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  • 35. Lesley Wood - Positive with the Negative [NX035]

    34:37
    In this episode of NeedleXChange I interview Lesley Wood.Lesley is a British mixed media textile artist whose work connects the personal past with an unknown future.In this first part of our NeedleXChange we explore how Lesley came to embroidery after a teaching career and quickly discovered her voice. Come back next week for the second part where we deep dive into some of her award winning art.Timestamps: 00:00:00 - Intro00:02:00 - Studying Fine Art and Starting as a Painter00:11:28 - Balancing Teaching and Artistic Practice00:16:00 - Creating Embroidered Slides00:20:30 - Teaching Art and Inspiring Students00:26:00 - Importance of Mind Mapping and Journaling00:33:00 - Exploring Different Techniques and MediumsLinks:Website: lesleywoodtextileart.wordpress.comInstagram: l.wood100/If you enjoy Lesley's work, you should listen to the NeedleXChange with Sally Wilson.About NeedleXChange:NeedleXChange is a conversation podcast with embroidery and textile artists, exploring their process and practice.Hosted by Jamie "Mr X Stitch" Chalmers, it is an in-depth showcase of the best needlework artists on the planet.Visit the NeedleXChange website: https://www.needl.exchange/Sign up for the NeedleXChange Newsletter here: https://bit.ly/NeedleXChangeIf you want embroidery inspiration and regular doses of textile art, visit the Mr X Stitch site here: https://www.mrxstitch.comIf you're looking for modern cross stitch designs, then XStitch is the magazine you need!Subscribe to XStitch Magazine here: https://xstitchmag.com/modern-cross-stitch-magazine/And follow Mr X Stitch on all the usual social media channels!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MrXStitchTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/MrXStitchInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/MrXStitchPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mrxstitch/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrjamiechalmers

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  • 34. Orly Cogan - Modern Fictions Part 2 [NX034]

    48:52
    In this episode of NeedleXChange I interview Orly Cogan..Orly Cogan is a New York-based textile artist whose embroidered fabrics contain other-worldly images of modern concepts with a dream-like twist.In this second part of our NeedleXChange we discover Orly's creative process, how she explores power dynamics in her work, as well as her favourite music/podcasts/books and a heartfelt interesting fact.Come back next week an interview with a new artist and if you enjoy NeedleXChange, a review on your favourite podcast platform would be wonderful.Timestamps: 00:00:00 Intro00:01:39 Change in Artwork after Motherhood00:09:15 Depicting Intimate Relationships in Art00:13:01 Exploring Feminine Archetypes in Art00:16:42 Orly Cogan's Creative Process00:19:29 Experimentation with Different Mediums00:22:09 Orly Cogan's Musical Preferences00:23:44 Orly’s Favourite Podcasts and Listening Habits00:27:09 Orly’s Dyslexia00:30:41 The last good film Orly Cogan watched00:41:18 An interesting fact that no one knows about Orly CoganLinks:Website: https://www.orlycogan.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/orlycogan/About NeedleXChange:NeedleXChange is a conversation podcast with embroidery and textile artists, exploring their process and practice.Hosted by Jamie "Mr X Stitch" Chalmers, it is an in-depth showcase of the best needlework artists on the planet.Visit the NeedleXChange website: https://www.needl.exchange/Sign up for the NeedleXChange Newsletter here: https://bit.ly/NeedleXChangeIf you want embroidery inspiration and regular doses of textile art, visit the Mr X Stitch site here: https://www.mrxstitch.comIf you're looking for modern cross stitch designs, then XStitch is the magazine you need!Subscribe to XStitch Magazine here: https://xstitchmag.com/modern-cross-stitch-magazine/And follow Mr X Stitch on all the usual social media channels!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MrXStitchTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/MrXStitchInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/MrXStitchPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mrxstitch/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrjamiechalmers
  • 33. Orly Cogan - Modern Fictions [NX033]

    38:03
    In this episode of NeedleXChange I interview Orly Cogan..Orly Cogan is a New York-based textile artist whose embroidered fabrics contain other-worldly images of modern concepts with a dream-like twist.In this first part of our NeedleXChange we find out how Orly came to needlework, how her work ties in with the modern art scene and we discover possibly the greatest parenting trick ever.Come back next week for the second part of our chat!Timestamps: 00:00:00 - Introduction00:01:50 Control and Vulnerability in Art and Conversation00:12:15 Notebooks, Sketchbooks, and Inspiration00:14:20 The Greatest Parenting Trick Ever00:18:40 Influences from Childhood and Transition to Fiber Art00:24:00 Validation and Representation in the Art WorldLinks:Website: https://www.orlycogan.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/orlycogan/About NeedleXChange:NeedleXChange is a conversation podcast with embroidery and textile artists, exploring their process and practice.Hosted by Jamie "Mr X Stitch" Chalmers, it is an in-depth showcase of the best needlework artists on the planet.Visit the NeedleXChange website: https://www.needl.exchange/Sign up for the NeedleXChange Newsletter here: https://bit.ly/NeedleXChangeIf you want embroidery inspiration and regular doses of textile art, visit the Mr X Stitch site here: https://www.mrxstitch.comIf you're looking for modern cross stitch designs, then XStitch is the magazine you need!Subscribe to XStitch Magazine here: https://xstitchmag.com/modern-cross-stitch-magazine/And follow Mr X Stitch on all the usual social media channels!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MrXStitchTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/MrXStitchInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/MrXStitchPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mrxstitch/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrjamiechalmers
  • 32. Kate Tume | Creating Cosmology Part 2 [NX032]

    53:22
    In this episode of NeedleXChange we interview Kate Tume.Kate Tume, an embroidery and mixed-media artist known as Mother Eagle, creates vibrant masks that personify new Gods and draw from her interest in magic, witchcraft, and mythology.In this second part of our NeedleXChange we talk about how the death of Kate's husband transformed her creative journey, and how her connection with life and nature underpins everything.Timestamps: 00:00:00 - Intro00:02:00 - The traditions that underpin Kate’s masks00:09:00 - How Kate makes a living00:12:00 - The God of Crabs00:20:00 - The Salmon of Knowledge00:22:00 - The story of Nicky Tume00:36:00 - How Kate builds her masks00:41:00 - Favourite band00:42:00 - Favourite book00:44:30 - Favourite film00:48:00 - An interesting fact about Kate Tume00:51:00 - A tale about a SnakeLinks:Website: madebymothereagle.comInstagram: mother_eagle_artsThe MIND charity has a page filled with helpful links if you know anyone who is struggling and needs someone to talk to.About NeedleXChange:NeedleXChange is a conversation podcast with embroidery and textile artists, exploring their process and practice.Hosted by Jamie "Mr X Stitch" Chalmers, it is an in-depth showcase of the best needlework artists on the planet.Visit the NeedleXChange website: https://www.needl.exchange/Sign up for the NeedleXChange Newsletter here: https://bit.ly/NeedleXChangeIf you want embroidery inspiration and regular doses of textile art, visit the Mr X Stitch site here: https://www.mrxstitch.comIf you're looking for modern cross stitch designs, then XStitch is the magazine you need!Subscribe to XStitch Magazine here: https://xstitchmag.com/modern-cross-stitch-magazine/And follow Mr X Stitch on all the usual social media channels!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MrXStitchTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/MrXStitchInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/MrXStitchPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mrxstitch/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrjamiechalmers
  • 31. Kate Tume | Creating Cosmology [NX031]

    37:42
    In this episode of NeedleXChange we interview Kate Tume.Kate Tume, an embroidery and mixed-media artist known as Mother Eagle, creates vibrant masks that personify new Gods and draw from her interest in magic, witchcraft, and mythology. In this first part of our NeedleXChange we explore how Kate's love of needlework re-emerged in adulthood and her involvement in the 2023 Hand & Lock Embroidery Prize.Timestamps: 00:00:00 - Intro00:02:00 - Katie’s entry in the Hand & Lock Embroidery Prize00:11:50 - Making Gods of a modern mindset00:17:00 - Kate’s needlework beginnings00:23:00 - Where the name Mother Eagle comes from00:25:00 - Being fearless in the expression of art00:31:00 - Working in the real world while developing her skills00:35:00 - Impossible coloursLinks:Website: madebymothereagle.comInstagram: mother_eagle_artsWant to know more about Impossible Colours? Click here!About NeedleXChange:NeedleXChange is a conversation podcast with embroidery and textile artists, exploring their process and practice.Hosted by Jamie "Mr X Stitch" Chalmers, it is an in-depth showcase of the best needlework artists on the planet.Visit the NeedleXChange website: https://www.needl.exchange/Sign up for the NeedleXChange Newsletter here: https://bit.ly/NeedleXChangeIf you want embroidery inspiration and regular doses of textile art, visit the Mr X Stitch site here: https://www.mrxstitch.comIf you're looking for modern cross stitch designs, then XStitch is the magazine you need!Subscribe to XStitch Magazine here: https://xstitchmag.com/modern-cross-stitch-magazine/And follow Mr X Stitch on all the usual social media channels!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MrXStitchTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/MrXStitchInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/MrXStitchPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mrxstitch/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrjamiechalmers
  • 30. Per Fhager Part 2 | Soft Pixels [NX030]

    30:28
    In this episode of NeedleXChange we interview Per Fhager.Per Fhager creates large-scale needlepoint works based on video game pixel graphics from the 80s and 90s, focusing on nostalgia and the happiness these games brought him. Per combines his love for video games with his passion for textile art, using uncommon techniques such as Gobelin stitch and long stitch. He aims to capture the details and moments from these games and make them permanent through his needlework.Timestamps: 00:00:00 - Intro00:01:22 Variety of Stitches and Honouring Tradition 00:07:40 Choosing Video Games00:10:46 Escaping into Video Games00:13:34 Reaching Out to Video Game Companies00:17:25 Design Approach in Pixel Art00:21:43 Favourite Band00:23:37 Favourite Book00:25:58 Favourite Film/TV Show00:27:48 Working at LegoLinks:Website: https://perfhager.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/perfhager/Per's exhibition - Soft Pixels 2 - runs until 7th April 2024 at Gävle Art Centre.About NeedleXChange:NeedleXChange is a conversation podcast with embroidery and textile artists, exploring their process and practice.Hosted by Jamie "Mr X Stitch" Chalmers, it is an in-depth showcase of the best needlework artists on the planet.Visit the NeedleXChange website: https://www.needl.exchange/Sign up for the NeedleXChange Newsletter here: https://bit.ly/NeedleXChangeIf you want embroidery inspiration and regular doses of textile art, visit the Mr X Stitch site here: https://www.mrxstitch.comIf you're looking for modern cross stitch designs, then XStitch is the magazine you need!Subscribe to XStitch Magazine here: https://xstitchmag.com/modern-cross-stitch-magazine/And follow Mr X Stitch on all the usual social media channels!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MrXStitchTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/MrXStitchInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/MrXStitchPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mrxstitch/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrjamiechalmers
  • 29. Per Fhager | Soft Pixels [NX029]

    34:57
    In this episode of NeedleXChange we interview Per Fhager.Per Fhager creates large-scale needlepoint works based on video game pixel graphics from the 80s and 90s, focusing on nostalgia and the happiness these games brought him. Per combines his love for video games with his passion for textile art, using uncommon techniques such as gobelin stitch and long stitch. He aims to capture the details and moments from these games and make them permanent through his needlework.Timestamps: 00:00:00 - Intro00:01:38 - SoftPixels Exhibition00:06:38 - Per’s early Interest in Pixelated Images00:07:47 - Unique Scale of Per Fhager's Work00:12:22 - Early Beginnings and First Exhibition00:16:50 - Backgrounds and Homage00:20:04 - Preserving Video Game Culture00:25:17 - Choosing Video Games and Planning Projects00:27:45 - Managing Time and Physical ComfortLinks:Website: https://perfhager.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/perfhager/Per's exhibition - Soft Pixels 2 - runs until 7th April 2024 at Gävle Art Centre.About NeedleXChange:NeedleXChange is a conversation podcast with embroidery and textile artists, exploring their process and practice.Hosted by Jamie "Mr X Stitch" Chalmers, it is an in-depth showcase of the best needlework artists on the planet.Visit the NeedleXChange website: https://www.needl.exchange/Sign up for the NeedleXChange Newsletter here: https://bit.ly/NeedleXChangeIf you want embroidery inspiration and regular doses of textile art, visit the Mr X Stitch site here: https://www.mrxstitch.comIf you're looking for modern cross stitch designs, then XStitch is the magazine you need!Subscribe to XStitch Magazine here: https://xstitchmag.com/modern-cross-stitch-magazine/And follow Mr X Stitch on all the usual social media channels!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MrXStitchTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/MrXStitchInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/MrXStitchPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mrxstitch/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrjamiechalmers