Journal Special Issue

Journal of Arts and Communities Double Special Issue

In Summer 2019 we launched a call for contributions to our special issue of the Journal of Arts and Communities. The call attracted such a strong response from researchers around the world that the project expanded into a double edition, published in March and December 2020.

This collection offers 15 excellent case studies of highly diverse research projects using participatory textile making methods, along with two editorial articles.


Microsoft Word - Document2Special Issue: ‘Stitching Together’ Part One:

Stitching Together: Participatory textile making as an emerging methodological approach to research – EMMA SHERCLIFF AND AMY TWIGGER HOLROYD

‘Art is different’: Material practice, learning and co-making at The Social Studio – GRACE MCQUILTEN AND AMY SPIERS

Stitching a sensibility for sustainable clothing: Quiet activism, affect and community agency – FIONA HACKNEY, CLARE SAUNDERS, JOANIE WILLETT, KATIE HILL AND IRENE GRIFFIN

To be ‘skilled’ or not to be ‘skilled’? A case study exploring the interaction of two crafts in anthropological fieldwork in Madagascar – SARAH EMILY BROWN

Kōmako Quilters’ informal learning and the collective zone of proximal development: The ‘5×5 quilt’ project – LINDA CLAIRE WARNER, PIRITA SEITAMAA-HAKKARAINEN AND KAI HAKKARAINEN

‘Made with love, filled with hope’. Knitted Knockers and the materiality of care: Their impact on the women who make and receive them – JULIETTE MACDONALD AND ANDREA PEACH

Make/share: Textile making alone together in private and social media spaces – ALISON MAYNE

Having visits: Considerations on the researcher- as-host in participatory projects – ROSA TOLNOV CLAUSEN

Weaving and flying: Fusion, friction and flow in collaborative textile research – STEPHANIE BUNN


image001Special Issue: ‘Stitching Together’ Part Two:

Stitching together: Ethical dimensions and innovative approaches to participatory textile making – EMMA SHERCLIFF AND AMY TWIGGER HOLROYD

Re-Making fashion experience: A model for ‘participatory research through clothing design – KATHERINE TOWNSEND AND ANIA SADKOWSKA

Making HUGs: Crafting well-being benefits through social manufacturing – AIDAN TAYLOR, CATHY TREADAWAY, JAC FENNELL AND MENAI SIAN DAVIES

Knitting with my mother: Using interpretative phenomenological analysis and video to investigate the lived experience of dyadic crafting in dementia care – MAH RANA AND JONATHAN A. SMITH

The ‘Teal Quilt Project’: Understanding a community participatory textile making project as a site of research – MARSHA MACDOWELL

Stitching story and life together: Participatory textile making practices at a Harlem gallery – SARAH GERTH VAN DEN BERG AND MARIA LIU WONG

‘Threads of Identity’: Uncovering the benefits and tensions found in the hand-sewn signature as a method of engagement to challenge stereotypes about embroidering with boys – LYNN SETTERINGTON

Fabricating herstory: Using embroidery to map Bedouin tribal borders in South Sinai – JESSICA JACOBS