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TextileStories is TextileSupport's podcast featuring interviews with makers, designers, artists, scientists and others who are doing extraordinary things in the textile world.

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Mug Shot

This week we are back with an episode outlining the changes which will be happening so that we can continue to connect during this time of social distancing. For our followers around the world we will probably be closer as the coronavirus pandemic pushes me to get over my inhibitions and really show up on social media; speaking face to face on YouTube and livestreaming on other sites.Apart from moving our classes online I have a few other ideas about how we can support our community during this challenging period…including a digital artist’s residency! Tune in to find out more about our plans for the coming months. And so that we can learn more about how we can help you through this we would be so grateful if you could fill out the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RBDXHCFPrefer to watch? You can tune in via YouTube here: https://youtu.be/6jcEfAlzpI8


20 Mar 2020

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TextileStories: An Interview with Ali Rauf

It was a real pleasure to speak with with designer Ali Rauf this week on TextileStories. He recently did Australia very proud taking home second prize in the fashion section of Hand & Lock's international embroidery prize with his own over the top contemporary take on shisha embroidery.Join us as we discuss Ali's childhood travelling around the Middle East and the Sub Continent, the importance of making in traditional cultures, and the wonderful things that happen when children are exposed to rich cultural and creative realities from an early age.To hear more TextileStories subscribe to our channel or visit: http://www.textilesupport.net/blogTo see more of Ali's work go to: http://www.birdskin.net/Or follow him on instagram: @birdskinauWould you prefer to watch a slideshow of Ali's work? Find us on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/7kCXyaia6noMusic: "Add And" by Broke For Free http://brokeforfree.com/


1 Dec 2017

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Jessica Pile Hand & Lock

Starting out as a creative soul unsure of which path to take in life, after completing her very hands-on studies in costume design at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, an internship at the prestigious Hand & Lock embroidery workshop in 2010 led to a successful and fascinating career within the company, becoming Production Director in 2014.This week had an interesting chat about her journey into the exquisite world of fashion embroidery, some of the amazing projects she has worked on, her wonderful book which came out last year “Fashion Embroidery: Embroidery Techniques and Inspiration for Haute-Couture Clothing” and some behind-the-scenes insights into the workings of the couture embroidery industry.We also talked about Hand & Lock’s prestigious annual embroidery prize and how it really seeks to foster talent within the industry and assist embroiderers who wish to pursue a professional career with their craft. It was inspiring to hear how they are promoting excellence in the craft of embroidery in such a tangible and supportive way, and if YOU love to embroider and would be interested in entering the 2019 edition you have until the end of March to register and you can see other key dates for the prize via the link below. To read more about Jessica and Hand & Lock go to: https://handembroidery.comFor a list of key dates for the Hand & Lock Embroidery Prize see: https://handembroidery.com/the-prize/dates-diary-prize-2019/You can also follow Hand & Lock on Instagram @ handandlocklondonWould you prefer to watch a slideshow while you listen? Find us on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/4OBxJbqAOWcTo hear more TextileStories subscribe to our channel or visit: www.textilesupport.net/blogMusic: "Add And" by Broke for Free brokeforfree.com/


7 Mar 2019

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Interview with Jane Atkinson

To start off our 2018 series I caught up with the heroic English lace maker Jane Atkinson to discuss her journey into the craft, her inspiration and approach to lace design and her exciting new exhibition which will be held at Walford Mill Crafts, Dorset, in September. Jane and I have also been cooking up some lace surprises for our listeners in what will be a year of lace!Check out our new lace campaign at https://www.textilesupport.net/lace-support


3 Feb 2018

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Sky Cubacub

From a child with mis-matched socks to being recognized as one of the Chicago Tribune’s 2018 Chicagoans of the year, Sky Cubacub is the founder - and heart and soul – of Rebirth Garments; a clothing line for people on the full spectrum of gender, size and ability. Rebirth Garments is more than a clothing brand, it is a movement centred around a concept which Sky calls “Radical Visibility” which really challenges the way we think about dress and what that signals to those around us.I was very lucky to have been able to catch up with Sky recently to talk about the brand, their projects and what is means to be radically visible.To hear more TextileStories subscribe to our channel or visit: www.textilesupport.net/blogTo read more about Sky and Rebirth Garments go to: http://rebirthgarments.comYou can also follow rebirth Garments (a fabulous feed!) @rebirthgarmentsSky’s Radical Visibility Manifesto can be found here: http://rebirthgarments.com/radical-visibility-zineWould you prefer to watch a slideshow while you listen? Find us on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/GGynww9frs8Music: "Add And" by Broke for Free brokeforfree.com/


27 Feb 2019

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Kim Lieberman

The work of South African artist Kim Lieberman takes us on a journey; seeking to investigate communication and interaction between people her work has an extraordinary global vision which dissects figuratively and at times literally the currency of connection. Through drawing, sculpture, stitching and lace, Lieberman explores responsibility, generosity and social response. Using deeply significant materials such as money, postage stamps and lace she challenges us to think differently about the meanings we attach to these materials across cultures and time. It was an absolute pleasure to speak with Kim for this episode as she shares insights into her practice as well as some of her current work which is part of the inaugural exhibition at Finkelstein Gallery in Melbourne until September 28, 2019. You can find out more about Isabel and her work on her website: https://www.kimlieberman.comOr follow her on Instagram: @kimlieberman_You can find out more about Finkelstein Gallery via their website: https://finkelsteingallery.com/Or on Instagram: @finkelsteingalleryWould you prefer to listen with a slideshow? Find it on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/IPAF85HtXf4To hear more TextileStories subscribe to our channel or visit: https://www.textilesupport.net/blog Music: "Add And" by Broke for Free www.brokeforfree.com/


10 Sep 2019

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Isabel Avendano Hazbun

Bringing together two of the major fields of traditional craft & design – Textiles and Wood – designer Isabel Avendaño Hazbún creates functional and nonfunctional art objects which open up new dialogues about material, dress and identity.Her innovative and often surprising use of materials offers a refreshing and unique take on both crafts which is continually evolving into a rich and complex creative language. Whether she is making objects for the home or to be worn on the body Isabel’s work pushes us to think differently about the relationship between objects and our bodies.In this episode of TextileStories Isabel joins me to discuss her creative process and her current exhibition GIANTS which is on at the Australian Design Centre in Sydney until September 25, 2019. You can find out more about Isabel and her work on her website: http://www.isabel-avendano-hazbun.com/Or follow her on Instagram: @isabel_avendano_hazbunWould you prefer to listen with a slide show? Find it on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/BClY2hGWpYcTo hear more TextileStories subscribe to our channel or visit: https://www.textilesupport.net/blogMusic: "Add And" by Broke for Free www.brokeforfree.com/


13 Aug 2019

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Hugs Not Hats

Some of you know me as a teacher & researcher, others as a tour leader or as a blogger and now pod-caster, but I am also a cancer survivor and as today is international cancer survivor’s day I wanted to do a short episode that I have had in the back of my mind for a couple of years…So now that I am a whole 32cm from my chemo coiffure, I thought it was time to have a chat. About the hats.Over the last few years a number of people have asked me if there is some sort of gift that would be of comfort to friends or family members going through cancer treatment and most of them have been surprised when I have answered “anything but a hat or bandanna!”. So I thought it might be useful to explain this based on my own experience and what I learned chatting with other patients in the chemo ward.Now, to be clear, I get it, a hat seems like the most obvious thing to make…I mean there is an obvious vulnerability that we see in chemo patients, when they lose their hair it is a natural impulse to want to wrap them up and protect them and that is generally in the form of a hat.But it is a little more complicated than that. It is incredibly confronting when all of your hair falls out because you are sick. There is a sense of loss of control over you own life which can be exacerbated by others trying to dress you. The thing about hair-loss is that it is a very visible, public sign of the illness the patient is experiencing and how they choose to deal with that is extremely personal.Some patients are happy to channel their inner Yul Brunner or Sinead O’Connor while others have special wigs fitted so no one need know what they are going through…then in-between there are many types of hats, scarves and bandannas which patients can choose from depending on their personal style.The problem with gifting hats is that it takes that control out of the patients hands at a time that they need to hang on to any small choices that they can – hats also sit differently when you don’t have any hair and it is tricky to find the right one, I personally got through with my husband’s collection of plain black beanies which were discreet and perfect.The other tricky thing is that sometimes in an attempt to cheer the patient up people get a bit carried away with their hat creations or choices using bright colours, quirky patterns or giant flowers which just draw more attention to the fact that they have lost their hair and can leave them feeling that they are somewhere between being in fancy dress or maybe even a bit like a teapot.So in the interests of sparing everyone an embarrassing experience I thought it might be useful to make some suggestions of alternative handmade gifts which can show your loved one that you are there for them at this difficult time, and you can tune in to hear them or read all about it over on the blog: https://www.textilesupport.net/single-post/2019/06/02/HugsnotHats Teacosy by: Cherie HingeeMusic: "Survivor" by Destiny's Child


2 Jun 2019

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Caitlin McCormack

Many of you are probably already familiar with the fragile, haunting, crochet sculptures of artist Caitlin McCormack. So many images of her beautiful work have gone viral in recent years, but do you know the story behind them and where her creative journey is leading her? This week on TextileStories I had the pleasure of speaking with Caitlin about her work thus far and the brave new direction she has taken in her current exhibition “See You All in There” which is on at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia until April 13, 2019.In her new work Caitlin shifts the focus from us being the examiners of the work; the specimen-like quality her sculptures have had until now, to the concept of seeing and being seen. Raising questions about privacy and vulnerability, Caitlin has taken a brave new direction, seeking interconnection between different groups and communities and calling us all to be more aware of what is happening in the world which surrounds us.Direct, and at times quite raw, Caitlin generously shares some of her journey as an artist and this episode is a must listen for anyone who is striving to live a creative life, who has experienced feelings of hopelessness when trying to make a valid contribution to society and for anyone who has ever struggled with depression.Thank you Caitlin for your honesty and your beautiful work.see more of Caitlin's work at:https://caitlintmccormack.com/home.htmlor follow her on Instagram (she has a wonderfully creative feed) @mister_caitlinor see the online catalogue of her work here:https://www.paradigmarts.org/collections/caitlin-mccormackWould you prefer to listen with a slide show? Find us on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/bxvW7PM_ez4To hear more TextileStories subscribe to our channel or visit: www.textilesupport.net/blogMusic: "Add And" by Broke for Free www.brokeforfree.com/


4 Apr 2019

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An Interview With Catriona Pollard

I recently had the pleasure of catching up with Australian contemporary basket maker and sculptor Catriona Pollard who in this interview shares with us some of her personal journey coming from the world of business to rediscover a part of herself through the art of basketry. Catriona's organic sculptures offer an opportunity to reflect on our own interconnectedness with each other and the world which surrounds us, inviting us to see the beauty in ordinary objects and slow the pace of our daily lives.Join us to hear about Catriona's process of collecting and giving new life to materials, her approach to making and her current exhibition which is on until June 3 2018 at Sturt Contemporary Australian Craft and Design in Mittagong (south of Sydney)http://www.sturt.nsw.edu.au/To hear more TextileStories subscribe to our channel or visit: http://www.textilesupport.net/blogTo see more of Catriona's work go to: http://theartofweaving.com.au/Would you prefer to watch a slideshow while you listen? Find us on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEWyEEuojOfsVZdkK5KGBZqzhKYg3ztnX Music: "Add And" by Broke For Free http://brokeforfree.com/


2 May 2018

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