I’ve been obsessed with radio and podcasts for a long time.
I listen to them constantly: while I’m sewing, while I’m editing photos, while I’m cooking. I listen to all kinds: storytelling podcasts, news shows, business advice, those shows where a couple of funny people sit around and drink beer with mics in front of them.
I’ve also enjoyed some crafty shows from time to time, including Abby’s While She Naps and of course Christine’s Thread Cult. I’ve always wanted to do one, but never quite had a clear vision of what it would be like. That is, until we’d been working on Seamwork for a while.
As I talked to more and more women, I kept hearing these amazing stories: designers struggling to produce american-made clothing; sewists learning to cope with huge life changes; women finding peace with their bodies through making clothes.
Somewhere along the line, I realized that these stories could be shared in a different way, a way that would help connect people. Audio is such a powerful and emotionally resonant medium. I think it can bring a much more personal and human perspective than even the written word. I can tell you that I feel much closer to the people I’ve interviewed just by hearing their stories, in their own words.
In the first few months, you’ll hear from some other indie pattern designers about how and why they started their businesses. You’ll hear from sewists about the ways sewing has changed their lives and helped them overcome some pretty difficult hardships. You’ll even hear from people in the apparel industry about what it’s like to be a small designer these days and to actually produce clothing.
In other words, the focus is more human stories than on the how-to or the businessy side, although a bit of that will be mixed in. I like to talk about the things that are hard to talk about: Money. Feelings. Family. Our bodies.
When and Where
Seamwork radio will be starting up in 1-2 weeks (there’s some uncertainty due to the way iTunes works, so stay tuned).
The shows will be every other week for now, because I am doing it all myself: writing, recording, editing, all of it. It’s been an overwhelming challenge, but I’m really looking forward to putting out the first few episodes, however wonky they might be.
You’ll be able to subscribe to the show on iTunes or your app of choice. I’ll also be posting the audio here on the blog, and we’ll set up a page with all the episodes and show notes over on the Seamwork site.
Share your story!
Finally, if you have an interesting story from your own life related to clothing, sewing, or anything related, I’d love to hear from you! To submit your idea, I ask that you record a short pitch (you can use the voice memo app on your phone or something similar on your computer) and submit the file to us here.
Or, if you have an idea of someone I should talk to, feel free to leave a comment here with your idea! I’ve talked to some wonderful people so far, and have a growing list of other folks to talk to. I’d love to hear your thoughts.