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Hello Atelier | From Engineering to Art

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Flatland has teamed up with Hello Atelier, a Kansas City-based podcast that explores what it means to be a working artist. Hosted by Betsy Blodgett, the weekly podcast takes you into to the studios of designers of all different mediums to learn about their inspiration, their design process and the personal stories behind their art. Hello Atelier is presented by Phonicalia, a local independent podcast production company. Look for a new episode here on Wednesdays through November.

A lot of people change majors in college. It’s expected, right? But few life shifts are as extreme as Kim Eichler-Messmer’s, who switched from a double engineering and Spanish major to art. Inspired by artists like Sonia Delaunay, Eichler-Messmer pursues her passion through her work with textiles. In this episode of “Hello Atelier,” Eichler-Messmer talks to us about textiles, travel and taking time to step outside.

Kim Eichler-Messmer in front of her color block quilt. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Samples of Eichler-Messmer's Shibori dyeing technique. (Photo: Hello Atelier)

A watercolor study by the artist. (Photo: Hello Atelier)

A smattering of inspiration on Eichler-Messmer's bulletin board. (Photo: Hello Atelier)

One of the artist's 'Landscape' quilts. Eichler-Messmer received a grant from the Kansas Arts Commission, from which she created this type of quilt, among others. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

A closeup of a reverse appliqué quilt. (Photo: Hello Atelier)

— Find all of Hello Atelier’s podcast on iTunes or at the Phonicalia Media Productions website.

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