Employing handicrafts to communicate the course of trauma : a test in using handicrafts as an explanatory method

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dc.contributor.advisor Olsen, Daniel M., 1963-
dc.creator Willman, Lisa Anne
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-30T18:38:12Z
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-30T18:38:55Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-30T18:38:12Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-30T18:38:55Z
dc.date.created 2010-05
dc.date.issued 2010-11-30
dc.date.submitted May 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2010-05-1437
dc.description.abstract This report contains discussion of four design projects aimed to investigate the ability of handicrafts to communicate complicated subject matter. In this exploration, handicrafts are used to present the experience of recovering from a traumatic experience by challenging commonly held stereotypes about handicrafts. By breaking the trauma and recovery process into four distinct stages, each stage can be discussed in detail via the corresponding design piece. Consequently, each stage also allows for new opportunities to apply handicraft practices in new ways. Through this line of questioning, the four pieces expand upon the imagery, materiality, subject matter, and formal creation techniques typically used in handicraft projects. This collection adds to a greater body of work that intersects traumatic experiences with art and design and that explores the power of design as a communication tool. It opens the door for further investigation into the application’s potential as a teaching tool for trauma victims, nontraditional applications of the craft, its ability to aid in the recovery process, and the potential risk and benefit victims have from such work being done and from creating such pieces themselves.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Handicrafts
dc.subject Trauma
dc.subject Art therapy
dc.subject Cross-stitch
dc.subject Multi-media
dc.subject Needlecrafts
dc.subject Crafts
dc.subject Sexual abuse
dc.subject Violence
dc.subject Healing
dc.subject Recovery
dc.subject Therapy
dc.title Employing handicrafts to communicate the course of trauma : a test in using handicrafts as an explanatory method
dc.date.updated 2010-11-30T18:38:55Z
dc.contributor.committeeMember Hall, Peter A.
dc.description.department Art and Art History
dc.type.genre thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department Art and Art History
thesis.degree.discipline Design
thesis.degree.grantor University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Fine Arts

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