Claudine Hellmuth Interview on Tara Swiger's podcast


Yay! Today I'm thrilled to have my very first podcast guest: Claudine Hellmuth!

Claudine's an author, illustrator and designer, who's been featured in The New York Times, The Martha Stewart Show, HSN, HGTV and more! I first picked up her first book waaay back, 10 years ago! I was delighted to talk to (and learn from!) someone who's navigated many opportunities and options(licensing, publishing, etsy shop)  in her art career and how she gets it all done.


We talk about: 

  • The path to her first book deal
  • The truth of licensing deals
  • The importance of celebration in your art career
  • The difference between making for committee and making what you love
  • “People buy your joy”
  • How Claudine spends her days (and the productivity “rule” she breaks)
  • Being the World's Best Boss
  • What we're enthusiastic about! (It may surprise you!)

Links we discussed: 


You can find more about Claudine, her work, and her blog at

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Find all the podcast episodes here.


2 Comments on Navigating an art career, with Claudine Hellmuth {PODCAST}

  1. Bobbi Rubinstein
    May 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm (10 years ago)

    Just finished listening to this while waiting for plane home. Lovely chat between you two. Her process was informative. I’m a photographer learning about cards and print selling, on and offline. This is like having a crafty buddy. Thanks!

  2. Jalene
    December 29, 2014 at 11:55 am (10 years ago)

    You have no idea how much I needed to hear this. Once I hit my goals I always start thinking of what else I want to do or accomplish (sometimes not even realizing that I’ve reached my goals). I always feel guilty for not being content. I’m definitely going to try and be more aware and celebrate more. THANKS SO MUCH! I thought it was just me.