Podcast Fundraiser Success!

With the help of an amazing 52 supporters, I have raised enough money to cover the costs of the new series of Making Meaning. My crowdfunder raised £880* which will pay for the hosting, admin and editing of another series of podcast in 2022. It was nervous about trying a crowdfunder for my own projects, having done it a few times for the foodbank I volunteer for. I won’t deny that it was a lot of work to set up, promote, do images and videos, write endless social media posts and remind people to donate but I’ve also had loads of help with other people sharing it on social media and a lovely plug from Mrs M’s Curiosity Cabinet podcast too.

I have a couple of single episode sponsors from the crowdfunder too but have plenty of slots available for any individuals or businesses who would like to support one or more episodes. I’m also very pleased to have a whole series business sponsor which I will be announcing soon. Please get in touch if you think this might be right for you.

In the meantime, you have a few months to catch up on the rest of series one of the podcast before the new one starts. I’m really excited, I hope you are too.

*For transparency, there are fees and vat to be paid on this so I will actually make about £770 from this fundraiser. I think it’s useful for others to know when they are considering a similar thing. Any additional sponsorship will first go towards paying my guests for their time and then maybe paying myself a small amount too.

Making Meaning Podcast Episode Eleven – Reflections with Ruth Singer

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I’m an artist & maker exploring personal and collective narratives through textiles. I create for exhibitions, commissions and projects. I also write books, support other creatives through mentoring and consultancy / research work and I love generating my own projects, artist residencies and making things happen. 

All of my work, across all of these different aspects is centred around making with meaning. I am fascinated by the hidden stories in all our lives and in historic objects and places. My work grows from research and contemplation and from collaborating with others.

This end of series episode of Making Meaning is just me. I wanted to reflect on the series, to share my thoughts and feelings about the amazing conversations I’ve had. I also wanted to add a bit more context about my own work and share more about myself and some of the projects I have worked on in the past, present and future. The themes that come up again and again in this series are about connection and collaboration, about the creative impulse and the value of our ideas, about research, about materials and making and about change, movement and belonging. I also introduce some ideas for the new series of Making Meaning, including a live event and longer, even more in-depth conversations.

And of course, there’s more of me asking for you to support the podcast with a contribution towards my crowdfunder to cover the costs of the new series and make it even better.


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Recent work


Support the podcast

My Making Meaning podcast of conversations with creatives is coming to the end of 2021 series. I want to make the new 2022 series of Making Meaning even better. If you have enjoyed these episodes, please consider making a donation to my crowdfunder campaign before it closes on Monday 13th December at midday GMT.

So many of you have loved listening to Making Meaning over the last 6 months. It’s been a wonderful project for me too. I planned and recorded most of it while we were still in lockdown as a way of connecting with others and now being able to share these rich and inspiring conversations is a joy.

The podcast has really resonated with you, enabling you to learn more about your own making or creative work and to understand how artists think and work. It’s made connections across creative work and within and outside of my own textiles discipline. I’ve been able to share stories from museum work and other kinds of creative practice as well as craft and they are all so relevant and inspiring to hear. 

I’ve been doing this out of my own pocket for the last year but really need to make it financially viable for 2022. I have to pay hosting fees, editing and marketing costs and then there’s my own time.. and I would love to be able to pay my guests something too as they have so generously given their time. There are a range of rewards including episode and whole series sponsorship.

Maker Membership

My Maker Membership is now open for all makers wanting to explore their motivations and to build meaning and research into their practice and be part of a supportive creative community. We meet once a month and I share resources, tips and research to help you develop your own work. Find out more here.

Making Meaning Podcast Episode Ten – Emma King

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I first started working as a museum consultant in 2004. Over the next decade I built up a reputation for delivering high quality work, delivering projects for clients across the UK. I then took a break from consultancy to work as the founding Director of the Holocaust Exhibition & Learning Centre in Huddersfield from 2017-2020. I led a small team to create a completely new heritage business, including writing and curating the north of England’s only exhibition about the Holocaust. I learnt a lot – about leadership, project management, storytelling, entrepreneurship, and above all, about myself. Now I’m bringing that learning back to my consultancy work.

This week’s podcast is with museum consultant Emma King, also one of my most-longstanding friends. We met at Leicester University back in the last millennium both studying for a Museum Studies Masters Degree and she has gone on to have a great career in museums both as a freelancer and employed, always seeking innovative projects where she can delve into research and storytelling with collections and people. Because I also worked in the museum sector for a few years and still work closely with them as often as possible, we have a lot in common in our working practices and our interests. We could (and do) talk for hours but I have edited out (most of) our rambling and focussed on exploring making meaning in a museum context, communication and interpretation, the value of ideas and of co-creation with communities and artists.

There’s more about Emma and her work in the links below.


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Emma King

Emma’s projects


Support the podcast

My Making Meaning podcast of conversations with creatives is coming to the end of 2021 series. I want to make the new 2022 series of Making Meaning even better. If you have enjoyed these episodes, please consider making a donation to my crowdfunder campaign before it closes on Monday 13th December at midday GMT.

So many of you have loved listening to Making Meaning over the last 6 months. It’s been a wonderful project for me too. I planned and recorded most of it while we were still in lockdown as a way of connecting with others and now being able to share these rich and inspiring conversations is a joy.

The podcast has really resonated with you, enabling you to learn more about your own making or creative work and to understand how artists think and work. It’s made connections across creative work and within and outside of my own textiles discipline. I’ve been able to share stories from museum work and other kinds of creative practice as well as craft and they are all so relevant and inspiring to hear. 

I’ve been doing this out of my own pocket for the last year but really need to make it financially viable for 2022. I have to pay hosting fees, editing and marketing costs and then there’s my own time.. and I would love to be able to pay my guests something too as they have so generously given their time. There are a range of rewards including episode and whole series sponsorship.

Maker Membership

My Maker Membership is now open for all makers wanting to explore their motivations and to build meaning and research into their practice and be part of a supportive creative community. We meet once a month and I share resources, tips and research to help you develop your own work. Find out more here.

Making Meaning Podcast Episode Nine – Paula Briggs

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After 10 years of ceramic practice, I am currently part way through a Ceramics MA, and so my practice is changing and developing. I feel a little vulnerable show these images as they are in no way finished ideas, but do show some of my early exploration during a ‘Spode Heritage’ brief. During this project I began to recognise and enjoy the story telling within my new work. Used to working with unglazed porcelain with a focus on colour, texture and form, becoming drawn to transfer ware and imagery was a surprise to me that I continue to explore. A more recent project gave me the opportunity to explore my past use of colour and texture in a very different way, wonderful colour through glaze exploration and floral pattern, again, my enjoyment of the floral pattern coming as something of a surprise to me. I am excited about the possibilities of where these new found material interest lead, and how they will help me in the telling of stories, and I am determined to remain open to new ideas, skills and storytelling possibilities.

I love how open Paula is to learning and developing new work. I first came across her work in 2014 in a powerful exhibition called Torn: Grief in the Making and knew we would have so much in common. Since then our paths have crossed a few times through being in the same groups but we both felt slight outsiders in the commercial / retail craft products world. Like me, Paula is clear that she isn’t interested in repetitive making purely for selling and is focussing on narrative. She contacted me a few months ago to interview me for her MA research and that conversation led to this podcast.


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Paula Briggs

Paula and her recent work


Support the podcast

My Making Meaning podcast of conversations with creatives is coming to the end of 2021 series. I want to make the new 2022 series of Making Meaning even better. If you have enjoyed these episodes, please consider making a donation to my crowdfunder campaign before it closes on Monday 13th December at midday GMT.

So many of you have loved listening to Making Meaning over the last 6 months. It’s been a wonderful project for me too. I planned and recorded most of it while we were still in lockdown as a way of connecting with others and now being able to share these rich and inspiring conversations is a joy.

The podcast has really resonated with you, enabling you to learn more about your own making or creative work and to understand how artists think and work. It’s made connections across creative work and within and outside of my own textiles discipline. I’ve been able to share stories from museum work and other kinds of creative practice as well as craft and they are all so relevant and inspiring to hear. 

I’ve been doing this out of my own pocket for the last year but really need to make it financially viable for 2022. I have to pay hosting fees, editing and marketing costs and then there’s my own time.. and I would love to be able to pay my guests something too as they have so generously given their time. There are a range of rewards including episode and whole series sponsorship.

Maker Membership

My Maker Membership is now open for all makers wanting to explore their motivations and to build meaning and research into their practice and be part of a supportive creative community. We meet once a month and I share resources, tips and research to help you develop your own work. Find out more here.

Making Meaning Podcast Series Two plans

Help me make series two a reality by supporting my crowdfunder

Listeners are loving Making Meaning podcast and I want to make more! I need to cover the costs of hosting and editing to make it sustainable.

So many of you have loved listening to Making Meaning over the last 6 months. It’s been a wonderful project for me too. I planned and recorded most of it while we were still in lockdown as a way of connecting with others and now being able to share these rich and inspiring conversations is a joy.

The podcast has really resonated with you, enabling you to learn more about your own making or creative work and to understand how artists think and work. It’s made connections across creative work and within and outside of my own textiles discipline. I’ve been able to share stories from museum work and other kinds of creative practice as well as craft and they are all so relevant and inspiring to hear. 

I’ve been doing this out of my own pocket for the last year but really need to make it financially viable for 2022. I have to pay hosting fees, editing and marketing costs and then there’s my own time.. and I would love to be able to pay my guests something too as they have so generously given their time. 

I’ve created rewards & thank yous for your contribution towards the costs starting at just £5

The rewards are:

£5 for a website thank you

£15 for a postcard pack and a website thank you

£35 to be a single episode supporter with a thank you on the website and in the episode you support

£50 to be a business sponsor of a single episode

£100 includes an original artwork posted directly to you from me, plus website and episode thank you

£500 option for businesses who want to support the whole series and have a small advert during the podcast

Making Meaning Podcast Episode Eight – Ekta Kaul

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Ekta Kaul is a textile artist known for her narrative maps that explore places, history and belonging through stitch. She works on public and private commissions and her work is held in several permanent collections including at the Crafts Council, Liberty of London, the Gunnersbury Museum and those of private collectors. Ekta is also an educator and teaches at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge as well as internationally. She has received awards from the Crafts Council and the Arts Council England and was the winner of 2021 Cockpit Arts Textile Prize. She works from her studio at Cockpit Arts in Bloomsbury, London.

I first met Ekta 10 or 12 years ago when we were both early on in our textile careers, doing retail shows and finding our way. Since then we have both branched out into creating narrative textile artworks, working with community groups, commissions and teaching adults. I love talking to Ekta because she is so thoughtful and considered in everything she does, including her textile making practice. In this conversation we start talking about her recent work on textile maps and then we take a journey through finding your own creative voice, sharing and communicating the love of textiles, community and the power of textiles to both soothe and connect. 

See below for links to things we talked about in the podcast.


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Ekta Kaul

Ekta and her work


Ekta is also featured in my 2020 one-off podcast for the Textiles in Lockdown project. You can listen to that here for free.

Ekta’s Soothing Stitch Circle membership opens any minute now.


Support the podcast

If you have enjoyed the podcast, please consider making a contribution towards my costs to create and host these conversations. You can make a one-off donation below or join my Podcast Supporters Membership on Patreon for £4.50 per month. You can also support for free by subscribing, reviewing and sharing the podcast on your social media. Thank you!

Podcast donation

A small contribution towards the podcast costs

£2.00

Maker Membership

My Maker Membership is now open for all makers wanting to explore their motivations and to build meaning and research into their practice and be part of a supportive creative community. We meet once a month and I share resources, tips and research to help you develop your own work. Find out more here.

Making Meaning Podcast Episode Seven – Melody Vaughan

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Melody Vaughan is a curator and writer who facilitates encounters between people, objects and craft makers. Through acts of gathering people together she create spaces for sharing experiences of making and questioning contemporary craft practices, with a focus on sustainable/ethical making practices.

Working mostly in a 1:1 setting with craft makers, she offers a space for closer enquiry and reflection into their creative practices. She is particularly excited to work with people who are looking to make significant shifts within their practice or who would like to develop an ongoing practice of exploration into the why behind their work.

Melody has a background in archaeology, Museum Education and as a contemporary craft maker (ceramics & metal). These experiences fuel her passion for the objects we create and use, as well as for engaging people with these objects, and translate into the dedicated support of craft makers and their creative practices.

Melody and I first connected online a few years ago, sharing our thoughts about supporting artists and makers. Once I realised we both had similar museum backgrounds, I knew we have so much to talk about. I have really enjoyed her seasonal work reflection resources and I love her approach to helping makers find their way. We’ve talked a few times over Zoom in the last 18 months, sharing our fascination with the makers’ mind and how to support ourselves to support others. Melody has spaces available for 1:1 mentoring with professional makers this autumn. Find our more here.

See below for links to things we talked about in the podcast.

As always, behind the scenes and more chat about the podcast and my guests (and their pets if possible!) is available to Patreon members for just £4.50 a month.

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Melody Vaughan

Melody and her work

We also talked about my Criminal Quilts project and use of data, which you can see in the online exhibition here. I also mentioned some of my work where human touch was important to the piece. Two of these are shown below. Many Hands and The Beauty of Stains from my Narrative Threads exhibition.

Support the podcast

If you have enjoyed the podcast, please consider making a contribution towards my costs to create and host these conversations. You can make a one-off donation below or join my Podcast Supporters Membership on Patreon for £4.50 per month. You can also support for free by subscribing, reviewing and sharing the podcast on your social media. Thank you!

Podcast donation

A small contribution towards the podcast costs

£2.00

Maker Membership

My Maker Membership is now open for all makers wanting to explore their motivations and to build meaning and research into their practice. Find out more here.

Making Meaning Podcast Episode Six – Cas Holmes

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Cas Holmes is interested in the liminal, ‘in between’ spaces connecting land, place and environment. Trained in fine art, her work combines mixed media with found materials and stitch and is best described as ‘painting with cloth’. She is a tutor at the prestigious West Dean College and trained in community arts working in areas of health, education and environmental arts practice. The challenge of working on site-specific and commissions continues to inform her practice

This conversation between me and textile artist Cas Holmes was such a joy. We first recorded a conversation last year for the Textiles in Lockdown one-off podcast I created for Gawthorpe Textiles Collection and I knew I wanted to talk more to Cas. I discovered so much more about her work than I had known before; about migration and cultural heritage, about responding to old but meaningful cloth and other objects and we also talked about the loss of talking to other people, sparking ideas and sharing textile making in communal spaces through the pandemic. What I love about Cas’ work is the co-creation she often inspires through a dedicated textile fan base and through decades of community practice. She talks movingly about the impact of little conversations, asides and responses and how all that feeds into her work which she creates with delicacy and thoughtfulness. She talks about the losses we have all felt through the pandemic and how it has created more understanding of those who have been displaced and constrained by incredibly difficult circumstances. I recommend you also listen to the Textiles in Lockdown podcast for more about this, which we recorded together last year. Her new book is available here.

See below for links to things we talked about in the podcast.

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Cas and her work

Cas Holmes

In this conversation Cas also mentioned the artist Claire Benn and the Gypsy Maker project by the Romani Cultural and Arts Company.

Cas has a number of in-person workshops in the diary for autumn / winter 2021.


Support the podcast

If you have enjoyed the podcast, please consider making a contribution towards my costs to create and host these conversations. You can make a one-off donation below or join my Podcast Supporters Membership on Patreon for £4.50 per month. You can also support for free by subscribing, reviewing and sharing the podcast on your social media. Thank you!

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Making Meaning Podcast Episode Five – Kathryn Parsons

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Kathryn Parsons is an artist and visual story-teller.  

Kathryn’s approach is research-based and multi-faceted – From a Herbarium of Stories made from leaves and sunlight, to wildflower shoes sculpted in sugar, she creates intricate artworks that weave together tales of nature, place and people.

She has exhibited at The Victoria and Albert Museum and National Centre for Craft & Design, and created site-inspired artworks for Burghley House, the John Clare Trust, and Derby Museum’s porcelain gallery. 

Currently Artist in Residence with Langdyke Countryside Trust, Kathryn also runs creative workshops… she loves to inspire deeper connections with the natural world while nurturing creativity.

The first time I saw Kathryn’s exquisite work I was bowled over by the delicacy and subtly of it. Kathryn has such an interesting perspective on the world, seeing nature with such open curiosity. In this podcast we talk about seeking inspiration in the world and in museums, about how important it is for both of us to be open to new ideas & to work with the materials that are right for the project. We talk about working in small scale, in loving the details in this. We also talk about museums and creating site-specific work related to locations and landscapes. Kathryn is passionate about sharing her work, about making stories accessible to others through art-making and about nurturing a love of the wild. It’s a lovely conversation which I am sure you will enjoy too.

See below for links to things we talked about in the podcast.

As always, behind the scenes and more chat about the podcast and my guests (and their pets if possible!) is available to Patreon members for just £4.50 a month.

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Kathryn and her work

Kathryn Parsons

Kathryn regularly runs workshops online and in person in the English Midlands. Please check her website and social media to keep in touch or join her mailing list

The Langdyke Stories project Kathryn talked about was produced by Art Pop Up

#solaceinnature is Kathryn’s every-growing collection of photographs that capture the small, beautiful details of nature. She started taking these photographs just before we went in to the first lockdown in 2020, going out each day to look for beauty in order to share it with others via social media. She was blown away by the response and has continued (though not daily any more). Find these beautiful posts on her social media links above.

Support the podcast

If you have enjoyed the podcast, please consider making a contribution towards my costs to create and host these conversations. You can make a one-off donation below or join my Podcast Supporters Membership on Patreon for £4.50 per month. You can also support for free by subscribing, reviewing and sharing the podcast on your social media. Thank you!

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Making Meaning Podcast Episode Four – Richard McVetis

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Richard McVetis

My practice is deeply rooted in process and hand embroidery. I record Time and Space through multiples of dots, lines, and crosses. These meticulously rendered stitches reflect a preoccupation with the repetitive nature, exploring the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making.

Richard makes work for exhibitions and commissions and shares his unique style of stitch and the meditative process behind it through workshops. In the 10 years or so since I first came across Richard’s work, he’s exhibited widely including the Crafts Council’s Collect Open in 2017, and he’s got a solo exhibition coming up in 2022. In this conversation we talk about research and our methods for gathering ideas, what inspires us and how place and family heritage are so important. Richard talks about never not being an artist which rings so true for me, and about being curious and always exploring ideas.

See below for links to things we talked about in the podcast.

As always, behind the scenes and more chat about the podcast and my guests (and their pets if possible!) is available to Patreon members for just £4.50 a month.

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Richard and his recent work

Richard McVetis

Support the podcast

If you have enjoyed the podcast, please consider making a contribution towards my costs to create and host these conversations. You can make a one-off donation below or join my Podcast Supporters Membership on Patreon for £4.50 per month. You can also support for free by subscribing, reviewing and sharing the podcast on your social media. Thank you!

Podcast donation

A small contribution towards the podcast costs

£2.00