Textile Talk

Gail Cowley

This podcast is for craft and textile enthusiasts all around the world. We're constantly adding great interviews with textile artists, tutors and retailers plus a little advice on our own distance study courses in craft and much more. The School of Stitched Textiles is the largest UK provider of City & Guilds Accredited Textile based distance learning courses. You can find out site at https://www.sofst.org/. We also host the Stitch Directory, which showcases independent craft retailers and suppliers from around the world https://www.sofst.org/stitch-directory/. read less
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Episodes

Artist Interview - Cas Holmes
24-10-2023
Artist Interview - Cas Holmes
Cas Holmes is a British artist, author and tutor of Romani heritage specialising in textile work with found materials. She trained in fine art and is interested  in interdisciplinary  projects in community and gallery settings to demonstrate the accessibility of mixed media textile processes.  Her practice centres on the use of sustainable materials and themes surrounding issues of  identity and place. Research in traditional paper and textile crafts in Japan and India continue to inform her practice and writing  (Winston Churchill Fellowship, Japan Foundation Fellowship and Arts Council England Professional Development Award). She collaborates with organisations and projects on curatorial and community events including the Romani Cultural + Arts Company as a recipient of Gypsy Maker Award and with Craft Scotland on a collaborative exhibition Places, Spaces, Traces; an exploration of the concept of ‘place’ and our understanding of the importance of heritage; how our inherited traditions, monuments, objects, and culture can impact upon our identities and the space we call ‘home’.  This touring exhibition was launched on Light Vessel 21 in Gravesend and with Anna 3 in Antwerp Her work and projects are reflected in her publications for Batsford the most recent is Embroidering the Everyday (2021)She is an exhibiting artist with Art Textiles Made in Britain and a member of the Embroiderers Guild UK and the Society for Embroidered Work. The stories and imagery to be found in the everyday and commonplace are a constant source of inspiration for projects and collaborationsLinks:http://www.casholmes.co.ukhttps://www.facebook.com/casholmestextiles/https://www.sofst.org/
Artist Interviews - Christen Brown
23-05-2023
Artist Interviews - Christen Brown
Christen Brown was born in Manhattan Beach, California. She first became interested in fiber arts via making clothing for her dolls as a child. After graduating from high school, she continued her education at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, California, where she graduated with an associate in arts in fashion design. Christen began her career in the wearable art field in 1986. Her work has been shown in galleries and fashion shows all over the world. She has been invited to participate in both the Fairfield and BERNINA Fashion Shows. Christen began teaching and presenting her work in 1991, for quilt stores, and quilt and fiber art guilds on the West Coast. She has been invited to teach nationally for Road to California, American Quilter’s Society, and Quilt Festival Houston. Christen has written articles for Michael’s Arts & Crafts magazine, Threads Magazine, and Piecework Magazine. She began writing books for C&T Publishing in 2011. She has authored seven books, designed 3 sets of embroidery stencils, and 2 additional products.Christen continues to be interested in craft and fine art. She experiments and learns all that she can, specifically concentrating on design and the techniques of embroidery, quilting, ribbonwork, mixed media, and beadwork. Her goal and wish through this journey, is to continually be surprised, inspired, creative, and necessary. Website https://christenbrown.com/ Blog: christenbrown.com/blog/Facebook /christenjbrownSchool of Stitched Textiles site is at www.sofst.orgChristen's books and products are listed below;Ribbonwork GardensEmbroidered and EmbellishedRibbonwork FlowersThe Embroidery BookBeaded Embroidery StitchingHand Embroidery DictionaryCreative Embroidery, Mixing the Oldwith the New Embroidery Stencils: The EssentialCollectionEmbroidery Stencils: The Darling MotifCollectionEmbroidery Stencils: Crazy Quilt SeamDesign CollectionEmbroidery Stitching, Handy PocketGuideEmbellished Art Embroidery ProjectPlanner