Women doing it forever: the everyday creativity of women craftmakers

Gandolfo, Enza and Grace, Marty (2010) Women doing it forever: the everyday creativity of women craftmakers. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art Therapy (ANZJAT), 5 (1). pp. 29-43. ISSN 1833-9948


In this article we discuss our narrative research project, The everyday creativity of women craftmakers. The research explores what craftmaking means to contemporary Australian women, including perceived links with their well-being.We filmed narrative interviews with 15 amateur women craftmakers. Each interview began with a guided tour of the woman's craftwork. The interviews explored in detail the complex and varied roles and meanings that craft has in these women's lives. We identified six key themes in the interviews: craft as a form of personal creative expression, craft making and well-being, intergenerational and familial connections through craft, the significance of making objects to give as gifts, social and community connections, the incorporation of craft skills into a sense of self and identity, and the pleasure,joy and love of making as an intrinsic aspect of craftmaking

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15967
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
Historical > FOR Classification > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords ResPubID20998, craft, women craftmakers, well-being
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