My Hands are Cut and Sore: Toxicity and Creativity in a Workshop Environment

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


This paper will unpick my experience working as an architectural model maker (2014-17) in a London workshop. An experience that has shown itself resistant to traditional academic enquiry. By harnessing the therapeutic benefits of memory work (Ellis, C. & Bochner, A. 2000) the aim was to reconcile myself with the toxic aspects (both literal and figurative) of working in a workshop environment and disentangle these aspects from the ones that hold potential for creative contamination of my research and art practice. In putting this auto-ethnographic account together, I have drawn on sketchbook work, photographs taken in the workshop, the garments I wore and tools I have used and journal entries. The account has been developed with input from Art Bochner at the 'Evocative Auto-Ethnography' PhD course at RUC, DK in 2019.
Period23 Jul 2019
Event titleThe 6th British Conference of Autoethnography 2019: Activism, Social Justice & Collaboration
Event typeConference
Conference number6
LocationBristol, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational