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In Alan Cumming's house you'll find some shelves. Well, lots of shelves in fact, and on these shelves are curiosities, rarities, and oddities, that Alan has collected throughout his varied and colourful career. Artefacts if you will from the museum of Alan's life. In each episode of this podcast Alan reaches for one of these items, to tell the story behind it, ruminating on the memories it brings up. However, Alan does not do this alone. His guests range from Cyndi Lauper and a pair of white ...
 
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If you’ve been watching any TV in the past year, chances are you’ve seen (or at least heard about) Marvel’s newest installments on Disney+: WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Solider, Loki, and it’s most recent offering, What If…? Now, you can get LEGO Marvel Collectible Minifigures to match your favorite shows and characters! But are they wort…
 
Susie and Andrew are two of Alan's best friends, and the three of them have been on many an adventure. What looked like a pony? Well you'll have to find out... Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he takes one of th…
 
Chris Conidis is an artist that lives in Florida. Chris started out with an interest in animation and how it worked and that evolved into figure drawing and the art of high contrast from fantasy art and old school horror movies. Chris has been hitting the comic circuit and also created a collection of art and stories for a book of his work called M…
 
Jane Krakowski and Alan go way back to the Stone Age baby. Fortunately for you what happens in Viva Rock Vegas does not stay in Viva Rock Vegas. Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he takes one of the curiosities o…
 
Christine Merriman is an artist that lives in Vermont who is originally from here in Wisconsin. Christine has run an artist studio called Marry Woman Studios, created large-scale sculptures and tile artwork using a method called Raku to fire them, and has pieces that are in houses all over the US. And Christine is now focusing on art and trauma the…
 
David Remfry is a fantastic artist, and brilliant friend of Alan's. Hear how the pair met, and how their relationship has flourished. We also get to hear some amazing stories from David's career. Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life,…
 
Dan Hardesty is an artist in Pennsylvania who does illustration and also makes computer 3D artwork that actually gets created and 3D printed for live stage sets for performances at the Sight & Sound Theatres a production the performs live stories from the bible. We talk about how Dan went from drawing to illustration to eventually creating these la…
 
Kirst Wark is a Newsreader, TV Presenter, and journalist who is one of the most respected in the world. She's a proud Scot much like Alan, and that's where they go back to - specifically, Glasgow. But just how did Kirsty and Alan first start working together? Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things o…
 
Jamal Moore is a blind independent R&B artist that lives here in Madison, WI. We talk on this show about how in the past few years Jamal decided to pursue what he really wanted to do, make music. He's been recording song ideas and releasing them on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook and trying to promote what he does. His ultimate goal would be to fi…
 
Rob and Alan tell the story of what happened on their cross-country road trip, back when they were a couple. This is the closest the podcast gets to therapy. Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he takes one of the …
 
In this episode of Sabrina and Shelly talk about their month exploring black and white toy photography. They discuss what they learned, how black and white photography changed their perspective and what resources they used to get started. As always the full show notes and images referenced in this episode can be found on the Toy Photographers Blog.…
 
Joseph Arruda is an illustrator in San Jose, CA. We talk on this show about the work Joseph does and other things like Illustration influences, the pens he likes to use. Plus, new things in life like finding a creative space and how in recent years mixing traditional art along with digital is something he is growing to like more. Joseph makes large…
 
SNL Super Star Bowen Yang and Alan have worked together on a variety of projects, but how on earth does a test tube filled with semen bring the two of them together? Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he takes one…
 
Art and Asanas is an art studio in Ringwood, NJ that teaches a combination of stretching and drawing/painting for kids and adults. The focus is on drawing, brush techniques, mixing paint, posture, form and breathing. The gallery is run by Lynda Edwards who I've had on the show previously and today she brings along Kait Carter works with Lynda at th…
 
Ali Selim is a writer and film director who first worked with Alan on Sweet Land. The production took place in a small town in Minnesota, and the stories are unbelievable. Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he tak…
 
Stephen Lee Rich is a singer and songwriter living here in Madison. Stephen has been playing music since the 1970s and has done so many things since then. We get together in my own band's studio to talk about what he does, how he got started, and how he ended up moving to Madison. We also talk about how he plans to start an internet variety show. L…
 
Dame Glenda Bailey is true fashion royalty, a woman who has had more influence and sway over the industry than pretty much anyone else. Alan and Glenda are great friends, and have got up to all sorts in their pursuit for couture and cocktails. Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves,…
 
Oliver talks toys with Chris Shaylor of Empire Toy Works, a toy maker, customizer and photographer who is doing amazing things in Rotgut Station Spaceport, a fully realized, room-filling world he continues to build and evolve above his garage. As always the full show notes and images referenced in this episode can be found on the Toy Photographers …
 
Julia Hacker is an artist in Toronto Canada who moved there from Russia where she worked as a fashion designer. After trying to find work in Canada Julia started a fashion design boutique of her own. Julia always drew and created artwork and later on after the shop closed decided to go into painting. Links Julia Hacker Website https://www.artjuliah…
 
Film and Theatre Director Sam Mendes joins Alan to talk all things Cabaret. Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he takes one of the curiosities off his shelf, and tells you all about it, with the help of some frien…
 
Craig Snodgrass is a painter, graphic designer but a few years ago, Craig decided to break into the designer toy world with his own Kickstarter-backed action figure, DUP-1, or “Duppy”. Now he makes what he calls SnodBOTs and in addition started a subscription service of his creations called the Bot of the Month Subscription Box Links Craig Snodgras…
 
Alan and Eddie go way way back. They've had many an adventure over the years but today they're talking about one in particular... Eddie's quest to get a picture with Oprah Winfrey. Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each we…
 
Mortimur K is an artist, writer & musician living in Seattle. We talk about his work and how he ended up moving to Seattle on a whim. His photographs also become multimedia pieces and sometimes cross over into the poetry he writes. He reads his poems at story slams and we discuss the fear of performing in public. Check out the conversation as I mee…
 
Monica Lewinsky has not only presented Alan with an award, but also happens to be the gatekeeper of his marriage and you're about to find out why! Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he takes one of the curiosities…
 
Jane Horrocks and Alan go way back. All the way back 1993 in fact. And they're still dancing to this day! Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he takes one of the curiosities off his shelf, and tells you all about i…
 
What does a self-portrait mean when you use a toy as a stand-in for yourself? In a sea of the same object, how can someone’s image stand out? When there are multiple versions of a toy/identity, which one do we claim as our own? Do we leave a little bit of ourselves in our photos? Sounds like an existential crisis waiting to happen, right? If you ag…
 
Alan has a picture of himself that Christian painted, one of many paintings Christian has done of Alan. But what's the story behind them? And how does it involve Studio 54, La Wally, and Vodka? Well you're about to find out. Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artef…
 
Brooks Ogden is not only a travel agent to the stars, she's also Alan's best friend. Today we find out just what they got up to in Washington, and also in Rome. Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he takes one of t…
 
If you read Scott Metzger’s post on the Toy Photographers blog, you’ll find this description under the “About the Author”: “I was a photographer. Then I wasn’t. Then I was again. Be present.” Beginnings, middles, and ends. We can apply that arc to just about anything—from a movie’s or book’s plot to where we find ourselves on this journey of life. …
 
Fay and Alan go back years, back all the way to when Fay was affectionately known as Friend. Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he takes one of the curiosities off his shelf, and tells you all about it, with the h…
 
As the old saying goes, there are no original stories. Perhaps that’s true; however, what IS new and unique is the way in which a story is told. As toy photographers, we’re also storytellers. The toys might be our characters, but we, the photographers, create and tell those stories through our images just as authors and narrators might. But the rel…
 
Back to where it all started for Alan and Forbes - as the unapologetically Glaswegian Victor & Barry. Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he takes one of the curiosities off his shelf, and tells you all about it, w…
 
Alan likes to tell everyone Ginger Spice saw his Hamlet, so now's the time for the full story. Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he takes one of the curiosities off his shelf, and tells you all about it, with the…
 
On this episode of the Toy Photographers Podcast, Alan Rappa hosts a roundtable featuring James Garcia (@thereelJames23), Arielle Nadel (@ariellenadel), and Trevor Williams (@onesix_shooter). The topic? All about creativity: Where to find it, how to harness it, and what to do when it gives you trouble. Creativity is a pretty abstract concept. Can y…
 
Cullah is a musician from Milwaukee WI. Every year for the past 15 years Cullah has released an album on his birthday. And this year was no different! We talk about making albums, what he's learned as a musician after a year of the shutdown, creative commons music, and even philosophy books. Links Cullah Website https://www.cullah.com Tom Ray's Art…
 
Alan became the poster boy for a Yoga brand. But come on, this is Alan. It's not just any yoga brand. Barnaby Harris is Alan's friend who started the business, hear the full effing story now. Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and…
 
How did Sir Ian McKellen and Alan end up on a Canadian nudist beach with a hemp dog collar in hand? Well you're about to find out! Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he takes one of the curiosities off his shelf, …
 
To open Alan Cumming's Shelves, Alan chats with the amazing Cyndi Lauper about a pair of white leather gloves that he wore when the two of them were in the production of The Threepenny Opera on Broadway. Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan…
 
Forrest Voedisch is a Jewelry designer here in Madison WI, Forrest along with making and designing jewelry also bought a local jewelry-making studio and started what is now known as Metric Forrest Studio. We talk about how this business does its wholesale products and what it was like to buy a company just a few months before the national quarantin…
 
Angelica Contreras is an artist here in Madison WI, Angelica is a painter who also includes mixed media into her work exploring the relationships between identity, tradition, and pop culture, incorporating techniques like acrylic, oil, and collage. We talk about why Angelica moved to Madison and how her father collected things and this started the …
 
In Alan Cumming's house you'll find some shelves. Well, lots of shelves in fact, and on these shelves are curiosities, rarities, and oddities, that Alan has collected throughout his varied and colourful career. Artefacts if you will from the museum of Alan's life. In each episode of this podcast Alan reaches for one of these items, to tell the stor…
 
In this episode Shelly talks with Matthew Wyjad and Terri Greene Henning about their respective 365 toy photography projects. Why would anyone challenge themselves in such a way? What can be gained in this madness? Check out the episode and maybe you too will leave inspired to challenge yourself. Maybe not with a photo-a-day, but something more man…
 
Ciara Nash is an artist here in Madison WI, She currently has a degree in art therapy and a minor in graphic design. She plans to become a certified art therapist to introduce the therapeutic benefits and positive influences of art. We also talk about how Ciara hosted online paint and sips and has plans to do more classes online. Plus, how she has …
 
Judy Robb is a Wisconsin-based painter who is inspired by history and the stories behind it. Judy's background also includes technology and running a honey business with her husband. Judy also has a lot of interesting stories behind her artistic pursuits including going out west to become a photographer and while working on a documentary about bike…
 
Caroline Lee is a podcaster based in England who in the past few years has started learning illustration and graphic design. I have actually known Caroline and her husband Dave Lee for many years from their podcast The Bugcast. So I was really happy when Caroline had agreed to be on the show to talk about her new venture to learn illustration to ex…
 
We're back!! After an extended break Shelly and Sabrina take a look at the intersection of toy photography and surrealism. Inspired by a recent photo challenge in our MeWe community, our hosts look at their images, as well as community images, through this unique lens. Do you think toy photography is surrealistic? Check out the conversation and let…
 
Ben Walker-Storey is an Illustrator and a YouTuber who also publishes coloring books and different types of low content books on Amazon. This is the second time I've had Ben on the show. This time I wanted to ask him about a new drawing video series he created called "Let's draw goths". A fun series where he finds old photos of goths in high school…
 
Scott C. Hamilton is a self-taught illustrator and caricature artist living in Massachusetts. He started his caricature art career while working a comic book booth at a convention. He's been doing live drawing streams on his Twitch channel and is also a member of the National Caricaturist Network. Links Scott C. Hamilton's website http://www.hamilt…
 
Bruce and Vox Henderson are musicians living in Michigan. They have been making music for years. They decided to start vlogging about their process and also run a Facebook group for musicians to talk and share their work. They also just released an album called Sugar Fit. Links Bruce and Vox's website https://www.prejippie.com Bruce and Vox's Faceb…
 
Raheem Nelson is an artist based in New Haven, CT. Raheem has a BFA in Cartooning and is now working exclusively on my iPad. Raheem has been creating paintings, travel journals, and children's books. Raheem also has found work doing timelapse drawings for companies. Links Raheem Nelson's Website http://www.raheemnelson.com Raheem Nelson on Instagra…
 
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