Today, I’m sharing a conversation with Alexandra Cameron, a photographer based here in the UK whose work I discovered in 2017 and instantly fell in love with. She shares beautiful images but also powerful captions that explore issues really central to the experience of feeling like a woman and being a woman. I was hooked.Read More
"Everyone still wants to make the place that they live better... the internet and the power we've got through it gives us the power to do it"- Dan Thompson
This episode I’m talking to an artist who invests on a very local level to connect ideas and communities. Dan Thompson is a social artist, a writer and speaker whose work is about people and places. In this interview he shares ideas about how we can connect deeply on a local level to really discover more. It was an interview I enjoyed very much and then listening to again as I prepared this episode because for me, there’s a great sense of adventure in Dan’s work. Digging deep and seeing what makes a place and community unique is a really enriching experience for everyone involved in that process and I hope you get some ideas about your own sense of place from this interview.
You can here the podcast with my reaction to the London Riots here.
You can find Dan in the following spaces:
Music featured today is Coming Home by Soulesk via Noisetrade
Podcast produced with the kind support of Chris Muldoon.
"The more I get into a place of routine with creativity.... I run the risk of losing that spark. I like to be a little bit terrified. Slightly uncomfortable."
This week on the podcast I'm sharing the story of a writer and creator who regularly invites knitters on an adventure. Clara Parkes is an author, creator of Knitter's Review and someone whose work I have long admired. Her recent book Knitlandia is a New York Times bestseller and explores the many places around the world that have inspired Clara as a knitter.
For Clara, a sense of place is as much about the resources it offers as the actually geography and location. What I loved about interview Clara was her ability to be really present in the moment: making, baking, coming home, even, needing to leave home. Her ability to capture a moment and communicate it is incredibly inspiring to me as a creative person and she encourages me to adventure with my making as much as my own travels and day to day experiences.
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We mention a crochet designer friend of mine, Joanne. She is part of The Crochet Project, who I interviewed for the podcast last year.
I share the exciting news that the podcast has reached it's first funding goal: to keep A Playful Day sponsorship free. Every person who has pledged so far via Patreon, the crowdfunder for artists that support this podcast, has secured Season 2. I would love to do even more and so, having reached the first goal to keep A Playful Day sponsorship free, I have launched the next goal. I would love to cover every single cost of hosting this podcast so that I can make this move beyond a passion project that I do in the evenings. I uploaded a video explaining all this to the creator page for A Playful Day on Patreon. I would love for you to support this podcast's growth.
Music- 'Flying by Green River Ordinance' via Noisetrade
Podcast produced with the kind support of Chris Muldoon.
"The work that I do is intended to help people have more fun making stuff"- Kim Werker
Today on the podcast I am featuring a conversation with Kim Werker. Kim describes herself as a writer, an editor and a camp counselor for grownups. Kim has had a career rich with creative experience from the first editor of Interweave Crochet Magazine to the founder of Crochet Me. She has produced several books and is truly impressive in her pursuit of listening to her creative voice. Kim's values are very much in tune with what I'm pursuing with The Maker's Year, my own journey into every day making and making that is achievable.
Kim talks passionately about removing barriers to being able to identify as a creative and also to your making. She describes herself as being restless all the time before she found a way to achieve something creative every day in both her career and her personal making too. It's an idea that resonates for so many of us I'm sure.
You can find Kim in the following online places:
"I found knitting to be a way to keep me creative and to get my ideas out into the world"
This week I am sharing a conversation that I had with Veera Valimaki, a knitwear designer whose work I greatly admire. Veera has collaborated with some of the most inspiring yarn dyers, companies and designers in the business and her attitude to creating is refreshing to hear. Veera believes in both aesthetically beautiful knitwear that must ultimately be practical and functional. Her early days training in the field of architecture has served her well, keeping her connected to the world of the Arts and the Sciences.
Veera's latest book, a collaboration with Joji Locatelli, has just been released by Pom Pom press. Interpretations Volumes 1-3 are available digitally via Ravelry and in printed form via Pom Pom and stockists which you can find via the Pom Pom website:
Find Veera online:
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Outro music featured is 'Let Me Hear (ravish your heart)' via Great Awakening via Noisetrade
Show produced and edited by Chris Muldoon.
With thanks to Pom Pom press for kindly providing a copy of Interpretations Volume 3 for the purposes of review and reference for this episode. Opinions expressed here are my own.
"Documenting and sharing in this way has enabled me to have an amazing job that I have designed for myself" - Emily Quinton
In this episode I’m sharing a second featured conversation with someone who has had a huge impact on the way I document my every day life since meeting her a year ago. I’ve invited Emily Quinton of Makelight to join us at A Playful Day to help get us thinking about how we document our creativity.
Before we start a quick reminder that the A Playful Day podcast is powered by listeners. If you like what you hear and would love to be a part of this podcasts growth, please consider pledging support via Patreon where you’ll find me as a creator, A Playful Day. Patreon subscribers got a special preview of next week's episode with this week's mail out, I would love for you to join us!
You can find Emily in the following places online:
Makebelieve (Emily's family blog)
I do hope you enjoyed Emily’s passion for photography and perhaps this week you will join us in documenting your making using #themakersyear hashtag or Emily’s #makeseasonallight this month.
If you’ve been enjoying the new feel to APD, please consider leaving your review on itunes- it really does help move the podcast up the charts so others can find us and join the conversation.
Outro music featured is Find my Way by Brooke Annibale via Noisetrade
Show produced and edited by Chris Muldoon.
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I will be hosting a flash hashtag this Monday #makegoodfeelgood and you can find more details on my blog post here about it. I hope you can join us.
This week I am chatting with Felicity Ford, aka Knitsonik, a knitter, podcaster and soundartist. There are so many wonderful examples of Felicity's work but here's a few of those that she particularly mentions:
- The Sounds of Wool
- Documentary radio programme about the A4074
- The Knitsonik Stranded Colourwork SourceBook
- Silkworms podcast
- Sonic time capsule project
You can also find Felicity's most recent project combining textiles and sounds, The Fabric of Oxford.
Felicity mentions the following projects that have influenced her:
- Christine Hill's amazing Volksboutique project
- Dogme 95 abstract film making
- Knit the Sky Scarf
- Temperature Scarf
Music provided by Noise Trade
Fly, fly, fly by Adrina Thorpe
Smooth Movin' by The Likes of Us
This week, I shared an interview on the podcast with Melanie Falick that inspired me enormously. As well as being a highly acclaimed published author in her own right, Melanie has built a career on nurturing and empowering women to find their voices and become published authors. When the interview ended, we both felt there was still a little more to add. As is often the case when I interview a guest, we talked a little while off air and Melanie very kindly offered this guest post to share an important idea.
When I interviewed artist Katharine Cobey for my first book, Knitting in America, she said to me, "If I were a man and I were knitting things, I would feel perfectly calm. It would be perfectly ordinary to have a beautiful studio, to say what I do is as important as I can make it." But women don't always feel that confident and entitled. "It takes putting both feel firmly on the ground," Katharine continued, and saying, " 'Stand up,' all the way that you can go. Just as big or as little as you are, but as much as you can."
I think of Katharine words often. As an editor of craft books, I always try to give my authors (who are most often women) the chance to "Stand up," that is, the opportunity to express their creativity and knowledge in a bold, solid, confident way. Gone are all of the apologies that women often make for being a bother or taking up too much of someone's time or space. Gone is the modesty that many of us have come to believe we must express lest be labeled bossy or egotistical. Gone is the idea that what we do with yarn or thread and needles is trivial. Instead, we create a book that is as beautiful and substantive as we can make it, that allows us to say to the world, "I have something important to express, my work is worthy, I believe in myself."
I'm not sure how to define the term "feminist act," but I do know that I have always been dedicated to the idea of celebrating what women do, especially the parts of women's lives that have often been devalued and under-appreciated.
Find Melanie online on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest as @Melaniefalick and also at her new online home, MelanieFalick.com.