FIBRE Art PODCAST

Stitch Safari

Australian Textile Artist, Cathy Jack Coupland hosts this brand-new fortnightly safari-inspired podcast, journeying into the beguiling world of stitch, sewing, and embroidery, with insights into its history, use, and innovations. Join this unique expedition and thread your way into the amazing and irresistible world of needle and thread.

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Writing a Podcast

Writing a Podcast

What on earth drove me to create this podcast? Passion, pure and simple.  I've always enjoyed stitching, and I find history utterly fascinating - I simply married the two together, so the entire ethos for the Stitch Safari podcasts will always revolve around history...

Book Review:  The Subversive Stitch

Book Review: The Subversive Stitch

Waxing lyrical about books is sort of my thing.  I love books, so when a book actually takes me on a journey or makes me think - that's special. And that's what Subversive Stitch by Rozsika Parker did for me.  To date, my interest in Feminism has been minimal. ...

String & Cloth

String & Cloth

Cloth - that much used and overlooked everyday item we wear, sit upon, walk on or sleep between.  It's simply there in our ready-made shirts, dresses, bespoke suits and household textiles, but how did cloth-making, come about?  It's a story spanning eons. And it all...

Book Review: Guo Pei – Couture Beyond

Book Review: Guo Pei – Couture Beyond

Guo Pei, the first Chinese designer invited to join the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture combines tradition, history and mythology producing unconventional and otherworldly designs – a reflection of her oeuvre.  With a reverence for China’s imperial past and beauty, her aspiration is to bring that heritage into a reflection of today’s modern fashion currency.  

The Wearable Cloth

The Wearable Cloth

Cloth envelops us from morning to night; we slumber between it, we use it to make our homes more comfortable and appealing, and according to statistics, a large percentage of people worldwide, work with it in the textile industry.

Book Review: The Golden Thread

Book Review: The Golden Thread

The Golden Thread, How Fabric Changed History, written by Kassia St Clair, Published by John Murray Publishers, 2018. This is the sort of book I would read again and again.  It’s an easy read, and extremely informative.  Filled with craftily woven stories that bring...

Through The Eye of The Needle

Through The Eye of The Needle

'Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.'  John F. Kennedy We know prehistoric man gave rise to the development of a simple implement that was truly life-changing and of world-wide significance.  Something small, easily transportable, but a tool that...

The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
This beautiful video highlights the importance and necessity of embroidery to an ethnic group with no written language. The Miao people of China, use embroidery to tell and re-tell their history and culture. Miao women are now forming groups or communities to sell their stunning work, helping to bring in much needed income. Just look at those beautiful silken colours.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt8nJqgXLDg
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Miao Embroidery: The color of embroidery in the new era
Originated from totem worship, Miao Embroidery is a traditional embroidery art handed down from generation to generation. It is characterized by unique techn...
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
Just look at this delightful scene. A padded silk panel, with so much energy and storytelling. There's very little history on this panel, apart from the fact it's from the Meiji-era Japan (after 1868) but it seems to express 'a day in the life of a village'. Perhaps they're preparing for a celebration as everyone seems so focussed and busy, or perhaps it's just a normal day. Nonetheless, it's a charming work. Embroidery has such power, and one is definitely its narrative ability, as well as recording and acknowledging the past.
Image credit: By Unknown artist - Khalili Foundation, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=89383692
#thestitchsafaripodcast #stitch #silk #naturalfibres #cloth #needlework #embroidery #needlework #thread #cloth
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
Here's a chance to see the exquisite technique of Peking Embroidery from Beijing, China. It's a traditional handicraft with its own character, previously reserved for royalty. It's regal and luxurious with implied meanings and positive messages hidden within each beautifully coloured pattern.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMpVZyPDMMc&t=8s
Also watch out for how the design is transferred onto the fabric to be embroidered.
Episode 5 of the Stitch Safari Podcast - Silk: The Shimmering Mist, available to download and listen to now.
#thestitchsafaripodcast #needlework #embroidery #stitch #silk #naturalfibres #cloth #history #tradition #needleart
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Peking Embroidery Beijing China
New fashion video right our of Asia. She learnt from Shen Congwen how to Embroider. Tells the history of Peking Embroidery and the different Chinese Traditio...
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
Silk's tactile quality, that feel of opulence and luxury, truly sets it apart. But this natural fibre also has the ability to take dyes extremely well, producing richly exotic colour palettes.
Listen to my latest Podcast, Silk: The Shimmering Mist to learn more about silk and agriculture.
Just luxuriate in the beauty of silk.
Image Attribution: By © Moheen Reeyad, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64666772
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The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
Silk, an amazingly beautiful, luxurious natural fibre. Its history alone is fascinating and well worth further exploration. Enjoy this episode - Silk: The Shimmering Mist.
#thestitchsafaripodcast #silk #naturalfibres #fibres #thread #sericulture #cloth #needles #embroidery #needlework #stitch #cloth #fabric
The Stitch Safari Podcast
The Stitch Safari Podcast
So, what's coming this Friday on The Stitch Safari Podcast? Silk: The Shimmering Mist. This luxurious, ancient, natural fibre is known for its lustrous beauty and whether used for weaving or embroidery, radiates a lavish opulence.
Here's a video Silk: The Story of India's Magic Fabric, courtesy of SilkMark, which comes in two parts, showing the entire process of sericulture, but also the different varieties of silk used in weaving as well as talking about the people who depend on this industry in India.
Enjoy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRIGxJGXBdM
#silk #thestitchsafaripodcast #thread #fabric #cloth #textiles #weaving #needles #fibre #yarn #embroidery #needlework #stitch
The Stitch Safari Podcast