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Izzy & Gina... in stitches

Fellow textile artist Isobel Moore and I indulge in informal chat about art, embroidery and life in general, aimed at all stitchers, embroiderers, artists and creative souls. We discuss what it actually means to be an artist working primarily in textiles

Izzy and I are both practicing artists and tutors specialising in machine embroidery but we're still figuring it all out. We chat about combining the creative process with running a business. We hope you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys.

You can listen to the podcast on Apple, Spotify or your usual listening platforms.

Episode 26: A Year of Podcasting

This week Izzy and Gina celebrate a whole year of podcasting. We discuss the highs and lows (there aren't many lows), the similarities and differences in our personalities and most of all the very special friendship that has been forged. One of our best chats yet!

Episode 25: Botanical Embroidery with Maggie Schnücker

In this episode Izzy and Gina chat to Maggie Schnücker about her beautiful hand embroidery that is inspired by nature and her upcoming book "Botanical Embroidery"

Episode 24: Blowing Our Own Trumpet

Blowing our own trumpet, promotion, marketing... whatever you call it, it is one of the more difficult bits of being an artist and we are still learning. In this episode Izzy and I chat about the business side of being an artist.

Episode 23 Transferable Skills

We discuss whether when we learn a new skill or craft, these new skills and techniques are adaptable and useful to our current practice?

Episode 22: Running a Creative Business - With Viv Arthur

Gina chats to Viv Arthur of Art Van Go about running a creative business.

Episode 21: Making Meaningful Art

Izzy and Gina chat about whether art needs to have a deep meaning to be considered valid

Episode 20: Location/Inspiration

In this episode Izzy chats to artist, author and tutor Kim Thittichai about her inspiration and what prompted her move to the West Coast of Ireland

Episode 19: Inspiration

This week we’re talking about inspiration: what it is, what it isn’t, and what to do with it when we’ve got it!

Episode 18: Sketchbooks

Do we use sketchbooks and what do we use them for?
- to collect ideas
-to organise thoughts
-to try out techniques
-to practice drawing

Do we use them on location or in the studio? Do we have just one sketchbook or several on the go at once? Do we have sketchbooks just for specific projects?

What do you physically look for in a sketchbook - e.g. size, shape, paper weight, spiral or stitched bound?

And perhaps the most important question - how crucial is drawing to the creative process? Listen to find out more!

Episode 17: Creative Retreats and Holidays

We chat about creative retreats and holidays, whether we have been on one or what we would look for in a creative escape. Is it necessary to get away or is just a change of scene enough to refresh our creativity?

Episode 16: Open Studios

In this episode we discuss our experiences of participating in Open Studio events

Episode 11: A Room of One's Own

In this episode we talk about studio spaces, our actual studios and our dream studios.

We discuss how we use our spaces and touch on issues of storage, decluttering and those compromises we have to make when finding space for our creative lives