Talking Threads is a new, magazine style programme, targeted specifically at the ever-increasing market for textile art with a desire to inspire people to be creative with fabric. Shown on The Country Channel, on Sky TV, Talking Threads has a potential audience of fifty million people across the world, with a large percentage of these being UK based.
A pilot series of ten half hour episodes will feature internationally renowned fabric artists giving personal demonstrations of the techniques which have made them accomplished artists.
Each episode will be based around the artistic stylings of a renowned artist; featuring a demonstration of how to make a specific piece, an interview and an exclusive look into their portfolio.
In every episode viewers will be taught simple fabric art techniques, such as embellishing or fabric dyeing, from which they can expand their creative horizons. They will also be taken through a step by step process culminating in the creation of their own piece of textile art. Attached are a number of photographs of products that viewers will be encouraged to make in the course of the series. It is hoped that the final episode will be filmed at The International Quilt Festival, at the Birmingham NEC, and we are seeking permission from Twisted Threads.
The world of textile art is one that appeals to a vast demographic range: in addition to the more traditional sewing audience this programme would target everyone from parents watching with young children to university students wanting ideas for customizing their clothes.
The craft industry is not only unaffected by the credit crunch but has attracted a larger following as people turn to repairing or restyling old clothes to avoid purchasing new ones. Talking Threads is ideally placed to take advantage of the influx of people approaching textile and fabric art for the first time, while allowing those more experienced in the practice to see their favourite artists and their work.
We've been working on the project for the last two months, and hope to broadcast in September.