Blog - Craft Elicitation: Connecting and finding meaning through craft

Hayes, Tracy, Larmour, Caroline and Larmour, Lauren (2021) Blog - Craft Elicitation: Connecting and finding meaning through craft. BERA Blog .

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‘The eldest ones said that the laughter and tears are sewn right into the quilt, part and parcel, stitch by stitch. Emotions, experiences, heartbreak, mourning, pain and regret, stitched into the cloth, along with happiness, satisfaction, cheer, comfort, and love. The finished quilts were a living thing, a reflection of the spirits of its creators.’ Stafford-Wilson, 2015, p. 89
In this blog, we explain the concept of ‘craft elicitation’, conceptualised by Caroline Larmour (2019) during her uncompleted doctoral study. Covid-19 took her from us in December 2020. All too soon. Caroline loved the quotation above – it exemplified to her how crafting can be connecting. In using it, we are both honouring her memory and embracing her methodology, through stitching together her words with those of her eldest daughter, Lauren, and her colleague/friend Tracy Hayes. This is more than a legacy piece. We intend this to be a ‘… living thing’ (Stafford-Wilson, 2015) that contributes to discourses around creativity in higher education and outlines an innovative approach to educational research.

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Journal / Publication Title: BERA Blog
Publisher: BERA
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Departments: Departments > Institute of Health > Social Work, Children and Families
Depositing User: Tracy Hayes
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2021 13:18
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2021 13:18
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6218

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