Episode #44: Avery Trufelman, Host of Articles of Interest

Avery Trufelman, guest on the CRAFT*ish Podcast with Vickie Howell #fashion #podcast

Avery Trufelman, Producer/Host of Articles of Interest

This week Vickie’s guest is Avery Truffleman, the producer and host of Articles of Interest, a 6-part series within the podcast, 99% Invisible. Vickie came across this series through an ad within one of the NPR podcasts she listens to, and binge listened to it straight away. In each episode of the series, Avery dives head into the history behind everything from pockets and denim, to plaid and punk rock fashion. Through a series of expert interviews and witty conversations, she brings life to the history of some of our fashion staples. Listen to hear about the series, how becoming a radio broadcaster/producer differs now from 20 years ago, and some of the fascinating stories behind the creation of Articles of Interest!


Penguin Random House Audio | Season 3 Sponsor of CRAFT*ish with Vickie Howell #tryaudiobooks #books

This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House Audio. They’ve curated a great list of audiobook titles just for us makers. Check them out here. While you’re there, download a FREE copy of Ivy and Inky the Butterfly, by Johanna Basford.

Show Notes

Avery Trufelman, has been making stories about design at 99% Invisible for the past five years. She’s covered everything from garbage trucks in Taipei to swimming pools in Helsinki to art schools in Havana. She can also be heard on podcasts like Planet Money, Kamau Right Now, and The Allusionist, as well on the SFMoMA audio tour.

She has given talks about design and audio all over the country, was dubbed one of KQED’s “Women to Watch” in 2017, has served as a judge of the 2017 British Podcast Awards, and was the 2018 Roman Witt Visiting Artist at the Penny Stamps School of Art & Design at University of Michigan.

Avery Trufelman on CRAFT*ish

In September of 2018, Trufelman launched Articles Of Interest, a show within 99% Invisible, devoted solely to fashion and clothing. Topics range from the environmental impact of denim, the origins of casual wear, and why womenswear has such small pockets.


What I’m Crafting To … this week!

Special new segment brought to you by Penguin Random House Audio

  • TV Show: Homecoming (Amazon Prime)
  • Audio Book: Tana French’s mystery novel, The Witch Elm.
  • Audio Book: I also just started listening to another Penguin Random House Audiobook that launched this week, Becoming by former first lady Michelle Obama. I find her inspiring as a mother, woman, and leader, so really looking forward to her wisdom as the background to my holiday making this week!

I’d love to hear what you’re Crafting to this week. Please post a comment with your recommendations. Thanks!


Produced by: Vickie Howell

Edited & Mixed by: Dave Campbell

Music Provided by: Explosions in the Sky

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