EPISODE 37 :: Jess Schreibstein and Claire Moskal of Mild Woman - Friendship, First Sweaters and Valuing & Compensating Creative Work

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The Close Knit podcast aims to hold space for conversation about the ways we use fiber to process world and life events

In episode 37, I spoke to another very dynamic duo, Jess Schreibstein and Claire Moskal, who together created a knitting pattern company called Mild Woman. Jess and Claire have been on my radar for years now, with their modern and minimal knitting aesthetics, their very adorable friendship that involves knitting the same things and collaborating on incredible projects. They explain how their friendship came to be, and how they collaborated on Mild Woman. Jess and Claire get into the specifics of how they ran this project and talk about how important it is to value and properly compensate people (even your friends, ESPECIALLY your friends) for their creative output. Claire and Jess talk about their first knitting projects and their first sweaters and how they encourage each other with their creative practices. There are pictures of each of their first sweaters in the show notes for you to see, which I gotta say, are remarkably less embarrassing than my own first projects, which I think speaks to their aesthetics and their creative abilities. 

Claire's First Sweater:                                                            Jess's first sweater: Michele Wang's Bedford

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Amanda Faulkner        Jaclyn Rogerson     Charlotte Helen     Natasha Celm     AC Carter      Alison See  Lyle Mills          Jess Daniels    Sarah Belcher   Cath Derksema        Anna Martinez       Jen Deery      Candice Hiles      Lauren Champs      Alicia Levine     Sandra Blue    Morgan Capestrain      Justice McNeil       Natalie Sweeney    Emily Tan   James Davis     Brittany Hoffman     Rachel Beckman    leah  pinault

 pic by @nate.gregorio

pic by @nate.gregorio

People/ Things we mentioned in the podcast:

  • Fiberspace - Claire's former LYS in Alexandria Virginia
  • Stitch Sew Shop - another great shop in Alexandria
  • Elizabeth Suzann - A brand all of us love aesthetically and business model-wise
  • Wiksten - Jenny Gordy: the way her brand runs, again, aesthetics and timing. 
  • Netflix Documentary - Wild Wild Country

Find Claire: instagram  | Ravelry 

Find Jess: instagram  | Ravelry 

Find Mild Woman: Ravelrywebsite, and Instagram

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xx

ani

EPISODE 36 :: Lily Schlosser and James Davis - Weaving Family History, Making Friends with Anxiety & Practicing Gratitude

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The Close Knit podcast aims to hold space for conversation about the ways we use fiber to process world and life events

This week I spoke to a couple of people who inspire me so much. aaaaand spoiler also inspire each other because they’re MARRIED. These people are - Lily Schlosser of Eli and Barry and James Davis of Engaged Weaving. You won’t believe it, but I didn’t know that the two of them had anything to do with each other, I was separately following each of them, and just about died when I found out how they were related. In this open and vulnerable chat, James and Lily talk about how important fibre arts and the fibre arts community have been for them in processing their life events and supporting their mental health. James opens up about how his weaving practice has been a vehicle for processing and healing from grief and loss and Lily discusses her journey with anxiety and how supportive her practice of clothes making has been and how sharing her struggles with anxiety openly has given her a new and fuller way of connecting with her audience. There’s so much in this chat - so many ways that Lily and James show up to vulnerability wholeheartedly, and I am incredibly grateful that they were willing to share in this way. 

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(above) james' work (below) clothing lily designs and creates for eli and barry 

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The Close Knit Podcast is supported by the following people (& more!) through Patreon. If you'd like to support the podcast and get access to sneak peeks + additional content for patrons-only, please check out patreon! 

Amanda Faulkner        Jaclyn Rogerson     Charlotte Helen     Natasha Celm     AC Carter      Alison See  Lyle Mills          Jess Daniels    Sarah Belcher   Cath Derksema        Anna Martinez       Jen Deery      Candice Hiles      Lauren Champs      Alicia Levine     Sandra Blue    Morgan Capestrain      Justice McNeil       Natalie Sweeney    Emily Tan   James Davis     Brittany Hoffman     Rachel Beckman    leah  pinault

 

People/ Things we mentioned in the podcast:

  • Sarah Neubert: James' weaving teacher and to be honest about what's going on in his life 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Hannah Gadsby and her show Nanette, how we process trauma and how we collectively hold trauma (or we do not)  
  • Lily is making a Cline sweater 
  • Fiber Camp - Lily and James are going to Small Acre Farm for fiber camp in Fort Collins CO 
  • Guilds are an amazing resource - find your local one! some of them have grants to give you! 
  • Natalie Novak: Combed Thunder 
  • James wrote a submission for Roving Magazine - EDIT: James got in!! Here is his writing
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Find Lily: instagram  | website 

Find James: instagram  

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xx

ani

PATREON RELEASE CELEBRATION :: A Giveaway Hosted by 323 Clothing

Hey! I did a thing - a thing I've been umming and ahhing about for literal years, and I'm excited to say that I finally did it.

I launched a Patreon for the Close Knit Podcast!  There has already been a tremendous outpouring of support from folks in the podcast-listening community, and I am so incredibly grateful for that! 

 you get one of these shirts! can confirm, deliciously comfortable and maximum boobie, nipply delights 

you get one of these shirts! can confirm, deliciously comfortable and maximum boobie, nipply delights 

To celebrate this remarkably vulnerable act, I'm teaming up with the lovely Jill of 323 Clothing to bring you a ~delish~ giveaway, valued at over $175USD of CA and USA made clothing and homegoods with these bangin' infinite boob designs on them (a sweater, towel, handtowel, shirt, cute little enamel pin & stickers!) . 323 Clothing is LA based and they donate 3% of all online sales to the Downtown Women's Center in LA. You can check out all of their beautiful offerings here, which range from lovely hand-dyed bodysuits and dresses, to totes and lush bath towels! 

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images above courtesy of 323 clothing

Sound like a pretty sweet lil treat? I'm super excited about it.

Here's how to enter :

1. Subscribe to the Close Knit Newsletter :

2. Leave a Comment on this Patreon Post with your name and instagram handle, and a little note about why you like the podcast :) 

WANT AN ADDITIONAL ENTRY?

Share the Close Knit Patreon on your Facebook and Tag @Close Knit in it so that I can see that you've done it! 

Already a Close Knit Newsletter Subscriber, but still want to enter? Yay! Please just do step 2 from above (leave a comment on the Patreon Post) 

That's it! That's all there is to it. Giveaway is open internationally* and closes on March 11th 2018 at 11:59PM, PST. I'll pick a winner at random and send out the goodies as soon as I can make it to the post office! 

*if postage cost is over $20USD, I'll send ya a paypal invoice to split the rest, which hopefully isn't much! xx

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EPISODE 35 :: Tal Fitzpatrick - Creativity's Role In Community Resilience & Viewing Craftivism through a Constructive and Hopeful Lens

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The Close Knit podcast aims to hold space for conversation to be had about the ways we use fiber to process world and life events

Just a quick note to say thank you so much to those who have pledged on the close knit patreon so far, your support means so much to me, and will mean a better quality podcast that I can sustainably produce long-term. For those of you who are unfamiliar with patreon, it’s similar to the way that community radio gets funding- it’s a way to give me as little as $1/month to say thanks. Your pledges also give you access to content I’ll be creating just for patrons and sneak peeks at content I’m creating. If you’d like to support the podcast through patreon, you can do so here! 

 photo courtesy of Fairfax Media from Tal 

photo courtesy of Fairfax Media from Tal 

This week I spoke to Tal Fitzpatrick, a textile artist working primarily in appliqué quilting. Tal’s story is one that I’m so excited to share, as she found textile and fibre art later in life than many guests I’ve spoken to on the podcast, (though you’ll learn she has a family history of pretty amazing fibre art) Tal explains how working in natural disaster community resilience projects eventually led her to pursing her PhD and how she looks at Crafitvism in her active, participatory research. Tal has been working on a number of incredible, large-scale social engaged craftivism projects in addition to her PhD, and she talks us through her research on craftivism,  her working definition, and how she sees craftivism as a mode of DIY citizenship. This conversation with Tal was one that had me reeling for days after  - I was trying to explain the conversation to other people in my life, family members and friends, how everything Tal mentioned just resonated so deeply for me. I can’t wait to hear what the podcast community thinks of this episode! 

 photo provided by Tal Fitzpatrick

photo provided by Tal Fitzpatrick

People/ Things we mentioned in the podcast:

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages. 
  • Edit to our convo about gay marriage: Australia was the 26th country to legalise same sex marriage!
  • Tal and Stephanie's UDHR quilt project: http://talfitzpatrick.com/udhr-craftivism-project #UDHRquilt
  • CRAFTIVIST MANIFESTO Tal's Craftivism Manifesto will be available as a free download online on the 9th of March here.  && a shout out to Betsy Greer and Sayraphim Lothian whose work Tal drew on when writing her definition of craftivism.

  • Male textile artists that inspire Tal: Ben Venom and Lucas Gorgan

  • Artists in Tal's family: Dawn Fitzpatrick (My paternal grandmother) Her book: Dawn Fitzpatrick “Folk Art Applique Quilts” (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1990). Sofia Fitzpatrick @toffyfitz @skullsbysofiafitzpatrick          

  • Tal's supervisor (and baddass artist and feminist) Kate Just @Katejustknits

  • Tal's friend the amazing textile artist : Hannah Gartside @hannahgartside (Australia)

  • Craftivist project to follow/support: Social Justice Sewing Academy - @sjsacademy www.sjsacademy.com   

  • UDHR artists to look out for:

    • Stephanie Dunlap @eliminatembroidery (USA)
  • Janine Heschl @textile_wildlife_art (Austria)
  • Helen Fraser @Helenfraserartist (Australia)
  • Bolivia Vega @lechienbinair (Venezuela)
  • Willemien De Villers @willemien_de_villiers (south Africa)
  • Karin Ruut @kerart (finland/Estonia/UK)  
  • Alicia Lyes @Craftle_grayskull  (USA)

Find Tal: instagram  | website | 

FIND TAL IRL: 

TAL'S PHD EXHIBITION:

            CRAFTIVISM HQ,  GALLERY: KINGS ARI DATE: 7-10 March 2018,  WED-SAT, 12-6PM

ADDRESS: LEVEL 1, 171 KING STREET, MELBOURNE 3000

WWW.KINGSARTISTRUN.ORG.AU

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ani

Minisode - EP 34 Continued :: Friendship Chats with Sam Ives and Abbey Rich

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there's no Sam in this pic because she was taking it <3 

The Close Knit podcast aims to hold space for conversation to be had about the ways we use fibre to process events in our lives and in the world. 

This episode (minisode kind of, though it's still like 40 min long so not that mini?) is a little different. 

If you have not, first listen to episode 34 (part 1) to get to know Abbey and Sam and then come back and listen to this chat, which is the second half of my floor sitting Hobart conversation with Abbey and Sam from last year. 

We talk about 

+ internet friendships, how we met each other and became friends + how we navigate internet personas and IRL personas (spoiler we dont have any boundaries between them, and we all have a lot of feelings) 

+ sam tells us about her first business making t-shirts as a 16 year old 

+ we have a pee break (which I edited out because it got too weird to share on the internet) 

+ Australianisms vs Americanisms - how our voices have changed over time (Sam and Ani are American and lived or are living in Aus) 

+ Our embarrassing nicknames from different points in our lives 

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sam's tattoo on abbey

 abbey's tattoo on ani (given the day before this chat)&nbsp;

abbey's tattoo on ani (given the day before this chat) 

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abbey's tattoo on sam 

Find Abbey: instagram  | website

Find Sam: instagram | website

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xx

ani