Have a listen to podcasts from designer-makers and creatives, for inspiring stories, tips and tricks, to enjoy while you craft.
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More and more makers are turning to creative podcasts to get inspired and learn something new. After all, podcasts are something you can easily tune into instead of the TV or radio, while crafting.
A podcast is like listening to an intimate radio show, where it’s just you and the people on the podcast in the room. You can often get behind-the-scenes stories from your favourite makers, or tips to grow your business from fellow creatives. Either listen to them straight away or download them for later, by going to the podcast website or visiting sites and apps such as iTunes, Pocket Casts, Soundcloud, Player FM, Stitcher FM and Spotify.
If there’s a making niche, there’s a podcast for it. We’ve picked five of the biggest, best and most entertaining podcasts for crafters and designer-makers, so you can dip your toe in the podcast community, before searching out more than suit your creative needs.
Me & Orla’s Sara Tasker has long been a blogger and Instagram influencer, and last year started producing her own podcast, Hashtag Authentic. It’s an enticing mix of the practical and emotional. Sara looks at subjects like how to get more engagement on Instagram, and using Insta for charity fundraising, alongside topics such as the psychology of colour, and staying true to your creative voice.
“I’m very open and vulnerable about my own mistakes and experiences, and am fortunate to have this amazing network of guests prepared to share their knowledge too,” explains Sara.
“I love that we get to dig really deep into each topic, and how that empowers people to make real changes in their lives and businesses. It means we can tackle bigger, meatier topics, and have more in-depth and meaningful conversations.”
KnitBritish is a monthly podcast by Louise Scollay, which explores everything to do with British wool. The podcast was originally inspired by Louise’s own personal challenge to only use yarns produced in the UK. It’s been going for five years and has 100 episodes, so you can check out one at a time or binge listen. Expect everything yarn-related, from knit alongs, to the inside story on locally produced wools.
“The more I explored, the more I discovered and I really wanted to shout loudly about it. A podcast was a natural step. That personal challenge to try and knit with only British wool quickly became a full-blown obsession!” explains Louise.
“KnitBritish maintains a good dose of learning and discovery about wool, as well as the usual mixture of news, reviews and interviews.
“The community connecting to the podcast is the best thing about it. Their enthusiasm for every episode, for every KAL, for every yarn review, is amazing.
“Hearing listeners telling me about their British wool purchases, showing off their makes or telling me that the podcast encouraged them to buy local wool is an amazing reward for talking into a microphone!”
Art For Your Ear
The Jealous Curator’s (AKA Danielle Krysa) blog began in 2009, as a place to show all the artwork that made her jealous, but ultimately inspired her. Soon her podcast was born. It delves into the lives of artists in a casual, fun, personal and accessible way, making the often “inaccessible” world of art open to all.
“When I studied art history in university, my favorite part was the gossip,” laughs Danielle.
“I loved hearing why artists did certain things, what was going on in their personal life, stories about other artists they knew and worked with. So my podcast is exactly that – the inside scoop stories from amazingly talented contemporary artists.
“Ultimately, it’s a chance for all of us to get to know these successful artists, who also happen to be regular people with hilarious stories, before they’re in the art history books – so while they’re still alive!”
Elise Gets Crafty
Elise Blaha Cripe is a California-based maker who’s been a craft blogger since 2005. Since branching out into podcasts she’s released 136 weekly episodes with around 100 different guests.
The podcast features interviews with creatives, and focuses on topics such as owning a small business, selling at trade shows, and running a newsletter.
“I started my podcast in 2014 because I wanted a different outlet from my blog to talk about creative things. I didn’t have much of a plan for it in the beginning but I was excited,” says Elise.
“My favourite part about having a podcast is that I now have a reason to email the artists and creatives that I admire and ask to pick their brains for 30 minutes. That’s a joy! I have learned so much from talking to different people.”
Elise’s favourite podcast: How I Built This. “The interviews blow my mind.”
Blogtacular: Creativity, The Internet & Everything
Blogtacular: Creativity, The Internet & Everything returns for season three this month. From photographers, makers and designers to bloggers, vloggers and everyone in between, Blogtacular explores the creative lives of people making a living online. It’s a cross between a Desert Island Discs interview and a business podcast, oozing with great advice.
Blogtacular’s Kat Molesworth celebrates the creative community in the weekly podcast, which sees her interviewing a whole host of creative names, from Tatty Devine’s Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden, to hashtag queen Allison Sadler, and ceramicist Camila Prada.
“We started the Blogtacular podcast because we wanted a place to explore people’s online and creative lives in depth. On the podcast we can dive into the story behind someone’s success, the mistakes, fears and pieces of luck that together with hard work took them through their career,” explains Kat.
“I like to open a discussion you won’t hear anywhere else. Blogtacular is all about lifting the lid on overnight success and internet perfection and having a raw conversation instead.
“I love how surprising the conversations are. Some of my favourite episodes have roamed all over the place in ways I couldn’t have predicted.”