Episode 68 – Sam Topley
Hi Pomcats, welcome to the penultimate episode of the year! We’re delighted to be joined by guest interviewer Belinda Johnson, a fellow member of the Pom Pom team, who had a chat with sound artist Sam Topley.
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Before we got to the interview, it was only right that we had a chat with Belinda and introduced her to you lovely listeners. As well as finding out a little more about her role at Pom Pom and her journey through the world of knitting, Belinda mused on the patterns that are currently gracing her needles. These included the currently hibernating Eirys from Ready Set Raglan (just awaiting that final ball of De Rerum Natura Gilliatt!), plus Grainne, which is also from Ready Set Raglan, the delightfully named ‘project cookie monster’!
Belinda also lamented the currently frogged Trembita mittens from Issue 39, but confirms that the pattern is so easy that she’ll be restarting these very soon.
It was music to our ears to find out that Sam Topley was going to be a guest on the pomcast! Sam is a sound artist and researcher working with textiles to create handmade electronic musical instruments and interactive sound art work. Her collaborative projects explore ideas in craftivism, using DIY fibre crafting to engage new audiences with experimental music making.
Sam leading one of her workshops
If you are interested in making your own noisy pom poms you can find the kit here on Sam’s Etsy shop. You can hear Sam's noisy pom poms in the episode and in the clip below!
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