Tracy Wai de Boer

Maker / Sewist / General Creative

I’m a writer and devoted creative who is always making, creating, repairing, projecting, and thinking deeply. I’ve always loved clothing and the way it allows us to express ourselves. I make versatile, functional, hardwearing, beautiful clothing that is fun and focussed around natural fibre. I love sewing because it is life-changing, life-affirming, rebellious, and empowering.

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

Music – similar to clothing – allows me to imagine who I might be. It shows me levels of myself I never knew I had. Music allows me to feel both free in my body and grounded at the same time. Good music makes me feel more human – more connected to a deep range of emotion and experience. Listening to music while I sew is one of the happiest places on earth for me. In this space I feel completely contained in my creative bubble, and my mind wanders – I’m able to work though creative ideas (for my writing or other art forms).

Tell us about your playlist:

This playlist is made up of a variety of music that has a similar feel or tone to me. Even though the songs and artists themselves are quite diverse over space/time, I feel like they “go together” for me. Many of the artists in this playlist are those who inspire me. Many of the songs in this playlist are ones I listen to while I sew and I am excited to share with others.

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  1. Coat of Many Colors – Dolly Parton
  2. Le temps de l’amour – Fox Medium – Françoise Hardy
  3. Any Other Way – Jackie Shane
  4. Babooshka – Kate Bush
  5. They Say I’m Different – Betty Davis
  6. Man Without a Soul – Lucinda Williams
  7. Nasty Gal – Betty Davis
  8. Ain’t Got No / I Got Life – Live – Nina Simone
  9. Summer Wine – Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewood
  10. Some Velvet Morning – Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewood
  11. Intern – Angel Olsen
  12. Cranes in the Sky – Solange
  13. Are You Alright? – Lucinda Williams
  14. El Condor Pasa (If I Could) – Simon & Garfunkel
  15. Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush
  16. Feeling Good – Nina Simone
  17. Morning Sun – Melody Gardot
  18. Sister – Angel Olsen
  19. Rise – Solange
  20. All Mirrors – Angel Olsen
  21. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Nina Simone
  22. Sinnerman – Live In New York/1965 – Nina Simone
  23. Compassion – Lucinda Williams
  24. These Days – Nico
  25. Down to You – Joni Mitchell
  26. Strangers – The Kinks
  27. Sunday Morning – The Velvet Underground, Nico
  28. Femme Fatale – The Velvet Underground, Nico
  29. Suzanne – Remasterisé en 2016 – Françoise Hardy
  30. Dumb Blonde – Dolly Parton
  31. Light of a Clear Blue Morning – Dolly Parton
  32. Walkin’ After Midnight – Patsy Cline
  33. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
  34. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free – Nina Simone
  35. La foule – Édith Piaf
  36. Padam padam – Édith Piaf
  37. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) – 2018 Remaster – Kate Bush
  38. Life During Wartime – Live – Talking Heads
  39. Too Many People – Remastered 2012 – Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney
  40. Stand Up Straight and Tall – Jackie Shane
  41. Tough Lover – Etta James
  42. Hounds Of Love – 2018 Remaster – Kate Bush
  43. The Argus – Ween
  44. You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio – Joni Mitchell
  45. The Lovely Linda – Remastered 2011 – Paul McCartney
  46. Can’t Let Go – Lucinda Williams
  47. Shoo-B-Doop and Cop Him – Betty Davis
  48. Cloudbusting – 2018 Remaster – Kate Bush
  49. Spooky – Dusty Springfield
  50. A Sunday Kind Of Love – Etta James
  51. Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
  52. Every Night – Remastered 2011 – Paul McCartney
  53. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) – Live – Talking Heads
  54. Heaven – Live – Talking Heads