Making Meaning. A podcast by Ruth Singer exploring the meaning behind what we make.

One of the things I love most about my working life is talking to other artists and creative people about what they do and why. I love delving into the stories behind theirwork, hearing about what matters to artists and how they choose to share their thoughts through their creative practice. I am fascinated by research-focussed work and what goes on in the creative brain to develop artistic or creative work from concepts, ideas, research and thinking. The artwork I love most has a complex, often personal set of stories and narratives behind it, and often we don’t talk so much about those deeper meanings.

Over the last year of isolation, I’ve really missed conversations with creative people about why they make what they make. I haven’t been able to visit other studios, to chat over tea about what matters most, about what inspires me, about what story we might be exploring at the moment. I love bouncing ideas off other creative minds. So I have created a podcast so I have the excuse to talk to artists and creative people whom I admire and who have fascinating stories to tell about the meaning behind their making.

Making Meaning is now available in all podcast apps, on the link below and on Apple podcasts.

#10: Making Meaning with Emma King Making Meaning

In this final conversation of the series, Ruth is talking to museum consultant Emma King. Ruth & Emma were at University studying for a Masters Degree in Museum Studies. In this episode they talk about making meaning in museums, about what museums are for, about ideas and their value and about how to spark and nuture them. Find out more at ruthsinger.com/podcast We are raising money for the next series of Making Meaning. Please contribute if you can here
  1. #10: Making Meaning with Emma King
  2. #9: Making Meaning with Paula Briggs
  3. #8: Making Meaning with Ekta Kaul
  4. #7: Making Meaning with Melody Vaughan
  5. #6: Making Meaning with Cas Holmes

There’s a short introduction, then the fortnightly episodes of conversations. In this series there will be nine conversations with artists, coaches and consultants. I’ve chosen to talk to people I already know a little or sometimes very well which makes for a relaxed chat about what’s most interesting to us.

There are blog posts about each episode below including links to the guests, images of their work and anything of mine I discuss.

Making Meaning is edited by the brilliant Making Space VA.

Crowdfunding for Series Two

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. So I’ve created a crowdfunder so you can be part of making the new series happen!

There are rewards starting at £5 and options for businesses to sponsor the podcast too. There’s more information on my blog here.

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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 […]