Episode 7: Living a Creative Life Courageously

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This past week I did something scary: I reached out to the Māori artists community and wrote a piece for Toi Māori Aotearoa (a nonprofit supporting the Māori arts and culture - I’ve been donating to them every month) talking about my mahi (work), feelings of displacement and creating something new and beautiful from a mix of different cultures.

This is a community that I’ve always wanted to connect with but stayed away from for the longest time out of the fear of not being “Māori enough” to qualify.

But as I wrote in the article... “Since learning how to design and establishing myself as a designer, I have learned much about my ancestry and where I come from, with this most importantly: I am enough. While I have so much still left to learn, my desire to do so now isn’t out of a need to “prove my Māori-ness” but to enrich my life and, hopefully, empower the Māori community."

The link to the article is here, I would be honored if you took a bit of time out of your day to read it - and to hear your thoughts. A lot of people who’ve read it so far really resonated with the feeling like they are not enough.

So that’s why this is the focus on this week’s episode of the Fibre Muse Podcast: Living a Creative Courageous Life.

This episode is divided into two parts. The first part dives in a bit deeper on my experience reaching out to and writing to Toi Maori Aotearoa, the fears I had to fight against and what I’m experiencing now as a result.

The second part flips the script and focuses on you: how you can start creating courageously. I’m sure just like me, you have big dreams and goals for your crafting. Whether it’s learning a new technique, putting your work out into the world, or wanting to make a connection, there’s that small voice in our heads that want to hold us back. So I’m diving into both the mechanic (the how to’s and practical strategies) and the mindset roadblocks.

Links Mentioned:

Storytime Teller: @creatyveknitstudio


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Episode 6: All about the Upcoming Fibre Muse Quarterly Collection

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Kia ora, Fibre Muses!

With the next collection of the Fibre Muse Quarterly coming out next Tuesday, you'll be getting an in-depth look into the stories and inspirations for the pieces and learn how each pattern ties into its respective Fibre Muse. Which Fibre Muse are you? Which pattern will you be working on during the Fibre Muse KAL?

Discovery Test

Patterns in the collection:

Atawhai Hat - Giver

Marino Wrap - Dreamer

Kahurangi Cowl - Mystic

Karekare Pullover - Seeker

View the lookbook.

Pre-order the collection for $16.


Support the Show on Patreon

This show is possible thanks to the support from Patreon. Patreon is a platform that allows fans to support their favourite makers in a sustainable and easy way and get exclusive rewards in return. If you enjoy the Fibre Muse Podcast and want to support the project, you can do so for as low as $2/month. You’ll receive exclusive access to a private FB community group where you’ll be able to join me for live-recordings of the show, plus get ad-free versions of the podcast. For $5/month, you’ll get free pattern downloads at the end of the month. Thanks to your support, we are able to pay the Aroha Knits team for the hard work they do and keep the business running sustainably!

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Episode 5: Transforming Myth and Legend into Knitwear Designs

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Today's episode is 100% a stream of consciousness! I share two books that I've read over the past month that's had a significant impact on the way I view my work as a Maori knitwear designer. These texts set the foundation for the direction I'll be taking my work over the next year: transforming myth and legend into knitwear designs to keep the stories of my people alive in a new medium.

Outside Mentions:

Solene le Roux @soleneleroux

Katie Bredbeck and Babs Rudlin @Yarn People

Maori weaving with Erenora Puketapu-Hetet

My Mother was the Earth, My Father was the Sky: Myth and Memory in Maori novels in English by Nadia Majid @absolutelyknitting

Video of Veranoa Hetet weaving 


Support the Show on Patreon

This show is possible thanks to the support from Patreon. Patreon is a platform that allows fans to support their favourite makers in a sustainable and easy way and get exclusive rewards in return. If you enjoy the Fibre Muse Podcast and want to support the project, you can do so for as low as $2/month. You’ll receive exclusive access to a private FB community group where you’ll be able to join me for live-recordings of the show, plus get ad-free versions of the podcast. For $5/month, you’ll get free pattern downloads at the end of the month. Thanks to your support, we are able to pay the Aroha Knits team for the hard work they do and keep the business running sustainably!

Become a Patreon here.

Episode 4: The Importance of Supporting Diverse Fiber Folk in the Community: A Chat with Monica Rodriguez

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In this episode I bring on my first guest of the series, Monica Rodriguez of Knits All Folks. We chat about our experiences of being crafters of color in the US knitting community that is predominately white, and why representation is so important. Monica also shares how she uses crafting to navigate her identity, and how the Seeker Fibre Muse has affected that process. We also give our recommendations for how to beat the Instagram algorithm so you can start following and supporting more crafters and designers of color today.

Follow Monica Online At:

Website: www.knitsallfolks.com

Instagram: knitsallfolks

Designers or crafters of color to follow on Instagram:

Tina.say.knits

Tlyarncrafts

Absoknittinglutely

Brandicheynneharper

Jeanettesloan

Ggmadeit

Loopnthreads

Nappyknitter

Callmedwj

Ucrafter

Follow the hashtag: #diversknitty


Support the Show on Patreon

This show is possible thanks to the support from Patreon. Patreon is a platform that allows fans to support their favourite makers in a sustainable and easy way and get exclusive rewards in return. If you enjoy the Fibre Muse Podcast and want to support the project, you can do so for as low as $2/month. You’ll receive exclusive access to a private FB community group where you’ll be able to join me for live-recordings of the show, plus get ad-free versions of the podcast. For $5/month, you’ll get free pattern downloads at the end of the month. Thanks to your support, we are able to pay the Aroha Knits team for the hard work they do and keep the business running sustainably!

Become a Patreon here.

Episode 3: The Paradox of Slow Making and Fast Fashion

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In this episode, I share my thoughts about Slow Fashion October, specifically the paradox I feel as a knitwear designer. How sustainable is it for a craft, such as knitting, which is inherently slow, to be put under the demands of the fast fashion model? I dive into the context and history that’s possibly brought the fiber industry to this point, then discuss some shifts I’ve taken as a knitwear designer to be more conscious and aware of my contribution to the issue.


Support the Show on Patreon

This show is possible thanks to the support from Patreon. Patreon is a platform that allows fans to support their favourite makers in a sustainable and easy way and get exclusive rewards in return. If you enjoy the Fibre Muse Podcast and want to support the project, you can do so for as low as $2/month. You’ll receive exclusive access to a private FB community group where you’ll be able to join me for live-recordings of the show, plus get ad-free versions of the podcast. For $5/month, you’ll get free pattern downloads at the end of the month. Thanks to your support, we are able to pay the Aroha Knits team for the hard work they do and keep the business running sustainably!

Become a Patreon here.

Episode 2: How I Work my Cultural Influences into My Designs

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In this episode, I take you behind the scenes of a commonly asked question from my community of Fibre Muses: how I work my cultural influences into my designs. I share my sources of inspiration and then the process of translating them into stitch patterns. My hopes for this episode is that by sharing my process, you’ll be inspired and empowered to do the same exploration in your own knitting.

Books mentioned in the Episode:

Maori Myth and Legend by A.W. Reed

Maori Weaving by Erenora Puketapu-Hetet

Te Taiao Maori and the Natural World by the Te Ara Team

Patterns Mentioned in this Episode:

Exhale Shawl: NEW! Use the code EXHALE10 at checkout for a special 10% off discount.

Atiru Shawl

Aroha Shawl

Kotiri Shawl

Patiki Shawl

Koru Cardigan

Taimana Cowl

Iraira Shawl


Support the Show on Patreon

This show is possible thanks to the support from Patreon. Patreon is a platform that allows fans to support their favourite makers in a sustainable and easy way and get exclusive rewards in return. If you enjoy the Fibre Muse Podcast and want to support the project, you can do so for as low as $2/month. You’ll receive exclusive access to a private FB community group where you’ll be able to join me for live-recordings of the show, plus get ad-free versions of the podcast. For $5/month, you’ll get free pattern downloads at the end of the month. Thanks to your support, we are able to pay the Aroha Knits team for the hard work they do and keep the business running sustainably!

Become a Patreon here.

Episode 1.2: Why Now? Why this Podcast?

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In this mini episode, I give context as to why I created this podcast: what was holding me back, what served as a catalyst to get me out of my funk and my hopes for the future and impact of the show.


Support the Show on Patreon

This show is possible thanks to the support from Patreon. Patreon is a platform that allows fans to support their favourite makers in a sustainable and easy way and get exclusive rewards in return. If you enjoy the Fibre Muse Podcast and want to support the project, you can do so for as low as $2/month. You’ll receive exclusive access to a private FB community group where you’ll be able to join me for live-recordings of the show, plus get ad-free versions of the podcast. For $5/month, you’ll get free pattern downloads at the end of the month. Thanks to your support, we are able to pay the Aroha Knits team for the hard work they do and keep the business running sustainably!

Become a Patreon here.

PILOT Episode: Why I Became a Knitwear Designer

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The Fibre Muse Podcast is coming back with a new twist. This time it will just be me as the host, though I will be inviting guests to come onto the show.

What will the new Fibre Muse Podcast be about? At Aroha Knits, it is my mission to inspire and empower fibre artists to transform their yarn so they can manifest more joy, healing, connection and creativity into their lives, one stitch at a time.

My work as a knitwear designer focuses on exploring the intersection of the four aspects of making: self-care, self-discovery, self-expression and selflessness with my journey of making sense of my multicultural identity.

And on this podcast, I’ll be documenting this journey of self-actualization; of manifesting the Fibre Muse in my own making experience, through my own personal stories and round-table discussions with guests who use craft to explore their own identity.

So in the pilot episode of the newly revamped Fibre Muse Podcast, I share the true story of why I became a knitwear designer: for connection, healing, joy and creativity through the lens of my cultural heritage. It's a bit funny - over the past two years or so, I've felt like I've drifted away from this simple true calling as I was experimenting and testing things out with my work (I am a creative, after all), and now I cannot ignore this pull from within me to return back to my true calling.


Support the Show on Patreon

This show is possible thanks to the support from Patreon. Patreon is a platform that allows fans to support their favourite makers in a sustainable and easy way and get exclusive rewards in return. If you enjoy the Fibre Muse Podcast and want to support the project, you can do so for as low as $2/month. You’ll receive exclusive access to a private FB community group where you’ll be able to join me for live-recordings of the show, plus get ad-free versions of the podcast. For $5/month, you’ll get free pattern downloads at the end of the month. Thanks to your support, we are able to pay the Aroha Knits team for the hard work they do and keep the business running sustainably!

Become a Patreon here.