We encourage you to watch the pre-session viewing before watching the recording of the live Study Day session.
Attendees shared comments and questions about this session on a padlet (a website that anyone can add to). The padlet has now been archived, and can be accessed via the main Study Day page.
Stitching Together / FilmGeographies film screenings:
Cherry Colour Buttonholes – Brenda Miller (2016, 5 minutes)
Threads of Identity – Lynn Setterington (2016, 5 minutes)
Emotional Fit – Katherine Townsend, Ania Sadkowska, Jim Boxall (2017, 10 minutes)
This film explores fashion and ageing through sequences that communicate the embodied knowledge and sense of agency a group of mature women (55-75) from Nottingham possess through engagement with the materials and processes of clothing design. The film is an outcome of participatory research into designing for longevity based on the changing aesthetic and physiological needs of older female consumers. Filmed during a series of co-creative workshops, photo shoots and ‘trying on’ sessions, it conveys the women’s experience of wearing different garments and textiles and the sense of empowerment this provides when the physical and emotive aspects come together.
One Day When We Were Young – Mah Rana (2016, 6 minutes)
In contrast to mainstream film representations of dementia care that often focus on caregiver burden and a resulting poor quality of life, One Day When We Were Young shows how crafting together uncovers an alternative narrative of care that is reciprocal, strengthening, and liberating. ‘With the TV switched off and contents of a sewing kit arranged on a wooden tray, this signals that the living room has temporarily been transformed into a well-making space.’ Part of The Power of Making: Material Affect by Hackney and Rana (2016).
Sally Stone: Yarnstorming in Rowntree Park, York 2013-2021
This presentation defines yarnstorming and provides information about the community yarnstorming projects that have been organised in Rowntree Park, York since 2013. It covers the project objectives, how people can join in, what is offered at the workshops, and illustrates both the individual projects and their participants. Feedback, provided by those who have taken part in the projects, is presented on the themes of being creative, sharing the experience, community, and fundraising. A summary of the key aspects of participants’ experiences is then provided.
Recording of the live session
- Brenda Miller (Cherry Colour Buttonholes) and Mah Rana (One Day When We Were Young) in conversation, facilitated by Jessica Jacobs of FilmGeographies
- Pina Santoro and Rose Sinclair in conversation: Doing-making-sharing-collecting-documenting (see below)
- Sally Stone (Yarnstorming in Rowntree Park) and Katherine Townsend (Emotional Fit) in conversation, facilitated by Amy Twigger Holroyd
About the live presentation
Pina Santoro and Rose Sinclair in conversation: Doing-making-sharing-collecting-documenting
In this session Rose Sinclair and Pina Santoro shared conversations around migration stories and heritage and how these have informed our approaches to communal practices of stitch. They discussed how these contribute to new methodologies and ways of collecting and archiving. In their discussion they unpicked what it means to recreate home and space and giving life to objects through stories, and how objects can hold traditions, inviting intergenerational discourses. Their research trajectories are immersed in doing and engaging with others, and in the doing making becomes the sharing and then the documenting of the making. They unpick what it means to make and stitch within their communities which are often seen as othered.
Dr Jessica Jacobs is a geographer whose work focuses on how researchers can use collaborative filmmaking and handicraft projects to map place, produce alternative knowledges to text and critically engage a wider audience. Her current projects include a workshop for young people filming place in Al Khalifa in Cairo, producing a handcrafted community map in southern Jordan, and using crafts and film to map gentrification in south London.
Dr Emma Shercliff and Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd are the coordinators of the Stitching Together network.