who claim not to have a creative bone in their body.


Material Feels is written and produced by me, your host, Catherine Monahon. As a storyteller, I focus on stories that build empathy and strengthen people’s relationship to their creative sides. My writing has been published in WiredThe New York Times and The MIT Press. I am from New York state and am based in the San Francisco Bay Area where I am the writer for Art Dog, an art supply blog that spotlights small businesses, artists, industry trends and more.


Each episode of Material Feels is accompanied by an original piece of music created by my collaborator Liz de Lise. Liz fronts the band Lizdelise, works with dance theater companies and makes music for podcasts. Liz’s work is both evocative and inviting, with deeply personal lyrics and poppy riffs and melodies.

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