-It Keeps Me Sane-: Women Craft Wellbeing
This book is has its origins in the The Everyday Creativity of Women Craftmakers, a narrative research project exploring the roles and meanings of craftmaking in women's lives. This research aims to document and communicate contemporary women's stories of their engagement with craftwork; and to explore the links that women perceive between their engagement in craftmaking and their wellbeing. The research was funded by Victoria University and Spotlight Pty Ltd, a large Australian retailer of fabrics, wool and craft supplies. In the book we explore the meaning of craft and craftmaking to women and the key themes that have emerged from the research including: creative and self expression, wellbeing, community and intergenerational links and pleasure and passion for the craft itself. There are 15 individual women and one group highlighted in the book with images of their craftwork and their stories and ideas about the meaning of craft to them. 'I love the feel of the quilts. I love the look of them. I love giving them to people. It's touched something in me... a very basic thing. I get a lot of enjoyment out of the whole thing.' - Jenny Chantry. 'If I get upset or stressed, I'll go and sew. It keeps you sane, it's relaxing and it's almost therapeutic really. I just know that when I've been sewing, I feel better.' - Rae Fairweather
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