Embracing the Mighty Ugly in the Art of Creation

Uncategorized Mar 07, 2019


Today, on Make Some Noise, we meet Kim Werker, a writer and editor. She is the author of half a dozen crochet books and Make It Mighty Ugly, a guide to vanquishing creative demons.


In this episode, Kim and Karly chat about the ways to realize that there are no rules in creativity other than those rules that you’ve set up for yourself. They talk about fear, expectations and the fact that art is anything that you create no matter what majority of people would think about it.


2:09 – An introduction to Kim and reasons why she started to express her creativity

7:20 – Mighty Ugly and what was the story behind the project

23:10 - Kim and Karly talk about the fact that art does not have to avoid the ugly side

30:19 - The way that lack of expectations to create something beautiful is giving you more freedom to express your creativity

37:30 – Kim and Karly chat on how fear shouldn’t stop people from trying to create anything

46:35 -...

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Engineer to Art Therapist with Lina Carvajal

Uncategorized Feb 28, 2019


Lina Carvajal is a professionally-certified Life Coach, Art Therapist and Counsellor. She has worked as an Engineer in Colombia before coming to Australia and begun her journey through art therapy.


In this episode, Lina and Karly chat about making positive changes in life. Lina inspires us with her incredible story to get creativity back in our lives and accept ourselves as who we are instead of trying to fulfill all these unnecessary expectations.


2:18 - An introduction to Lina and her path of being an engineer to becoming an artist.

8:25 - Lina talks on how language barrier made things harder for her.

13:10 - First contact with art therapy and struggles to get your creativity back as an adult.

17:01 - Lina and Karly discuss expectations and how they can get you on the wrong path when you search for happiness.

23:01 - Creativity is all about the process, not about final product.

34:30 - Karly and Lina discuss how accepting yourself as an artist and the best...

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Death and dying and grief and joy and art with Bronwyn Ward

Uncategorized Feb 21, 2019

Meet Bronwyn Ward, a drawing and printmaking artist and arts and health practitioner. Bronwyn lived in England for thirteen years where she worked as both an artist and a palliative care therapist. And today's conversation explores the huge role that art can play in helping improve our death literacy.


Karly and Bronwyn chat about everything from how to talk to those dealing with loss, to creating compassionate communities, to the importance of cultivating creativity in your life - especially if you are not artistic.


2:00 - An introduction to Bronwyn and bit of the backstory about what lead her to work in palliative care and her commitment to death literacy.

7:40 - The parallels between birth and death, connecting and supporting those dealing with loss, and how art can open up conversations that may otherwise be left unsaid.

18:50 - The complexities of grief and the grief loop

24:00 - How Bronwyn brought together her palliative care history and art... the idea of a...

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Making sweet music from your trauma and grief with Shawn Madden

Uncategorized Feb 14, 2019

Meet Shawn Madden, a talented musician who brings the gift of song to his clients by collaboratively writing the song their heart is calling to have written.


In this episode, Shawn and Karly talk about the role of music and community in our lives. Shawn inspires us to acknowledge and connect with our own voice and innate music. The value of music at a familial and community level is brought into the light and Shawn plays live two songs from his storytelling collaborations.


0:33 Meet Shawn and discover his relationship with music.

2:10 Shawn shares his refocus from fostering community to actually experiencing what it is to be rooted in community.

6:26 The link between our separation from music as a language and the fracturing of family and community in our society today.

10:13 Hip hop is a re-indigenisation of music and a return to authentic storytelling.

12:37 Shawn talks about his focus on song writing with and for individuals who want to connect with their own...

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Burn out, adrenal fatigue and exploring yourself through art with Bel Ryan

Uncategorized Feb 07, 2019

Today, on Make Some Noise, we meet Bel Ryan, an Art Therapist with a wealth of experience in supporting youth, cancer patients and patients in palliative care. Bel has a passion for providing innovative workplace wellbeing programs after witnessing burnout and vicarious trauma in her own work.


Today’s discussion is an exploration of the connection between creativity and burnout, and the benefits of art therapy to access and process our internal world.


2:14 Bel shares her passion for art therapy as a tool for exploring what is happening in a person’s world, and her current focus on workplace wellbeing.

7:36 Karly and Bel look at the common threads between those who work themselves to burnout.

10:15 The power of art therapy to allow exploration of the grey space, outside of structure, plans and certainty.

11:55 Karly and Bel riff on the link between losing touch with our creativity and mental health issues.

17:59 The discussion turns to the power of...

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What is creative somatic experiencing - with Rachel Penn

Uncategorized Jan 31, 2019

After spending thousands on conventional therapy and hitting many road blocks in her own healing journey, Rachel Penn met an art therapist, who turned her life around in just two sessions. Rachel swore to herself that she would follow a similar path once she felt she had healed enough to be of service to others. 5 years later she began her journey into creative therapies.


Rachel felt there was an important piece missing in her training: the incorporation of the body, the nervous system, a sense of hope, connection and the incorporation of a souls mythology. So she went back to study Somatic Experiencing and now specializes in providing this unique creative therapy to people in addiction recovery and torture survivors.


1:20 Rachel shares her story of anxiety and recovery through art therapy.

4:30 Rachel provides an introduction to somatic experiencing.

9:37 Karly shares how leaning into artful expression of her feelings has been helpful.

11:16 Karly and Rachel chat...

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Kids, anxiety and art therapy and Mum's and creativity

Uncategorized Jan 24, 2019

Karly speaks with the wildly creative and intelligent Anna Kellerman – educational psychologist, registered art therapist and entrepreneur who is passionate about art, kids, sharing and disrupting mother guilt. The women explore the process and benefits of art therapy for children and inspire you to return to your creative heart to bring more joy into your life.


2:41 Anna shares how she came to specialise in art therapy and provides an outline of her work in this space.

6:48 The potential effects of not externalising anxiety and the role creativity can play in moving things from the inner to the outer.

9:45 Anna places children into two basic categories and shares how she approaches therapy with them.

17:51 Case example – one boy’s journey through art therapy with generalised anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

24:42 The process and flow of art therapy.

28:19 Karly shares her freeing experience of returning to singing.

31:51 Anna provides an insight...

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Wiggle It - Dance your way out of depression with Lilly Wang

Uncategorized Jan 17, 2019

Lilly Wang is a social entrepreneur and mental health advocate who has discovered the magic of moving her body to move her mental state. In this interview with Karly Nimmo, she shares her experiences with grief, depression and anxiety, and lays bare all the tools that have supported her.


2:03 Karly shares the public dancing that brought Lilly into her world and together they discuss the impact that ‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron has had on them.

7:32 Lilly delves into her backstory and shares what brought her to Australia and the creation of the Wiggle It project.

14:40 Lilly shares how the death of her father affected her and the support that helped her through.

19:50 Karly gives her take on depression and the suppression that precedes it.

23:26 Shutting down your creativity and finding your way back to authenticity.

27:00 Lilly traces her bouts of depression to the trigger and looks at the different support, treatments and tools she leans into.


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Bonus Ep - More of the backstory

Uncategorized Jan 16, 2019

Karly brings you this bonus episode sharing more of her own personal journey through depression and anxiety and dives further into what brought her to open up these conversations around creativity and self expression.

For Karly, her chosen vehicle for creative expression, is her voice. And this whole 'speaking up' adventure started where she drops in from today, the beach.


To hear Karly's other podcast, Karlosophies, visit karlynimmo.com


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Music expression as a tool for minimising sensory processing issues and anxiety

Uncategorized Jan 10, 2019

Allison Davies is a brain care specialist, Neurologic Music Therapist, educator, advocate, speaker, mum and wife. Today Allison chats with Karly about her lived experience of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder, and shares tips and tricks for reducing overwhelm and tools for managing anxiety.

Allison was named a 2016 National AMP Tomorrow Maker for her contribution to creating a better tomorrow for Australian families. In 2018 Allison received third place in both the ‘Women Will Change the World’ and ‘Making a Difference’ National AusMumpreneur Awards.

2:04 Karly and Allison agree on the value of sharing lived experiences of mental health challenges.

4:42 Allison uncovers the limitations with the current therapeutic model in which children are helped with their sensory processing disorder. She shares her fresh, educational approach focused on brain care and empowering parents to be the changemakers for their child.

8:01 Allison gets...

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