I don’t know if it’s a sign of craziness or creativity, but I’m always looking for more – more things to watch, to listen to, to inspire me. Just more. So whether I’m at home sewing or on the road, you will often find me listening to podcasts. They are great break from the news or those awful radio commercials and I always end up feeling like I’ve learned something and am inspired to take on the day. There are so many different podcasts out there, created by people from around the world. They are a great source of information and inspiration that you won't be able to find in mainstream news.
CRAFT-ish is hosted by Vickie Howell, a knitwear designer and major player in the online crafting community since its inception. She interviews a variety of crafters and creatives about what inspires them, the nature of working in the craft/design/art field and creative life in general. I’ve loved every episode, even when the interview is with someone in a very different field. (BTW, the latest episode is with Kat Coyle, the designer of the pussyhat and owner of my LYS. I had the pleasure of spending time in her delightful shop last month and I was so delighted by the success of pussyhat project. If you’re in the LA area, you should definitely check out her shop.)
I love the Crafty Planner podcast for its thoughtful and probing interviews. While the episode focus on crafting (especially quilt making), I really appreciate that the host Sandy Hazelwood dives into topics of race and gender. It’s fascinating to hear about different people’s creative journeys and not just skim the surface on how they got there.
I might be a little biased because I was interviewed for an episode of Maker Style last Fall but it really has become one of my favorite podcasts. The host Rachel Felix focuses topics related garment sewing and I feel like I learn something from each one. Each episode is a satisfyingly short 30 minutes, perfect for a short commute day.
You Must Remember This is an hour-long podcast about old Hollywood history. Each episode is about a different Hollywood star and each one is fascinating and fun to listen to. The host Karina Longworth has a very calming and steady voice, perfect for telling the stories of triumph and tragedy. If you have any interest in old movies (or celebrity gossip), then you’ll love this podcast.
This is a really fun and insightful podcast that looks into the making of a song. Each episode features a different musician talking about one of their songs. They might talk about the inspiration or the writing and recording process. It’s always interesting to get a little behind the scenes peek at what goes into making a song. I also love learning about different kinds of creative people and how their creative process works.
So now tell me, what are your favorite podcasts?