Kate Stanton

hobby sewist, journalist, celebrity culture enthusiast

I’m a writer/editor who works in the media industry. In my spare time I sew and read up on pop culture and celebrity gossip. Though originally from the US, I’ve lived in Melbourne, Australia for about 9 years with my lovely husband.

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

I used to have “hobby shame” because I didn’t do much creatively outside of my day job in media. I tried for a long time to be musical — with little success. I once bought drum set on impulse (I barely touched it, but it looked really cool in my room!), and I spent several years in guitar lessons. I still can’t really play a thing. It was almost a relief when I found sewing. Finally, I could do something besides go to brunch and watch TV! These days I use music mainly to lift my spirits, or to set the mood for a day of crafting. I never sew in silence; I think it’s too lonely a hobby to do without background noise. It’s almost like having a friend in the room. I’m never picky about genre; I’ll sew along to anything from The Flaming Lips to the Jonas Brothers. I think music helps me focus, and reminds me when I’m frustrated that sewing is supposed to be fun!

Tell us about your playlist:

This is the stuff I actually listen to a lot while I sew. I realised only after compiling this playlist that it’s random as hell! How on earth does someone go from Waxahatchee’s ‘Lilacs’ to Ruben Nez’s ‘Hay Que Luchar’, an upbeat Latin tune I randomly heard on an episode of ‘Queer Eye’? But I think this playlist is a rollercoaster of genre and mood that reflects the chaotic energy I bring to a sewing project — super-pissed about uneven gathers one minute and peacefully blind-stitching the next. There’s also heaps of Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton and other Americana classics (‘driving down a highway’-style music). I’m an expat, so that type of music is comfort food to me. I’m also a huge believer in the power of a perfect pop song: try NOT to dance to Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Want You in My Room’. Plus, the four key changes in Beyonce’s ‘Love on Top’ will heal your soul.

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a maker's mixtape

  1. Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8) – Dolly Parton
  2. Harmony Hall – Vampire Weekend
  3. What Is Life – 2014 Mix – George Harrison
  4. Temporary One – Live at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, CA 5/23/97 – Fleetwood Mac
  5. Lilacs – Waxahatchee
  6. Hay Que Luchar – Ruben Nez
  7. 100 Years Ago – Remastered – The Rolling Stones
  8. Want You In My Room – Carly Rae Jepsen
  9. Daddy Lessons – Beyoncé
  10. Black Myself – Our Native Daughters, Amythyst Kiah, Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell
  11. Light of a Clear Blue Morning – Dolly Parton
  12. I Like It – Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin
  13. Everything Has Changed – Best Coast
  14. Lonely – Swamp Dogg
  15. Hallelujah – HAIM
  16. Fever – Carly Rae Jepsen
  17. Americans – Janelle Monáe
  18. Love On Top – Homecoming Live – Beyoncé
  19. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – Bettye Swann
  20. The Long Way Around – The Chicks
  21. I Understand What You Want But I Just Don’t Agree – The Sleepy Jackson
  22. Here I Am – Dolly Parton
  23. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free – Nina Simone
  24. Fight Test – The Flaming Lips
  25. Rollercoaster – Jonas Brothers
  26. Hello Sunshine – Aretha Franklin
  27. Motion Sickness – Phoebe Bridgers
  28. Blues Run The Game – Simon & Garfunkel
  29. May I Have This Dance – Francis and the Lights
  30. Water Me – Lizzo
  31. Green Light – Lorde
  32. Furr – Blitzen Trapper
  33. Atlantic City – Bruce Springsteen
  34. Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush
  35. Look At Miss Ohio – Gillian Welch
  36. Bad Habit – The Kooks
  37. Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile – The New Pornographers
  38. Trying To Sleep Tonight – Clarence Carter
  39. All My Friends Are Falling In Love – The Vaccines
  40. Shout Out to My Ex – Little Mix
  41. Debaser – Pixies
  42. Karaoke (feat. Lizzo) – Big Freedia, Lizzo
  43. Frankie’s Gun! – The Felice Brothers
  44. Rosie – Joan Armatrading
  45. Cigarettes and Coffee – Otis Redding
  46. I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen
  47. Down from Dover – Dolly Parton
  48. Never Going Back Again – Fleetwood Mac
  49. Crystal – 2019 Remaster – Stevie Nicks
  50. Never Enough – Sleepwalkers
  51. Everything Will Be Okay – Preston Lovinggood
  52. Restless Year – Ezra Furman
  53. Head Underwater – Jenny Lewis
  54. Sunday Morning Coming Down – Live at Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN – July 1970 – Johnny Cash
  55. Dreamlover – Mariah Carey
  56. No Sleep Till Brooklyn – Beastie Boys
  57. Tempo (feat. Missy Elliott) – Lizzo, Missy Elliott
  58. My Love Is Your Love (feat. Dyme) – Whitney Houston, Dyme
  59. Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar) – Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar
  60. Shine on Me – Dan Auerbach
  61. Holy – King Princess
  62. Baby Lee – Teenage Fanclub
  63. Deceptacon – Le Tigre