Izzy & Gina in stitches

Isobel Moore & Gina Ferrari

Informal conversation about life in general, and art and embroidery in particular.

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Yes, it's that time of year! We think about what we might like to receive this Christmas - from the obvious and perhaps indulgent to the seemingly mundane things that would actually make our day.  Welcome to our podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Isobel and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. Mentioned in this episode: Kew Gardens & Wakehurst membership https://www.kew.org/join-and-support V & A museum membership https://www.vam.ac.uk/info/join-support Gina's best scissors https://www.raggedlife.com/collections/shop/products/rag-rug-fabric-scissors Missenden School of Creative Arts https://www.missendenschoolofcreativearts.co.uk/ Jackie Devereux https://www.watercolour-online.co.uk/ Desk Vacuum Cleaner - top ten https://uk.bestreviews.guide/mini-vacuum-cleaner-for-desk Double sided velcro https://www.velcro.com/business/products/self-engaging-and-back-to-back/ Pens Muji - https://www.amazon.co.uk/muji-pens/s?k=muji+pens Uniball - https://uniball.co.uk/all-products/brands/pin/ Pilot - https://www.pilotpen.co.uk/ Sketchbooks/notebooks Seawhite - https://www.seawhite.co.uk/Catalogue/SKETCHBOOKS-PADS Moleskine - https://www.jacksonsart.com/moleskine-hard-cover-sketchbooks Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24453082-big-magic Gutterman Recycled Threads https://jaycotts.co.uk/collections/gutermann-100-recycled-sewing-thread Uckfield Late Night Shopping 3rd December https://www.facebook.com/UckfieldLateNightShopping/ St Mary's Christmas Market 4th December https://www.stmaryscrc.co.uk/events You can find us at: Gina Ferrari https://www.ginaferrari-art.co.uk/ Izzy Moore https://isobelmoore.co.uk/ The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

Dec 2

50 min 53 sec

Our 26th episode and a year since we started this podcast! We chat about friendship, our personalities, what we've learned, and our plans for the future.  Welcome to our podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Isobel and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. Mentioned in this episode: Dana K. White - decluttering expert! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXJYTIbOnPhWHdqJX5oK_Hw The Container Concept explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_24PoIZSmVs Neal's Yard Remedies to Roll https://www.nealsyardremedies.com/elysium.search?autocomplete=searchsuggestion&search=remedies%20to%20roll%20collection Calm Christmas Podcast https://bethkempton.com/podcast/ The Winter Writing Sanctuary https://dowhatyouloveforlife.com/course/winter-writing-sanctuary-live-2021/ The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron https://juliacameronlive.com/the-artists-way/ Uckfield Late Night Shopping 3rd December https://www.facebook.com/UckfieldLateNightShopping/ St Mary's Christmas Market, Guilden Morden, 4th December https://www.stmaryscrc.co.uk/events You can find us at: Gina Ferrari https://www.ginaferrari-art.co.uk/ Izzy Moore https://isobelmoore.co.uk/ The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

Nov 18

1 hr 2 min

Welcome to our podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Isobel and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. In this episode we chat with Maggie Schnücker about her work and her new book. Mentioned in this episode: Maggie Schnücker Website: https://maggiejosstudio.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maggiejosstudio Book: Botanical Embroidery  - 30 Effortless Designs that showcase the beauty of nature Published by Page Street Publishing on 16 November 2021 https://www.pagestreetpublishing.com/ Available in the UK on Kindle from the publication date 16 November, and in paperback from 21st December https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/botanical-embroidery-maggie-schn-cker/1138500517?ean=9781645674184 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Botanical-Embroidery-Effortless-Designs-Showcase/dp/1645674185 Gina's exhibition: Paint, Print & Stitch 2nd - 26th November 2021 The Hub, Melbourn, Cambridgeshire https://melbournhub.co.uk/ One of Many Postcards by John Pedder https://www.instagram.com/p/BvirmEgA_TD/?hl=en Izzy's Beautiful Baubles course https://coursecraft.net/c/BeautifulBaubles2021/splash You can find us at: Gina Ferrari https://www.ginaferrari-art.co.uk/ Izzy Moore https://isobelmoore.co.uk/ The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

Nov 4

33 min 28 sec

Marketing is a key part of any business - including being an artist - but thinking about "marketing" can seem very dry and dull, and make you want to run for the hills. Maybe there's a different way to look at it?  Welcome to our podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Isobel and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. Mentioned in this episode: Alice Sheridan's Time to Shine course https://www.soulrocketstudio.com/shine Helen Perry - Instagram guru https://www.helen-perry.co.uk/ Gina's course Paint, Print, Collage and Stitch https://coursecraft.net/c/paintandstitch/splash Izzy's free course Create an Acoustic Stitch Book https://coursecraft.net/c/acousticstitchbook/splash MailChimp email marketing platform https://mailchimp.com/ Flodesk email marketing platform For 50% off your subscription (forever) you can use Izzy's affiliate link: https://flodesk.com/c/TYIJX0 Life Force by Louise Fletcher https://www.louisefletcherart.com/book Gina's exhibition 'Paint, Print, Stitch' at The Hub, Melbourn SG8 6DZ 2nd - 26th November https://melbournhub.co.uk/ Gone Fishing with Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b0b7r2k6/mortimer-whitehouse-gone-fishing 'Abstract - The Art of Design' on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80057883 Olafur Eliasson https://www.olafureliasson.net/ Magic Eraser App https://apps.apple.com/us/app/magic-eraser-background-editor/id989920057 IFTTT App https://ifttt.com/ You can find us at: Gina Ferrari https://www.ginaferrari-art.co.uk/ Izzy Moore https://isobelmoore.co.uk/ The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

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Oct 21

52 min 40 sec

Do we have skills from other areas of life that help us in our art? That's what we're pondering this week, after spending a day learning an ancient skill that we may never use again. Or will we? Perhaps there is more value to learning new skills than just what you create on the day?   Welcome to our podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Izzy and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. Mentioned in this episode: Native Hands - Courses in traditional skills of pottery, basketry and bushcraft held outside in the woods near Lewes, East Sussex https://nativehands.co.uk/  Why craft skills are good for us https://theconversation.com/how-craft-is-good-for-our-health-98755 The benefits of Knitting https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.4276/030802213X13603244419077 Pig - The film about a truffle forager. There's a fair bit of violence so it's not always easy watching, but the food is magnificent! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_(2021_film) Nigel Slater's Chard and Feta tart. There doesn't seem to be online link for this exact recipe but it can be found in Kitchen Diaries II... it's worth getting hold of a copy! Baking on a Barge https://www.floatingbaker.com/ One Million Step Challenge Gina's summer challenge to walk 1.7 million steps (the distance from Lands End to John O'Groats) for Diabetes UK. You can read about it and sponsor her here: https://step.diabetes.org.uk/fundraising/gina401 One More Croissant for the Road by Felicity Cloake https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40492267-one-more-croissant-for-the-road You can find us at: Izzy Moore https://isobelmoore.co.uk/ Gina Ferrari https://www.ginaferrari-art.co.uk/ The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

Oct 7

46 min 23 sec

In this episode Gina chats to Viv Arthur of Art Van Go, about how she came to be running such a successful and unique creative business.  Isobel and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. Mentioned in this episode: Art Van Go https://www.vycombe-arts.co.uk/ Art Van Go Creative Connexions https://www.vycombe-arts.co.uk/creative-connections.html Bailey Curtis Textile Bazaar https://www.textilefairs.co.uk/ Hellen's Manor https://hellensmanor.com/ Missenden Abbey https://www.missendenschoolofcreativearts.co.uk/ The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

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Sep 23

49 min 24 sec

In this episode, we discuss whether art needs to be deep and meaningful, whether it can just be for fun - or perhaps creating for fun is in fact creating meaningful art! Welcome to our podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Izzy and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. Mentioned in this episode: Missenden School of Creative Arts This is my Theatre Sketches - the Story of Art and People Ghosts The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://www.toneden.io/ikson/post/ikson-dear-autumn-download  .

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Sep 9

50 min 41 sec

In this episode Izzy chats to textile artist, tutor and author, Kim Thittichai about her inspirations, and what prompted her to move from the south coast of England to the west coast of Ireland and pastures new.  Izzy and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. Mentioned in this episode: Kim Thittichai  https://www.kimthittichai.com/ Hot Textiles http://hot-textiles.blogspot.com/ Reclaimed Textiles https://www.pavilionbooks.com/book/reclaimed-textiles/ Wendy Dolan https://www.wendydolan.co.uk/ City & Guilds https://www.cityandguilds.com/qualifications-and-apprenticeships/creative/design-and-craft/7716-design-and-craft# Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn https://doubletrouble-ent.com/ ICHF shows https://www.ichfevents.co.uk/ Nicola Brown fine art textiles https://nicolabrown.ie/ Trading Online Voucher Scheme (Ireland) - link correct as of August 2021 https://www.localenterprise.ie/Discover-Business-Supports/Trading-Online-Voucher-Scheme-/ Loop Head  https://loveloophead.com/ Wild Atlantic Way https://www.thewildatlanticway.com/ Sedge warbler https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/sedge-warbler/ The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

Aug 26

41 min 51 sec

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! Izzy and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. Mentioned in this episode: Foraged Fibres https://www.foragedfibres.co.uk/   https://www.instagram.com/foragedfibres/?hl=en Fi Oberon https://www.fioberon.com/ Rosie Farey https://www.instagram.com/rosiefarey/?hl=en Steal Like an Artist https://austinkleon.com/steal/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ9z2owWxDk  The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver https://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/nov/07/barbara-kingsolver-lacuna-book-review Biscoff ice cream sticks https://www.lotusbiscoff.com/en-gb/produits/lotus-biscoff-ice-cream-sticks The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

Aug 12

46 min 42 sec

Sketchbooks - an essential part of the creative process? In this episode we discuss the sketchbooks we use, whether that's one or many, and how we use them. We also discuss the size and format we prefer to use: large, small, spiral or casebound? And of course the drawings and sketches themselves: how crucial are they to the creative process? Welcome to a new podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Isobel and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. Mentioned in this episode Fashion and Textile Museum https://www.ftmlondon.org/ Frank Bowling "My art is about paint not politics" https://frankbowling.com/ Secrets of the Museum https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000f1xt The Midnight Library https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52578297-the-midnight-library Karen Stamper sketchbook courses https://karenstampercollage.com/blog/online-concertina-sketchbook-course/ Pells Pool Lewes https://www.pellspool.org.uk/ Pink Pig sketchbooks https://www.the-pink-pig.co.uk/ Seawhite sketchbooks https://www.seawhite.co.uk/ Sketchbook binding tools https://craftelier.com/en-gb/the-cinch-bind-it-all-book-binders.html The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

Jul 29

53 min 15 sec

Welcome to a new podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Izzy and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. In this episode we mention Find Your Joy with Louise Fletcher. Louise's course is now closed but you can see her art here: https://www.louisefletcherart.com/ Art Juice podcast with David Mankin https://www.louisefletcherart.com/podcast/process-and-inspiration-mankin David Mankin https://www.david-mankin.com/ Suzi Lowe https://www.suziloweart.com/ Kate Green https://www.kategreenart.com/index.html Fluorescent pink paint https://www.jacksonsart.com/daler-rowney-system-3-acrylic-500ml-fluorescent-pink Lucy Locket retreats. Currently Lucy is not running retreats due to the covid pandemic but has many other treats in her shop! https://www.lucylocketland.co.uk/ Debbie Zawinski https://www.instagram.com/theferalspinner/?hl=en Gina's account of her creative retreat at Lake Coniston http://ginaferrari.blogspot.com/2019/10/a-feral-weekend.html The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

Jul 15

51 min 3 sec

Welcome to a new podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Izzy and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. In this episode we discuss our experiences of participating in artist "Open Studio" events.    Cambridge Open Studios https://www.camopenstudios.co.uk/ Details of Gina's Studio https://www.camopenstudios.co.uk/user/567/summary Lewes Art Wave Festival  https://www.artwavefestival.org/ South East Open Studios https://www.seos-art.org/ Bridge Arts (previously Uckfield Art Trail) https://www.facebook.com/bridge.arts.in.uckfield/ Isobel's course https://coursecraft.net/c/celticseascapes2021 Gina's new course https://coursecraft.net/c/Matisse Gallery rails https://www.picturehangingsystems.co.uk/ James Clear "The right perspective can transform burdens into opportunities"  https://jamesclear.com/ Richard Wiseman, Professor of Public Understanding of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire https://richardwiseman.wordpress.com/ Richard Wiseman on The Life Scientific https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0008y3y Achiltibuie Artists https://visitcoigach.com/directory/listing/achiltibuie-artists-gallery/ Made in Assynt artists and crafters https://www.madeinassynt.co.uk/ Highland Stoneware Lochinver https://www.highlandstoneware.com/ How to eat a langoustine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx2BbP3hD9A The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

Jul 1

59 min 19 sec

Artists are renowned for collecting stuff - and we're no exception. What do we hold onto, why do we keep it, and where do we put it all? Welcome to a new podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Izzy and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. Izzy's Seascapes course More information about the new course, and sign up for Izzy's online courses newsletter on her website https://www.isobelmoore.co.uk/courses/ Bobbin Thread: Bottom Line by Superior https://www.barnyarns.co.uk/thread/superior-threads/polyester/bottomline-60-1420yd-reels/bottomline-col-623-silver.html One Million Steps Challenge https://step.diabetes.org.uk/ Gina's Fundraising page https://step.diabetes.org.uk/fundraising/gina401 No Dig Gardening with Charles Dowding https://charlesdowding.co.uk/start-here/ Vegan recipes by Meera Sodha https://www.theguardian.com/profile/meera-sodha Gina sometimes teaches rag rugging for Ragged Life https://www.raggedlife.com/ The book Izzy mentioned: Country Rag Crafts https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/4549180-country-rag-crafts Dorothy Benson - one of the very first machine embroiderers, before zigzag had been invented! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35565599-machine-embroidery The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

Jun 17

55 min 23 sec

The episode that almost never was because we kept finding other things to talk about first!  Welcome to our new podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Isobel and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. In this episode, Izzy and Gina talk about what they think procrastination is, why we do it, and most importantly - how to stop procrastinating and do the things we need to do! According to Tim Urban of Waitbutwhy.com we all do it. Check out his video for an excellent explanation of what's going on in our brains when we procrastinate! Also mentioned in this episode: Kate Green Artist Find Your Joy with Louise Fletcher Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers Alice in Wonderland exhibition The Road Less Travelled by Scott Peck Whiskey Sour: There are many variations but this was Gina's recipe courtesy of Victoria Moore in 'How to Drink" 50 ml bourbon, 25 ml lemon juice, 25 ml sugar syrup and 3 teaspoons egg white shaken with lots of ice and then served over more ice. The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

Jun 3

47 min 15 sec

Do you ever suffer from creative block? Welcome to our new podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles, with your hosts Izzy Moore and Gina Ferrari. We are both practising 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys.  In this episode we talk about whether there's a difference between procrastination and creative block, why we might suffer from creative block, and discuss what some of the solutions might be.  And as usual, we don't agree on everything! We'd love to know what you think: did we miss anything? What's your experience? You can contact Izzy here and Gina here. And please do get in touch to let us know what sort of online courses you like best - long ones to really get stuck in, short ones that you know you can complete, or bitesize, to learn just one thing?  Also mentioned in this episode: 100 Day Project  Life in Pieces - American sitcom available on Amazon Prime Me Made May  Keep Going by Austin Kleon The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson You can find out more about us and sign up to our newsletters at: www.isobelmoore.co.uk www.ginaferrari-art.co.uk Follow us on Instagram: @izzymoore.art @gina_ferrari_art

May 20

50 min 33 sec

How do you price your art?  In this episode we talk about the different ways we've tried, or considered, for pricing our work. Along the way we talk through various questions that come up when trying to put a price on creative work.  Does where you sell your work affect the price? Does it matter what prices other people are charging? Can you price textiles in the same way as paintings or other forms of art? How do you account for all the costs involved? Is there a difference between pricing and selling art made as a hobby, with art made for a living? As usual, we don't have all the answers so please get in touch to let us know your experience of pricing your work! You can contact Izzy here and Gina here. Also mentioned in this episode: Artists and ADHD ADHD in women Great British Sewing Bee You can find out more about us and sign up to our newsletters at: www.isobelmoore.co.uk www.ginaferrari-art.co.uk Follow us on Instagram: @izzymoore.art @gina_ferrari_art

May 6

47 min 2 sec

In this episode we talk about our studio spaces - the real ones, and our dream ones.    We talk about how we use the space we have, and touch on issues around storage, decluttering, and the decisions and compromises that we all have to make when finding the space for our creative lives.  Also mentioned in this episode The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes  The Great Women Artists podcast   A useful shortcut to create Instagram hashtags Thread storage boxes Quilting cupboards

Apr 22

48 min 34 sec

Welcome to our podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Isobel and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. In this episode we talk about Time Management, how we stay organised, how we prioritise and how we get stuff done! We discuss "Eating the Frog" and how we decide what is or isn't important.  Mentioned in this episode are: Palimpsest Parade  Gabriel Lipper  Bullet Journals  Pomadoro method  Diane in Denmark  The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron  Mel Giedroyc Quilts  Channel 4 foreign language crime series 'Walter Presents'  Newlyn School of Art  Kombucha... with or without sloe gin!   Isobel's favourite kombucha  The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson

Apr 8

59 min 18 sec

Welcome to a new podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Isobel and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. Unfortunately, this week Gina has come down with shingles! As she's not feeling so good, we thought we'd do something different and rope in a guest presenter - namely, Izzy's husband Nick Moore, an author, poet and professional copywriter - to have a chat about writing.  As artists we communicate through the art - but we do occasionally need to string words and sentences together to communicate about our art, in our newsletters, blogs, and social media posts. Nick and Izzy talk about how we should approach our writing, and Nick gives some useful tips on making our written communication more effective. Mentioned in this episode: Mindful thoughts for cyclists  No More Can Fit into the Evening   Tansy Hargan sketching course  Jane Davies mini collage course  Art Juice - episode 112  Renegades: Born in the USA Native Hands   The oldest basket in the world The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson

Mar 25

43 min 59 sec

Welcome to a new podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Isobel and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. As it was through following each other's blogs that we first met, it seemed appropriate to take a closer look at our blogs and our blogging habits. We look back at our reasons for starting a blog and what we were writing then, compared with our reasons for continuing, and what we are writing now. We also discuss whether there's even still a place for blogs within how we communicate as artists, and talk about how we decide what's appropriate for sharing in a blog, compared to what we may or may not share on other social media platforms. Finally, we consider the sometimes tricky question of knowing when, how and if to say something, and when to keep schtum - something we don't always get right!  Also mentioned in this episode: Sky Portrait Artist of the Week  Artist Kayoon Anderson The Crafter's Companion  Izzy's upcoming Swirls course Izzy's new blog  Gina's new blog Fashion and Textile Museum blog  Automatic drawing  Nigel Slater's chard & feta tart recipe can be found in his book Kitchen Diaries II (p378) We'll leave you with this excellent quote from artist Anish Kapoor: "Art isn't always about having something to say, sometimes it's about doing something and seeing what happens" The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson

Mar 11

50 min 42 sec

Welcome to a new podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Isobel and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. In this episode, we catch up on what we've been up to and what's inspired us, then tackle the thorny issue of Art versus Craft. What's the difference? How do we define what's art? Is one better than the other? And ultimately, does it matter what we call it?  Mentioned in this episode: Alex Askaroff  Gabriel Lipper  Is there a difference between art and craft - TED talk by Laura Morelli  The Lives of the Artists by Georgio Vasari Tracey Emin's quilts Andy Goldsworthy  The Subversive Stitch by Rozsika Parker Grayson Perry  Woman at War  The Rebel  The Dig The Queen's Gambit  The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

Feb 25

49 min 8 sec

Welcome to a new podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles.  Izzy and Gina are both practising 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys.  In this our sixth episode we discuss sewing machines, ones we have owned as well as ones we currently use.  Sewing machines we mentioned: Singer  Frister Rossmann  Bernina  Janome  Husqvarnaviking  Pfaff   Izzy has created a handy checklist of sewing machine features she recommends you look for, if you are interested in machine embroidery. More details on her website.   Also mentioned in this episode:  Pet bereavement and pet loss   The Midnight Library by Matt Haig   Sewing machine extension tables   The 100 day project   Craftivism: Making a Difference  Portrait Artists of the year  The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

Feb 11

52 min 6 sec

Welcome to a new podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Izzy and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. In episode 5 we discuss outside validation and ask, do we need it, is it necessary and do we like it? Also mentioned are the following: Open a new window anywhere in the world Time tracking using Clockify The Pomodoro Technique for time management Art Tribe The Snow and the Works on the Northern Line by Ruth Thomas - read or listen Secrets of the Museum The music that Izzy used for her little viral video  Not very seasonal now, but Gina's mince pie recipe from her blog The podcast music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

Jan 28

56 min 28 sec

Welcome to a new podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Izzy and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. In 2020 we found all our teaching commitments cancelled and we both took our teaching online. In episode 4 we discuss the pros and cons of teaching in person vs teaching online. Links to our online teaching Izzy: www.isobelmoore.co.uk/courses Gina: www.coursecraft.net/u/ginaferrari We also mentioned: Editing software for video/audio Sloe gin recipe  Cut My plastic - Board or plastic cut to size Open University - free courses Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide to Happiness  Staged with David Tennant and Michael Sheen

Jan 14

55 min 56 sec

Welcome to a new podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Isobel and Gina 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. This episode is all about reflecting on the crazy year that was 2020, and looking ahead to 2021. Looking back, we discuss what went according to plan, what didn't, what went well, how life changed, and which changes we'd keep. Looking forward, we discuss whether it's even worth setting goals for the new year, what those goals may be, as well as some things we'd like to learn or explore further. We also talk about planning tools that we've used in the past and want to try in 2021.  Mentioned in this episode: Izzy's next online course Design Matters TV Moleskine Journals Do What You Love for Life Getting Things Done by David Allen("GTD") 43 Folders Art Juice podcast Seth Godin Bullet Journal Cambridge Open Studios The Way/Camino de Santiago  Fabric Love Other useful tools include Trello, which we both use to plan this podcast, and Dingbats Journals, which we're going to try out for our bullet journals. We'll report back this time next year to let you know how we get on! The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

Dec 2020

46 min 59 sec

Welcome to our new podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles, with your hosts Izzy Moore and Gina Ferrari. We are both practising 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys.  In this episode we talk about some of our favourite textile related books; those we find useful, interesting and inspiring as well as those we might like to own. You can find a list of all books mentioned, plus a few more of our favourites, below.  Gina's Choices:  Inspired to Stitch 21 Textile Artists, Diana Springall, (A & C Black); From Art to Stitch, Janet Edmonds, (Search Press); Alexander McQueen, Savage Beauty, Metropolitan Museum of Art, (Yale University Press). Izzy's Choices:  Mixed Media Inspirations by Beryl Taylor, (Interweave); Machine Embroidery: Stitch Techniques by Val Campbell Harding & Pam Watts, (Batsford); Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction by George Bain, (Constable). Other books that almost made the list: Mark Making in Textile Art, Helen Parrot, (Batsford); The Art of Embroidery, inspirational stitches, textures and surfaces, Francoise Tellier-Loumagne, (Thames & Hudson); Sketchbook Explorations for Mixed Media and Textile Artists Shelley Rhodes, (Batsford); The Found Object in Textile Art, Cas Holmes, (Batsford); Encyclopedia of Machine Embroidery, Val Holmes, (Batsford); World Textiles: A sourcebook, (British Museum Press). Other books mentioned in this episode:  WOW Book 6 - edited by Lynda Monk, (d4daisy Books Ltd); Traditional Dress: Knowledge and Methods of Old Time Clothings, Adolf Hungry Wolf, (Good Medicine Books); Papiers a la Mode, Isabelle de Borchgrave & Rita Brown, (Bellear Publishing London); Patch Work - A life among clothes, Claire Wilcox, (V & A publishing); The Christmas Chronicles, Nigel Slater, (4th Estate); Raw Drawing, Alessandro Bonaccorsi, (Batsford); The Practice: Shipping Creative Work, Seth Godin, (Penguin Books); Spoon-Fed: Why almost everything we’ve been told about food is wrong, Tim Spector, (Jonathan Cape) If you're interested in our online teaching, Gina's Free Machining Fun courses and Angelina Angels course are open until the end of December, and Izzy's Beautiful Baubles course is open until Christmas. We both have new courses in the pipeline, so please sign up for our newsletters to find out more! You can sign up to Gina's newsletter here, and Izzy's here.  The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at soundcloud.com/ikson.

Dec 2020

41 min 18 sec

Welcome to our new podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles, with your hosts Izzy Moore and Gina Ferrari.  We are both practising 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. In this episode we talk about how we started on our creative journeys, how we met, and whose idea it was to start a podcast! If you're interested in our online teaching, Gina's Free Machining Fun courses are open for you to join, and Izzy's Beautiful Baubles course is open until Christmas. We both have new courses in the pipeline, so please sign up for our newsletters to find out more! You can sign up to Gina's newsletter here, and Izzy's here.  There have been changes at Missenden Abbey where we both learned how to do machine embroidery by taking a level 1 City & Guilds but The Missenden School of Creative Arts still run a wide variety of arts and crafts courses as day classes, residential weekends and summer schools. And Thrive, the horticultural therapy charity that Izzy mentioned, is still...thriving!  The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

Nov 2020

26 min 30 sec

Welcome to a new podcast for all stitchers, embroiderers, textile artists and creative souls, where we have friendly informal conversations about what it actually means to be an artist working in textiles. Isobel and Gina are both practising 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 and hope that you will find inspiration and support for your own creative journeys. You can find all our links at www.isobelmoore.co.uk and www.ginaferrari-art.co.uk Music is Dear Autumn by Ikson: https://soundcloud.com/ikson 

Nov 2020

2 min 24 sec