Through craft, textiles and technology connections are being made between Cianalas, a Dementia Friendly Community based in the Outer Hebrides and Dementia Friendly East Lothian. With funding from Dementia Engagement Empowerment Project (DEEP).
Through Creative Clans, I have run a series of workshops with both groups including thermochromic totes, circular weaving and conductive pom-pom making. Following the workshops, I have been working with the communities to create in ways that connect us.
The group has chosen to use the circular weaving and pom-poms to craft bomb areas in their communities, raising awareness of the Dementia Friendly Communities and of the groups that they are part of.
Alongside this the groups will meet and make together at two gatherings one in September and another in October.
Published work from Sonic Flock:
Sonic Flock: using textile birds to start conversations within a Dementia Friendly Community in the Outer Hebrides. see the poster here: https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2019.1595459
Find out more here: bit.ly/Sonic_Flock
Some of the flock were adapted to into Sonic birds meaning when they are touched they sang their own birdsong.
These were displayed together at An Lanntair as part of Arora's Memory/Cuimhne Symposium.
They have now been gifted to those living with dementia throughout the Outer Hebrides. We visited 7 care homes throughout Lewis, Harris and the Uists.
The Images opposite have been taken by Paula Brown, Mhairi Law and Lucy Robertson.
Sonic Flock: using textile birds to start conversations within a Dementia Friendly Community in the Outer Hebrides
Published work from collaboration with Sara Nevay:
Crafting Textile Connections: A mixed-methods approach to explore traditional and e-textilecrafting for wellbeing
Read the paper here: https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2019.1595459
E-textiles: Crafting Connections for Wellbeing
On October the 27th 2017 PhD researcher Sara Nevay and I ran 'E-textiles: crafting connections for health and wellbeing' workshops as part of Make:Shift:Do Dundee 2017 at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.
And find out more about the workshop here:
Sonic Textiles for Health and Wellbeing by Lucy Robertson
Published in The Design Journal
Volume 20/Issue 5/ September 2017
‘Sonic Textiles for Health and Wellbeing’ outlines a PhD study using textiles as an interface for sound applied within health and wellbeing.
View the paper here: http://bit.ly/Paper1LR