Aneela Hoey

Pattern designer

Making has been an integral part of my being for most of my life. These days I mainly work as a creator of sewing patterns for pouches and organizers. I produce my own independent patterns as well as having written several books on sewing/embroidery. I’m also a sometime fabric designer (Moda/Cloud9).

What influence does music have in your life as a creative?:

Music has always occupied a space alongside my making because songs/lyrics offer perspective which opens up my creative thinking. It produces the right kind of environment to make me feel excited by the possibilities. I find listening to music mostly helps me concentrate because it blocks out all of the other noise in my head. I always listen to it when I sew or work on illustrations. The only time I might switch it off is when I’m writing pattern instructions and need a clear head.

Tell us about your playlist:

My musical choices are always instinctive, if I like something, I like it. Simple as that. Music at its best feels like home, like something that has always been a part of me and my thinking.
My sonic tastes apparently favour the following
– Songs that are composed of several different parts, joined together with changes of pace throughout
– Achingly sweet and jangly indie pop
– Music that offers some kind of nerdy (guitar or other) wig out in the middle
– Kitchen sink pop/rock with descriptions of the everyday ordinary that echo my own experiences
– Singers with regional accents and use of slang
– Lyrical characterisations and storytelling

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Making music

  1. Fluorescent Adolescent – Arctic Monkeys
  2. Dreaming of You – The Coral
  3. Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better (feat. Tame Impala) – The Streets, Tame Impala
  4. French Navy – Camera Obscura
  5. Miami – Baxter Dury
  6. Rip It Up – Orange Juice
  7. Total Football – Parquet Courts
  8. DARE – Gorillaz
  9. Funny Thing – Thundercat
  10. Burner – Warmduscher, Kool Keith
  11. Evidently Chickentown – John Cooper Clarke
  12. From The Ritz To The Rubble – Arctic Monkeys
  13. Telephone Thing – The Fall
  14. The Less I Know The Better – Tame Impala
  15. Bike – 2011 Remastered Version – Pink Floyd
  16. Do It Better – Remastered Version – Happy Mondays
  17. Mardy Bum – Arctic Monkeys
  18. Bill Is Dead – The Fall
  19. Two Doors Down – Mystery Jets
  20. Midnight Dipper – Warmduscher
  21. Fantastic Man – William Onyeabor
  22. Rill Rill – Sleigh Bells
  23. I Can’t Help You – Cate le Bon
  24. Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? – Arctic Monkeys
  25. Paper Planes – M.I.A.
  26. Trouble – Bonus Track – Girl Ray
  27. Wrote for Luck – Remastered Version – Happy Mondays
  28. Elephant – Tame Impala
  29. Metal Mickey (Island Demo) [Remastered] – Suede
  30. Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun – Beastie Boys
  31. Negative Space – Hookworms
  32. How Can I Compete – The Magic Gang
  33. Egg Man – Beastie Boys
  34. Hit the North Part 1 – The Fall
  35. Spanish Dance Troupe – Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
  36. B-Boy Bouillabaisse: A Year And A Day – Beastie Boys
  37. OX4 – Ride
  38. Maria También – Khruangbin
  39. Poodle Rockin’ – Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
  40. Strange Emotional – Meilyr Jones