Slow occupation

Youngson, Annabel and Wilby, Helen (2017) Slow occupation. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80 (S8). p. 1.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0308022617724785

Abstract

Aim: The aim of this workshop is to introduce and explore slow occupation through slow stitching.

Background: The slow movement, developed following Honore’s 2004 book ‘In Praise of Slow’, focuses on living ‘at the right speed’. It is about doing things as well as possible rather than as fast as possible. Slow occupation is something that occupational therapists might wish to consider in our increasingly fast-paced world. Slow occupation is about giving ourselves permission to relax, unplug and savour time. This may be beneficial to occupational therapists and clients alike. This workshop will focus on the slow occupation of slow stitching, based on the work of Claire Wellesley-Smith (2015). Slow occupation has value when undertaken on an individual basis and in groups. Group engagement provides opportunity for dual connection with the materials used and with fellow group members.

Session plan: Participants will be introduced to slow hand stitching using simple running stitches. Different textiles, needles and threads will be available for participants to experience the feel of materials, to appreciate colours, to take time choosing and to reflect on choice. Participants will be given the opportunity to engage mindfully and connect with a simple sewing project, exploring stitching and where it takes them. No sewing experience is required.

Resources: A large room with tables.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publisher: SAGE Publications / College of Occupational Therapists
ISSN: 1477-6006
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Rehabilitation and Social Work > Rehabilitation
Additional Information: Meeting/session abstract: S2A.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 15:25
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2017 11:17
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3243

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