Blog: Carolyn Dube

Jumping with… Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Mary Beth Shaw, & Carolyn Dube – A CJS Interview Series

So happy to share with you today some video interviews I did with some of our Creative JumpStart 2020 teachers: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Mary Beth Shaw, and Carolyn Dube. Wow what an amazing group to hear from :)

First up is Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, who I have known now for many years as a friend and colleague. Her artistic style is unmistakable and her talents cover so many areas so chatting with her is always fun and informative. In this interview we talk about how to manage time in our busy lives, how her fiber art connects with her mixed media work, and how she loves to try new things and explore her curiosity for creativity.

Next we have Mary Beth Shaw, who has been a teacher with Creative JumpStart now for a long time and is a wonderful artist with an abstract style. Mary Beth is also the woman behind Stencil Girl Products so she is very busy with everything that she does. In this interview Mary Beth discusses ways to carve out time for artmaking even when time is tight and how her art journal helps with that. She also talks about different phases she’s gone through in her abstract work, and the importance of knowing what other art is out there (past and present) to be an informed artist.

And finally we have Carolyn Dube, who has been a part of CJS for a few years now and who always brings color and play to the world through her art and personality. In this interview she talks about her current obsession with gelli plate printing, the liberation and fun that comes from embracing “mistakes”, and how she found confidence working with color. Carolyn also hints at what her cjs video will be about and describes it as that glorious moment where chocolate met peanut butter :)

And now it is your turn to go after a fun and inspiring challenge beginning this January: Sign up TODAY for Creative JumpStart 2020 and get 31 different mixed media lessons from 31 Super Hero Artists.  Hope to see you in the CJS classroom soon :)

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Creative Jumpstart Interviews with Carolyn, Danielle, Iris and Gwen

“Jumping with” is an interview series that I like to do to showcase some of the CJS artists. Each year we always have some new faces or folks that I haven’t spoken with in a while and it’s a fun way for us to get to know the artists a little more before January. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy a few interviews with some very talented people.

Be prepared to learn more about our artists for Creative Jumpstart 2019, build your excitement for January, and LAUGH! I hope you have just as much fun watching these as we had filming them :)

Find out more about Carolyn here:


You can find out more about Gwen here:


You can find out more about Danielle here:


You can find out more about Iris here:


Don’t forget that the Cyber Week Sale of 45 USD instead of 60 USD for Creative JumpStart 2019 runs until November 30, 2018 – 11.59 pm EST – so don’t miss out on this fantastic deal!

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Jumping with…Carolyn Dube – a CJS Interview Series

I hope you will enjoy and laugh as much watching this video as I had chatting and laughing with Carolyn Dube in my interview. We talked about food shopping, the question of purpose in art making, and how we would shake up with world of Matisse and Picasso.

Jumping with…Carolyn Dube – a CJS Interview Series from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- her video for CJS is very inspiring! Come and join us for Creative Jumpstart 2018  and see yourself !

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  • JoAnn Campisi


    Really enjoyed your interview with Carolyn. It is always interesting to learn a little bit about the artists that are part of CJS. Love her laid back approach to art. Definitely can relate to it. Is it January 1 yet??


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      so glad you enjoyed the interview JoAnn! wohooo- almost January :)


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