Roisin Beck Taylor


Northern English lass, sewing in her attic. I work in climate change policy by day and by night I can be found cutting out patterns and stitching up garments. I’m also a freelance florist, so I like my clothes to be as bold as the flowers we grow, but utilitarian in style so that I can fill my pockets with secateurs and twine. Whilst I love the idea of dresses, I am at the heart of it – an androgynous trousers and boxy shapes kinda gal. I love cord, bull denim, linen, and tana lawn, each has their own purpose and I love working out exactly what that is.

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

I didn’t know how intertwined music and memory were until I found myself crying in a field, taken by surprise when a song shown to me an ex-partner bled through my headphones. It felt as though I no longer had ownership over that music and it set me back in recovery from that love. And then there are those songs that someone else puts on while cooking you dinner, maybe in the flourishing new moments of a relationship, and unbeknownst to them it was a song from your childhood that your Dad and you used to blast in the car, and you can’t speak with being taken aback by how connected to that person you suddenly feel.

I listen to music when I’m sewing and it often goes unnoticed to me – just background sound to help me concentrate. But there are certain songs that permeate all levels of my concentration and leave me elated or often a little bruised. I love both in equal measure. I find it can control my emotional temperature, cure a bad mood or embed one permanently. I tend to make playlists that look as though they are curated around a season or a month, but they never have anything to do with that. One playlist is deliberately intended to make me feel sad, whilst another blurs the edges a little and softens my day. Often that runs parallel to the type of creative activity I am doing. They are one and the same.

Mostly my music is a mix of joy filled pop, nostalgic throw backs to summer weekends at music festivals, and things that make me think of my partner and friends and family. There is minimal consistency and that is the way I like it.

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sewn & sown

  1. Opal – Four Tet Remix – Bicep, Four Tet
  2. Lush – Four Tet
  3. Bamboo – Elder Island
  4. Mojo – Claire Laffut
  5. Crush – Tessa Violet
  6. Oom Sha La La – Haley Heynderickx
  7. Sensitive Heart – Yoke Lore, Jax Anderson
  8. Cream – Claptone
  9. God Only Knows – High Contrast
  10. Nue – Clara Luciani
  11. Mixer – Amber Mark
  12. Slip Away – Perfume Genius
  13. Psycho Killer – 2005 Remaster – Talking Heads
  14. Isabella – Isaac Delusion
  15. Keep on Calling – Nilüfer Yanya
  16. Moon – Kid Francescoli
  17. Glasshouses – Maribou State
  18. Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles
  19. Blurred – Bonobo Remix – Kiasmos, Bonobo
  20. Knock Me Off My Feet – SOAK
  21. Energy – Sampa the Great, Nadeem Din-Gabisi
  22. Can’t Stop Your Lovin’ – Poolside, Panama
  23. Full Circle – George FitzGerald, Boxed In
  24. Disco Yes – Tom Misch, Poppy Ajudha
  25. Shotgun – George Ezra
  26. Final Form – Sampa the Great
  27. Can We Work It Out – RAC Mix – Gordi, RAC
  28. Nervous Tics (feat. Holly Walker) – Maribou State, Holly Walker
  29. When I’m With Him – Empress Of
  30. Levitating – Dua Lipa
  31. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) – 2005 Remaster – Talking Heads
  32. Every Other Freckle – alt-J
  33. Taste – Betty Who
  34. Toothpaste Kisses – The Maccabees
  35. bellyache – Billie Eilish
  36. Burning Down the House – Talking Heads
  37. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure
  38. Love My Way – The Psychedelic Furs
  39. Happy Man – Jungle
  40. Blue Boss – Sampa the Great
  41. Two Thousand and Seventeen – Four Tet