Crafting quality of life: creativity and wellbeing

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Grace, Marty, Gandolfo, Enza and Candy, Chelsey (2009) Crafting quality of life: creativity and wellbeing. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 11 (1). pp. 239-250. ISSN 1488-0989


The “Everyday Creativity of Women Craftmakers” is a narrative research project exploring the ways that contemporary women narrate the meanings of home craft-making in their lives. Craft-making enjoys continuing popularity among contemporary women including young women, and women from different cultures and socio-economic groups. Many of these women have busy lives; they are juggling domestic responsibilities, motherhood and paid work and yet they make time and space for their craft-making. In this article, we focus on three of our participants who are mothers with children still living at home, the meanings craft-making has for them, and how craft-making is linked with their well-being and quality of life. We discuss the ways these three women use craft as both an expression of themselves as mothers, and as escape or relief from the demands of mothering. We explore a number of key themes emerging from the research: craft-making as a challenge and a creative outlet; craft-making and gift giving; intergenerational connections; and the strong belief on the part of these women that craft-making is important and in some instances vital for their well-being, and contributes substantially to the quality of their lives.

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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
Historical > FOR Classification > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts
Historical > SEO Classification > 9501 Arts and Leisure
Keywords ResPubID16966. Everyday Creativity of Women Craftmakers, home craft-making, craft, creativity, motherhood, mothers, quality of life, well-being
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