Susan Weeks wears several online hats... podcast producer, podcast host, digital marketing mentor, trainer. As your podcast producer she will guide you from Fuzzy Idea to Polished Podcast with her unique 3 Step podcast launch process. As host of Stitchery Stories embroidery and textile art podcast, Susan enjoys having fun and engaging chats with textile artists, and she is proud to successfully bring textile art and podcasting together.
Today we meet Claire Edwards, who embodies her brand name of Defiant Embroidery. Claire shares her fascinating story of how she discovered her creativity and passion for hand embroidery as part of her quest to discover her third career. After an enjoyable career in the RAF and then working with young offenders, Claire suffered some setbacks that led her to going to University and discovering hand embroidery. However, Claire has decided to push the boundaries of what is thought possible with traditional hand embroidery and has started combining her beautiful sculptural hand embroidery with unusual materials such as concrete and acrylic resin. Susan Weeks chats with Claire Edwards about: Being inspired to 'entomb' her beautiful embroideries in resin A LOT of trial and error to test resin and its effects upon her embroidery Building up layers and creating a unique wall hanging Our impact and damage to the natural world is a recurring theme Coral reefs and an affinity with the sea Discovering creativity later in life! It all started with crochet... Life changing decisions and discovering her next path Finding her way, developing her ideas and her embroidery 'voice' Beads are a big thing! The challenges of entering the Hand & Lock competition The phoenix as a personal reflection on life's journey A trip to her local hospital  'Accidents & Emergency' For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Claire's work at Look: Like: View: Link: Send:   Related Stitchery Stories episodes you might like:   Other people, places & things we mentioned: Karen Nichol
Today we meet Jessica Aldred, a former Royal School of Needlework graduate and tutor, who combines her love of embroidery with her love of all things vintage! Jessica shares some fabulous career highlights with us as she is close to the new adventure of motherhood. With big changes coming along in her life, Jessica has been investigating different ways of working and extending how she can support other embroidery artists. She loves to help others 'know where to start' in developing their embroidery career, and develop the confidence to move forward. An interesting aspect of Jessica's business is her love of vintage clothing and styling, and we chat about how she has combined the 2 aspects to create her own unique brand and business. Susan Weeks chats with Jessica about: Using lockdown time to investigate different ways of working online Conserving an embroidery from 1715 Passionate about helping people who want to generate income from their embroidery skills Consultation around producing embroidery kits The feeling of fear when you start working on vulnerable antique embroideries Keen to support artists 'know where to start' and develop the confidence to move forward Always loved buttons & beads Her route into the Royal School of Needlework The delights of Pinterest Including her love of vintage styling into her business Embroidery for royalty Embroidery for prisoners For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Jessica's work at Look: Look: View: Like: Send:   Related Stitchery Stories episodes you might like: Other people, places & things we mentioned: The History Wardrobe with Lucy Adlington Bright Star (movie 2009) Bankfield Museum, Halifax Elstob & Elstob Auctioneers  
Today we hear from Susan Weeks, the host of Stitchery Stories. Susan shares her thoughts around the future direction for this globally popular textile art podcast. She also unveils a Listener Survey that she would love everyone to complete. It's anonymous, only takes a minute and will really help her understand and serve all you lovely listeners in a more powerful way. And a key change is that Susan intends to put this podcast at the heart of her business, and focus on helping professional textile artists and embroidery artists with their quest and challenges around getting their businesses online, creating online courses and membership schemes, as well as selling stuff online too. This is a perfect example where professional skills and years of experience meet a much loved hobby. Sue is very excited about how this can develop! Susan chats about: She loves to see what you are stitching and working on How her online business skills and courses can support professional textile artists Why she started this podcast The 'Free' way vs the 'headache-free' way to develop your business Is textile art & embroidery your hobby OR your business? Please take part in the Stitchery Stories Listener Survey Also watch out for a survey for professional embroidery & textile artists Exploring sponsorship and other revenue generation opportunities For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & fill out the survey at Look: Like: Like: View: Survey: Early Stitchery Stories episodes you might like:  
Today we meet Claire Mort, an award-winning British textile artist who creates colourful and powerful pop art using hand embroidery. And if you read 'Be Creative With Workbox' magazine, then you will already know her from her column, 'Morts Thoughts'. Claire has an inspiring story and we discuss how opportunities come from the most extraordinary situations, and really that we need a mixture of joy and hope to carry us through the exciting adventure of life. Although we did cover some rather serious topics, we did it with humour and joy. Susan Weeks chats with Claire about: Stitching into bras Inspiring women and their stories The impact of the Corona virus 'lockdown' Assessing all aspects of her art business and to continue and adapt Developing self-reliance and sustainability The shortest exhibition in history! Embroidery is an incredibly powerful tool The influence of graphic design and the skills needed for online work Opportunities come from extraordinary situations Writing a magazine column The delight of Instagram Inspired by 70's and 80's UK kids cartoons The joy of the handmade item - in all mediums So much to be learnt from playing The battle with our inner critic Courage and hope Wondering how to start creating an online course For this episode... View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Claire's work at Look: View: Shop: Related Stitchery Stories episodes you might like: Other people, places & things we mentioned: The Embroiderers' Guild The Society For Embroidered Work (S.E.W.) A Mighty Girl Being Bold: Finding Myself When Everything Changed Susan Weeks on International Womens Day 2017   'Be Creative With Workbox' magazine
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