To be authentic on Instagram isn’t really something that we hear very often. Instead, we’re being told to be cautious about the perfected facade that is portrayed on influencer’s accounts. This makes today’s podcast episode with Sara Tasker from @me_and_orla especially captivating.
This week’s chat with Veronika from @kutovakika, will get you more grounded than ever. We talk about her journey as an instagrammer and creative photographer. But we especially highlight the internal processes that happens when you aim to lead a creative life. Firstly, you’ll probably ask yourself: how to find your creative identity?
In this episode we get behind the scenes of the new British series “The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts”. We interview Niamh Wimperis, who isn’t just the only one in the world with her name, but is also the embroidery representative on the show. It’s a wonderful British series on BBCTWO that honors the Victorian Arts and Crafts movement.
In this week’s episode of the Charles and Elin podcast we had the chance to talk with embroidery artist Jessica Long. For her, embroidery and yoga practise are closely intertwined. Especially with regards to meditation, where she states that she doesn’t think there is just one kind of meditation.
For Polina Laamanen @polalab, experimentation of different techniques is at the heart of how to find your own style. For as long as she can remember she has been trying all kinds of crafts, whether … Read more
In this week’s podcast episode, we chatted with UK based embroidery artist Emillie Ferris about her journey navigating in the arts and Instagram space. When she first began to share her work on Instagram in 2013, there weren’t many other embroidery artists to take advice from. Thus she has had to go through trial and error and faithful Google researches to figure out how to improve. To continuously do research to better understand everything from pricing to reaching new audiences online, is essential. Especially today when there is more competition in the space than ever before. “When I first began to share my work, the embroidery hashtag had just a few hundred posts. But now it has several millions…”, says Emillie.
Little did Emily know that her life would drastically change within a couple of months from picking up her first needle. In February 2018 she decided to learn embroidery as a self-care project and to create an authentic portfolio for art school. To document her journey she decided to start an Instagram account called @salt_stitches. Today she works as a full-time embroidery artist from her home just outside of Manchester, UK. It all went so fast that she sees no limit as to how far her creative pursuit can take her.
Dani Ives known as @begoodnatured on Instagram, has certainly gone through an unexpected career shift. Growing up she was always interested in science, which led her to biology and conservation studies. Some years later, while working as a conservation educator at a zoo, she began to feel the urge to create come back. She had always been “artsy” but never nurtured her artistic tendencies. But when a friend recommended her to try out needlefelting something happened… She just couldn’t stop!
“There is something completely addictive with needlefelting”, she says in the interview. From the first day, a whole new world of needlefelting opened up, and she is now able to nurture both her creativity and love for animals and conservation using the same medium.
Nicole Tweena smiles when I asked her how she got started with crafting.
“I don’t really know, crafting is just something that I’ve always done and always loved. I had a lot of women around me making things as I was growing up so it became second nature”.
As she grew up and got assigned embroidery and sewing projects in school she began to realise that not everyone was “making things”. Ever since her realisation she has always felt incredibly privileged to have a creative and mindful activity at hand. It also planted a seed inside that would later bloom into a flourishing online business.
For Danielle Clough (@fiance_knowles), motivation is the most important element to excel and succeed in your art. Inspiration on the other hand, is an exhausted word that primarily puts a great deal of pressure on artists worldwide. Her straightforwardness when she told me about her scepticisim to the word inspiration was incredibly refreshing. It makes so much sense. We are expected to be inspired all the time and when we’re not, we feel stressed and pressured to dig for that inspiration. But where, and how?