La Vie Creative

La Vie Creative

France has been motivating people for decades to create and live a more inspired life. La Vie Creative is a weekly podcast all about creatives in Paris and beyond, hosted by American Expat Krystal Kenney. Designed to help you enrich your inner artist and tap into your innovative gifts.... Show More

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October 20, 2020 42 min

James Pouliot di Lombardia is an American artist living in Paris, France. His photography work has been featured in international fashion publications such as a Vogue and L’Officiel. His paintings explore nature and consumer culture. His still life studies are described as “academic pop-art” and exploit traditional methods of atelier painting with contemporary and often disposable subject matter. His nature studies are based on his...

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The story of Camille Claudel is one of heartbreak and sadness. A genius of an artist she never got her due and ended her life alone. 

At just 12 years old she began to play with clay and her talent got the attention of artist Alfred Boucher. Her father supported her pursuit and agreed to move to Paris so she would be able to study under Boucher. Her mother on the other hand did not and never would support her. 

Her talent would get t...

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About Tara Vatanpour : Tara Vatanpour is an artist and a luxury fashion designer, founder of Tara Vatanpour. Persian, Azari,  French, American, and influenced by the Brazilian culture, she focuses her artistic research around immigration trauma, loss and separation, chaos of emotions as a result, and the search for healing.

From a solid educational background in the study field of Fine Arts, she uses installation art and performanc...

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Edith Giovanna Gassion Piaf, born on her doorstep as the story she stuck with on December 19, 1915.  A very tough childhood after her mother abandoned her, a grandmother that gave her wine instead of water and another that raised her in a brothel.

Through all of this, she became one of the most beloved French singers in the world. To this day you would be hard-pressed to find someone that hasn't heard her music or know her name....

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I sat down with Emily Jackson, who is an American in Paris working in marketing to talk about the new Netflix hit "Emily in Paris". 

I wanted her take on the show compared to what it's really like to work in social media for French firms in the city of light. Enjoy this bonus episode and tell us how you feel about the show! Also, don't forget to check out Emily's social media work here!
https://instagram.com/thegl...

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Rykarda Parasol is an artist, writer and musician best known for her solo musical work depicting noir-lit melodies reminiscent of folk, Americana, and early pyche 60s pop. Ms. Parasol is from San Francisco and has made Paris her part-time home and muse. Ms. Parasol is also a writer and designer and in addition to working on new musical recordings, she is also writing and illustrating a collection of short essays.  

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Johanna Bonger van-Gogh a name you may not know, but without her, we would never know her brother-in-law, Vincent. 

Married to Theo van Gogh, art dealer, and brother to Vincent van Gogh for less than two very short years. When Vincent and Theo died just six months apart, she was left with an infant and an apartment filled with paintings. Told they were worthless and to toss them out, her love and devotion to the brothers wouldn'...

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Paris-born, internationally acclaimed artist and author LILIANNE MILGROM grew up in Australia, lived in Israel and currently resides in Washington, DC. She exhibits her artwork around the world and is the recipient of multiple awards and residencies. Her work can be found in both private and institutional collections; her articles and essays have appeared in publications such as the Huffington Post, Bonjour Paris, Inspirelle, Ceram...

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Sylvia Beach, the sweet woman that had a love of books and sharing them with others in her legendary store Shakespeare and Company holds the spotlight in this week's episode. 

Arriving in Paris during WWI to study French Literature, a flier would lead her to a book shop on Rue de l'Odeon and into the door and heart of Adrienne Monnier. 

Opening her first store on November 19, 1919, on Rue Dupuytren she would welcome James Joy...

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Anne Stark Ditmeyer is an American creative coach and consultant based in Paris, France. Anne is a creative connector who has never been one to take the traditional path. Her work draws from anthropology, graphic design, design thinking, UX design, storytelling, and global communications, traversing in person and online worlds. She founded Prêt à Voyager (translation: ready to travel) in 2007 to explore the intersection of travel a...

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Barb-Nicol Ponsardin, shaped by Champagne, would become the woman and label we know as Veuve Clicquot.

Born before the French Revolution to wealthy parents, she would marry the son of her father's business partner, Francois Clicquot in 1798. It would be the start of the Clicqout house, that would grow from very small and humble beginnings to the world renowned label all due to Madame Clicquot. 

With a young child by her side, the...

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A New Yorker who fell hard  for an Italian in Paris. She would later launch her handbags made locally in France. The hand-printed canvas bags were inspired by her world travels. She also provides fashion tours in the city of light introducing travelers to local designers. My guest today is Kasia Dietz
https://www.kasiadietz.com/

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Gertrude Stein was the woman behind many of the greatest writers and artists in Paris of the 1920’s and the famous catch phrase, the “Lost Generation”. 

Growing up in a wealthy family, the incredible intelligent woman was well educated, appreciated art and amassed a collection that any museum would envy. 

While her time in Paris is engraved on the life of the expatriates and many of their famous feuds we dig a little deeper into who ...

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New York Times bestselling author Craig Carlson first came to France as an exchange student in 1985 and instantly fell in love with the country. He never could have imagined that some thirty-five years later he’d be the owner of two American diners in Paris and be nicknamed “Le Pancake Kid” by the French. With a background in journalism, Craig studied cinema at the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts, using his experience as a...

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Catherine de’ Medicis was the other Florentine queen that would also leave her mark on France. Catherine and Marie de’ Medicis are often mixed up and we hope we can help you tell the two apart like a pro in no time.

The mother of three kings and two kings and the wife of Henri II would finally wield her power after the early death of King Henri II. What happens next is the tale of intrigue, jealousy, power, witchcraft and death. 

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Lindsey Tramuta, an American who has lived in Paris for a decade, writes the award-winning blog Lost in Cheeseland, and contributes to the New York Times, Afar Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, and Bon Appétit, where she writes extensively on Paris and French culture. Today we chat about her creative process in writing and about her new book "The New Parisienne: the Women & Ideas Shaping Paris"

Checkout her new book and lea...

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Berthe Morisot, one of the few women of the Impressionist Movement, with her dark locks and stunning gaze, was the perfect model for Édouard Manet.  However, she would become an artist in her own right stepping behind the canvas to create paintings that showed everyday family life, forging her own path among  the male dominated Impressionists    

Born on January 14, 1841 to a wealthy family, her father was the prefect but also studi...

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Sharon Santoni has gained millions of readers through her blog where she shares with people what it means to live a French country life. Her blog has grown into tours, a podcast, books, magazine, delivered gifts and much more! 

We chat about how France brought so much creativity into her life and inspired her to create a thriving business after her children grown into adulthood. We chat about how creativity lies everywhere and how c...

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Once upon a time there were two Florentine queens that left their mark on Paris. In the newest La Vie Creative - Paris History Avec A Hemingway episode we talk all about one of them, Marie de Medicis from her childhood in Florence to her life in exile. 

She was born on April 26, 1575 to Francois I de Medicis and Joan of Austria in the Pitti Palace in Florence. Joan of Austria would die by the time she was two years old and her fathe...

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Suzuki Violin with Camilla started playing the violin at age three with Elizabeth Mills, one of the very first Suzuki teachers in the United States, and was chosen to help demonstrate the Suzuki method to other interested teachers, with the help of Dr. Suzuki and his assistants.

Later, about the age of 9, she went on to study with Sybil Maxwell in Los Angeles for many years and earned many awards and honors at Certificate of Merit, ...

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