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Craft podcasts to keep you company in isolation

From creative inspiration in solitude to tips on selling your work online

Podcasts are the perfect solitary activity and, fortunately, the last decade or so has seen a boom in the world of audio journalism. Crafts magazine has selected a range of craft-related podcasts – some more loosely related than others – to inspire and inform you and help you while away the time. We'll be updating this list over the coming weeks, so please come back for more ideas and send us yours by emailing editorial@craftscouncil.org.uk.

Culture Call

After social isolation, the main question on most of our minds is how our work and livelihoods will continue in the coronavirus era. In this episode, Culture in the time of coronavirus, the FT’s culture podcast discusses how the arts landscape might change, with travel, live events and experiences on hold for the foreseeable future.

Etsy Success

Working from home doesn’t need to mean a standstill to selling your craft. For the many makers who already sell their work online and the others who will feel the need to start, this podcast by online platform Etsy offers tips on how to improve your creative business.

Material Matters with Grant Gibson

Material Matters with Grant Gibson

Crafts magazine’s former editor has moved from print to audio just in time to stack up a healthy back catalogue of interviews with makers to entertain us all in solitude. Big names such as Simone ten Hompel, Eleanor Lakelin, Junko Mori and Edmund de Waal discuss materials and how they work with them.

99% Invisible

A podcast about the thought that goes into the unnoticed design and architecture that shapes our world. Recent episodes include clever hacks for cyclists, building architecture for your cat and the history of cardboard boxes as playthings.

The Modern Maker Podcast

The hosts of this podcast chat about materials – Wood, concrete, leather – as well as making things by hand and what it’s like to be a maker today. They focus on specific projects, as well as addressing questions like 'is hemp wood any good?'

The Minimalists

A show about living ‘meaningful lives with less’, this podcast often has a crafty bent, including an episode about storing and displaying collectibles, how to focus, creativity and balancing professional and personal life. Its insights into decluttering, interior design and slowing down might also be welcome while spending time at home.

On Design

Seek inspiration in design consultant Justyna Green’s conversations with a range of fascinating figures in the world of art and design, from artist and ceramicist John Booth, to artist and designer Camille Walala, to designer Yinka Ilori. 

The Craft Room

Host Dawn Lewis discusses all manner of making, including card-making, quilting, crochet, stamping, painting, embroidery. Episodes include crafting in a crisis and getting the best out of craft retreats. 

Desert Island Discs

The entire back catalogue of episodes of this eternally popular radio show is available to listen to via the BBC. Artists such as Lubaina Himid, Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst are among those telling the story of their lives through the music they would take with them to a desert island.

Thread Cult

Journalist and sewing blogger Christine Cyr Clisset interviews crafters doing textiles, sewing and fashion – including independent pattern and textile designers to couture experts and curators.

This American Life

This series from the pioneer of the podcast genre brings you a weekly range of stories, journalism and interviews set around a theme. Martha, My Dear, author David Rakoff’s ode to the crafts department at Martha Stewart Living magazine, and Life in a Bubble, a glimpse into artistic rivalries in the world of animal balloon-making, are some crafty snippets to get you started on its archive.

Nancy

The Case of the Cutoffs, which charts the history of a pair of cut-off jeans, and Dress of Choice, which dives into the world of children who do drag, are a couple of the craft-related episodes on this podcast about the queer experience today.

StartUp

Created by podcast maker Gimlet, StartUp is a series about entrepreneurial life. An episode you might enjoy is Alex Talks to Fashion Icon Dapper Dan, an interview with the Harlem-born fashion designer and haberdasher, who made a name for himself in the 1980s by creating unique leather designs covered in counterfeit logos from brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton, and eventually made it to the top of the industry.

Dear Handmade Life

A bi-weekly podcast by US-based illustrator and maker Nicole Stevenson features interviews, stories and practical advice about creativity and building a life and business ‘filled with intention and purpose’.

Crafts magazine and the Crafts Council are trying their best to support you through this difficult time. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing content online to keep you inspired and entertained, as well as advice on how to continue your craft business during this period of isolation. In the meantime, browse our list of craft books to help beat your isolation boredom

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