Violet Sessions

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Episode 22 - Anna Jones
“Inspiration, for me, comes in lots of different forms, and sometimes that’s getting dinner on the table in twenty minutes.” In this episode I sit down with cook, food writer, stylist, vegetable pioneer and fellow ‘Wing Mom’, Anna Jones to talk about it all. We discuss the delicate balance of juggling motherhood with our careers, our shared love of farmers' markets and the importance of simplicity, ease and approachability in the recipes we write and the food we make.
May 07, 2018
Episode 21 - Ruthie Rogers
Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery talks to Ruthie Rogers, MBE, Michelin star Chef and co-founder of The River Cafe about never hiring a pastry chef and conceiving the idea for her world renowned restaurant in McDonalds.
Mar 24, 2018
Episode 20 - Nadine Levy Redzepi
For our 20th Violet Sessions episode I have switched things up a little. I have new intro music by one of my favourite bands, Woman’s Hour (such a great name for a band) and I’m now doing the podcast solo as my ex co-host Danielle Radojcin moves on to focus on her family and other ventures. The pods will have a slightly new focus as well. I am still talking to inspirational, creative, professional women, but we are opening up together and talking about food, lifestyle and how we live today. The podcast has always been a place for me to get out of the kitchen and into the hearts and minds of all the amazing women that I meet because of Violet. I’d love to hear from you about the podcast and who you’d like to hear me talk to! Thanks and happy listening xx ‘If you put a nice olive oil on the table, salt, pepper… It’s fun to see how people actually season their food.’ In this episode, Nadine Levy Redzepi, an enthusiastic home cook and mother of three daughters, sits down with Claire Ptak to talk about her first book Downtime: Deliciousness at Home, cooking at home with her family, and what it is like having spent most of her adult life working with her husband René Redzepi, chef-patron of the multi-award-winning restaurant Noma.
Feb 16, 2018
Ep 19 - Julie Weir: women and the music industry
"It's not about being a woman - it's about being the best at the job that you can be." Sony's Music's Julie Weir, one of the most respected figures in the rock and heavy music industry, sits down with Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak to talk about a career which spans nearly three decades, from working in a record shop in Leeds aged 18, to running club nights, to starting her own music label, Visible Noise, in West London in the 90s, to her current role as head of Music for Nations. She discusses how she survived the Lostprophets scandal, her subsequent success, and her thoughts about being a woman working in music today. Along the way she’s worked with Lady Gaga, Blitz Kids and Fearless Vampire Killers among others, sat on the board of the Independent Music Awards and was one of the first inductees at the Women in Music Awards.
Oct 31, 2017
Ep 18 - Julia Samuel: dealing with grief in the modern world
"People want an app they can download and everything is sorted." The revered British psychotherapist sits down with Claire Ptak and Danielle Radojcin at Port Eliot Festival to talk about the differences between how men and women deal with loss; how she has managed having children, grandchildren and a career; why she can't cook, and why kick-boxing is her downtime activity of choice.
Oct 04, 2017
Ep 17 - Natalie Kingham: making motherhood and career work
"Back then, it was easy to be fearless." In this Port Eliot Festival special, the buying director of MATCHESFASHION.COM talks to Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak about her journey from London club kid, to businesswoman, to fashion buying power house and how motherhood changed her along the way. She also discusses how she identifies upcoming fashion trends and emerging designers.
Sep 11, 2017
Ep 16 - Zandra Rhodes and Grace Woodward: treading the line between fashion and art
"Everyone in fashion has their Zandra Rhodes moment." The legendary British fashion designer and her creative director sit down at Port Eliot Festival with Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak to talk about her famous hand-created prints, making the label relevant for a new generation and what it takes to have a Zandra Rhodes dressed named after you.
Aug 30, 2017
Ep 15 - Mary Katrantzou: female mentors in the fashion industry
For this Port Eliot Festival special, the London-based Greek fashion designer sits down with Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak to discuss her mentors Sarah Mower and the late Louise Wilson from Central Saint Martins; how she's learned to be a businesswoman; and her plans for where she's going to take her successful international fashion label next.
Aug 16, 2017
Ep 14 - Allegra Huston: family ties and writing cringe-free sex scenes
"I wanted to write the kind of book I'd like to read." The writer Allegra Huston sits down at Port Eliot Festival with Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak to discuss the her new novel, Say My Name. She talks about her famous upbringing - how after the death of her mother she moved in with her father, the director John Huston, only to subsequently discover that her biological father was in fact Viscount John Julius Norwich - and her teenage years spent in Hollywood with her older sister, Anjelica Huston. She talks about her impressive career as a literary publisher, screen writer and editor, her life today in Taos, New Mexico - and her thoughts on how to write a successful sex scene.
Aug 09, 2017
Ep 13 - Katharine Hamnett and Sarah Mower: what's the point of protest fashion?
"I love the fact there's this great awakening." For this Port Eliot Festival special, Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak sit down with the legendary fashion designer and US Vogue's chief fashion critic to discuss fashion and politics; changing attitudes to the environmental impact of fashion; Hamnett's legendary slogan T-shirts and the stories behind them, her upcoming relaunch and why Kanye West is her number one fan.
Jul 26, 2017
Ep 12 - Thomasina Miers: Masterchef, Mexican food and motherhood
The food writer and owner of the Wahaca and DF / Mexico restaurant chains talks to Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak about her new book, how she juggles being a mum with her professional life, her glamorous background, her thoughts on eating healthily, eating disorders, tips on feeding children and thoughts on sustainability.
Jul 14, 2017
Ep 11 - Alice Levine: podcasting, friendship, and supper club no-nos
The co-presenter of My Dad Wrote a Porno, BBC Radio 1 presenter and food writer talks to Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak about how to host a successful supper club, her new cookbook, supporting young women to code, living and entertaining in East London and how she's managed to make a successful and varied multi-strand career.
Jun 28, 2017
Ep 10 - Dr Christina Dean: sustainable fashion, shopping in bins and pregnant striptease
"Life is a mental game. You need to push yourself through the pain barrier." Over coffee at Violet bakery in East London, Danielle Radojcin talks to the founder of Redress, an environmental NGO working to reduce waste in the fashion industry. They discuss how you can dress and shop in a more environmentally-aware way, her work with fashion's top editors, universities and designers to raise awareness, and her new book, Dress with Sense, as well as her life as a working mother in Hong Kong and the merits of doing a striptease for your husband when you're nine months' pregnant.
Jun 12, 2017
Violet Sessions, Ep 9 - Plum Sykes: on novel writing, Anna Wintour and Alexander McQueen
The writer talks about working for Vogue, the English aristocracy, having her wedding dress designed by Alexander McQueen, being a 90s It Girl and what it's like having Anna Wintour as a mentor. She also discusses her new book, the writing process and what it feels like to have a book on the New York Times bestseller list. Recorded with Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak at Violet bakery in East London.
May 31, 2017
Violet Sessions, Ep 8 - Mariah Nielson: J.B. Blunk, Japanese culture and California dreaming
"When I work on the estate I feel like I'm working with my father. It's a collaboration. It's all a way of being close to him and to the work." Curator and design consultant Mariah Nielson talks to Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak at Violet bakery in East London about managing the estate of her father, the late artist J.B. Blunk, her experience of travelling to Japan as a 16-year old model, culture differences between California and London, and the value of travel and spending time alone.
May 15, 2017
Violet Sessions, Ep 7 - Kim Boutin: VR design, Dior and Kenzo
"Don't start with a burning car," says the Parisian Kim Boutin about learning how to code. Here she talks to Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak about life at the vanguard of digital creativity and how we can encourage young girls to get into coding. Since leaving her job at Kenzo to set up her business in London, Kim has produced interactive magazine OK Grl with Louby McLoughlin, worked for Dior and created the VR designs at virtual nail salon Wah in London.
May 07, 2017
Violet Sessions, Ep 6 - Sylvia Farago: Dazed, 90s London and outrunning past lives
Sylvia Farago is a creative fashion producer who worked with Jefferson Hack, Rankin and Burberry. After a relationship with an ex boyfriend turned sour, she set up her own company, and now travels all over the world producing shoots for Celine, Vogue and Love, working with the world's top photographers including Collier Shaw and Nick Knight. Over coffee at Violet in Hackney, East London, Sylvia a chats to Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak about how she made it to the top of her game, her adventures in the fashion industry, and how she combats jet lag.
Apr 11, 2017
Violet Sessions, Ep 5 - Marie McPartlin: Raves, technology and underground art
Somerset House's Marie McPartlin talks about her passion for bringing underground art to a mainstream audience through her role as a director at a London cultural institution, and how she has forged an unusual and highly successful career for herself as a producer of cross disciplinary art forms. The chat takes place at Violet in East London, and is hosted by broadcaster Danielle Radojcin and chef Claire Ptak.
Mar 20, 2017
Violet Sessions, Ep 4 - Jo Ratcliffe: Fashion, feminism and Femojis
Fashion illustrator Jo Ratcliffe talks to broadcaster Danielle Radojcin about the launch of Femoji, her sticker and keyboard app. Following a career in fashion working with Kate Moss, Louis Vuitton and Dazed, Jo decided to quit her London studio and go travelling. Inspired by a range of amazing women, she decided to launch her range of feminist emojis. Violet Sessions is a series of interviews with female creative pioneers, aimed at inspiring anyone who listens to them. They take place at Violet, the bakery owned by chef and author Claire Ptak in East London.
Jan 18, 2017
Violet Sessions, Ep. 3 - Penny Martin: Soft glamour, hard copies and The Gentlewoman
Penny Martin, editor of The Gentlewoman magazine, speaks to broadcaster Danielle Radojcin about scoring Zadie Smith for her latest cover, what it was like interviewing Celine's Phoebe Philo, and her concept of fashion which she calls 'soft glamour'. The regular recording takes place at Violet bakery in East London, in front of an audience of about 20 people.
Nov 28, 2016
Violet Sessions, Ep. 2 - Marine Tanguy: Melt Week London, Changing the cityscape through art
Danielle Radojcin, host of Violet Sessions, sat down with Marine Tanguy, Gretchen Andrew, Leni Dothan, Tracey Brown and Lauren Gillett to talk about the new art programme taking place in London 4-8 October 2016. A series of events taking place alongside Frieze, it involves artists, corporations and institutions, all working together to integrate art into the existing cityscape and make it accessible to all.
Sep 24, 2016
Violet Sessions, Ep. 1 – Lucy McRae and Lotje Sodderland: The Institute of Isolation
Welcome to Violet Sessions, a series of talks with interesting people doing amazing things hosted by chef and food writer Claire Ptak and journalist and broadcaster Danielle Radojcin. In this episode, Danielle chats to sci-fi artist Lucy McRae, and documentary Lotje Sodderland about their short film, The Institute of Isolation. The film, commissioned by Ars Electronica and currently showing at the The Science Museum in London, explores the idea of how as humans we are now wilfully evolving through technology rather than nature. The podcast includes a discussion with the audience, focusing on the idea of isolation and how it affects people in different ways.
Aug 23, 2016