Crafty Planner Podcast

A podcast about crafting and the creative process.

Laura McDowell Hopper {Episode #121}

One of the aspects I love about hosting the podcast is the ability it gives me to explore topics of interest. Having spent hours working on a quilt, thinking about the connection we have to makers in the past and making individual decisions about the quilt, one aspect I haven't considered is what happens to the quilt in the long term. Bombarded with consumerist ideas, it seems like an endless cycle of making the latest and newest thing. But who decides what we preserve of this time in quilting history? What will be remembered and by whom? I tackle this topic a bit with Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi and Bill Volckening. Eager to explore the topic more extensively, I'm starting a podcast mini series about the preservation of quilts and the role of quilting making in history.

My first is Laura McDowell Hopper. Laura lives in Chicago and is a quilter, teacher, textile preservation specialist and curator at the James B and Rosalyn L Pick Museum of Anthropology. I met Laura at Quilt Con earlier this year and appreciated the opportunity to hear her insightful connection to textiles. We share a love for music and both enjoy exploring the idea of craft and art. During our conversation, we talk about the Pick Museum's upcoming Quilts and Human Rights exhibit as well as why she feels quilt making is a feminist act. I also make a hilarious mistake in the episode. It's a fun conversation and I hope you enjoy it.

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com.

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Karen Lewis of Blueberry Park {Episode #115}

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, quilting, makers, fiber arts, surface design

The first in my three part series on surface design is Karen Lewis. Living in Leeds, England, Karen Lewis is a quilter, screen printer, teacher, fabric designer for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, wife and mother. During our conversation, we talk about how she designs her screen prints, the biggest unfounded fear about screen printing, the importance of handmade products and following her passion led to her fabric lines. I hope you enjoy the episode. 

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website
 
Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.
 
Special thanks to Dharma Trading Company for sponsoring this episode. Dharma has all of your fabric printing, painting and dyeing bases covered. Serving the fiber artist community since 1969 with great prices and the best customer support in the industry, Dharma Trading is your source for textile art supplies. You can find them online at dharmatrading.com or call toll free at 800-542-5227. Podcast Listeners can save 10% off their order with promo code Dharma10
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Dr Carolyn Mazloomi {Episode #114}

Posted by craftyplanner in sewing, quilting, diversity, community, makers, fiber arts

Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi is a quilt historian, curator, author, lecturer, artist, wife and mother. She also founded the African American Quilt Guild of Los Angeles and the Women of Color Quilters Network. Passionate about educating the public about African American quilts, Carolyn has curated 17 exhibits including the largest travel exhibit of African American quilts called "Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations" along with having her own quilts in over 70 exhibits. She was named the National Heritage Fellow by the National Endownment for the Arts in 2014 and the Distinguished Scholar and celebrated artist lifetime acheivement award by Faith Ringgold's Anyone Can Fly Foundation. She was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame Museum in 2016. During our conversation, we talk about what she considers to be her greatest achievement, dispelling the myth of what an African American quilt might look like, why quilts are her passion, the line between inspiration and appropriation along with art being reflective of a community's social, political and cultural current. As a warning, there are a few explicit words. 

Podcast Music by Mekanism Sound

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website. 
 
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Jennifer Moore of Monaluna {Quilty Box April Edition}

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, makers, fiber arts, quilty box

Today's guest is Jennifer Moore of Monaluna. Living in Walnut Creek, California, Jennifer is a designer, textile artist, wife and mother. During our discussion, we talk about her design process, the importance of developing an organic fabric line, what she included in her Quilty Box and more. I hope you love our fun conversation. 

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com.

Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.

Special thanks to Quilty Box  for sponsoring this episode.

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Jen Hewett {Episode #105}

Today's podcast guest is Jen Hewett. Living in San Francisco, Jen is a printmaker, surface designer, textile artist, teacher and mother to Gus, her adorable dog. During our discussion, we talk about her personal challenges such as Print, Pattern, Sew along with her 52 Weeks of Printmaking. We delve into the importance of self confidence while making, the sensitivity to nuance created when in between "worlds", how anxiety can shape creative work, and more. I hope you enjoy our conversation.

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website
 
Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.
 
Special thanks to Hunter's Design Studio for sponsoring this episode (and check out her latest quilt pattern: a tribute to Carrie Fisher and General Organa with proceeds going to ChickTech)
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Nichole Vogelsinger of Wild Boho / Mighty Lucky October Edition

Posted by craftyplanner in makers, mighty lucky, fiber arts

As part of my series on the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club, today's guest is Nichole Vogelsinger of Wild Boho. Living in Pennsylvania, Nichole is a pattern designer, author, wife and mother. For this month, she is teaching us how to create your own embroidery pattern!  During our podcast, we talk about her challenge, including two different ways to make the pattern, along with her tools and techniques for making hoop art. I hope you enjoy the episode. 

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Kaari Meng of French General / Quilty Box September Edition

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, quilting, fiber arts, quilty box

Today's podcast guest is Kaari Meng. Living in Los Angeles, California, Kaari is the owner of French General, author of six craft books, creative retreat organizer, wife and mother. During our podcast, we talk about her love for French design, her pursuit of things that make her happy and what she has included in her Quilty Box. I hope you enjoy this inspiring episode


Special thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring this episode.
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Vickie Howell / Episode 60

Posted by craftyplanner in community, makers, fiber arts

Today's podcast guest is Vickie Howell. Living in Austin, Texas, Vickie is a fiber artist, teacher, tv host, author, wife, and mother. As the host of Knitty Gritty, she helped me see fiber art as a craft for a younger generation while encouraging me to explore color. During our podcast, we talk about her definition of success, internet jealousy, her thoughts of art versus craft and how she wants to give people permission to see positivity.  I hope you enjoy the episode. 


This episode is sponsored by Creativebug. 

You can find the show notes can be found on my website: craftyplanner.com/podcast 

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Brandon Mably / Episode 55

Today's podcast guest is Brandon Mably of Kaffe Fassett Studio. Living in London, England, Brandon is a knitwear designer for Rowan Yarns and Vogue Knitting. He also designs fabric for the Kaffe Fassett Collective. During our podcast, we talk about his instinctive use of color, how he never stops learning and his positive and inspiring perspective on life.

This episode is sponsored by Creativebug and Fat Quarter Shop. 

You can hear the show notes at craftyplanner.com/podcast.

*Please note that the previous version omitted ten minutes at the end of the interview. This is the latest version. Thank you!*

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Valori Wells / Episode 54

Today's podcast guest is Valori Wells. Living in Sisters, Oregon, Valori is a fabric and pattern designer along with the daughter of Jean Wells. During our podcast, Valori talks about the day to day life of a fabric designer, working with her mother, the challenges of living in the moment when you are self employed and how traveling has changed her perspective. 

*This episode has been labeled explicit due to language.*


This episode is sponsored by Creativebug and Fat Quarter Shop. 

You can find the show notes at craftyplanner.com/podcast.

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London Kaye / Episode 53

Posted by craftyplanner in makers, fiber arts

Today's podcast guest is London Kaye. She is a New York based street artist and yarn bomber. During our podcast, London and I talk about how she went from a full dance scholarship at New York University to a street artist/yarn bomber, the story behind her past projects and the passion she brings to her work. 


Music by Mekanism Sound. 


This episode is sponsored by Creativebug

You can find the show notes on my website: (craftyplanner.com/podcast).

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