Crafting stories in the domestic archive

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The Knitting and Crochet Guild archive, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire hosts a vast array of handmade items, including clothing, artifacts, yarns, and samples, as well as tools, pattern leaflets, booklets, and magazines. This article explores how the collection was used as a starting point for engaging students in new experiential encounters with the archive, as both a concept and as a container for material histories of the past. Two theoretical frameworks of investigation provide an intertwining methodology for reading the project: the first operates as a feminist narrative of intervention in the history of textile craft making, and the second considers how the "thought-images" of Walter Benjamin provide a tool for thinking through student responses. It is argued that as a repository of the home crafts, Lee Mills provides historical materialism with the experiential investigation it needs for a critical pedagogy of the present.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-46
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Modern Craft
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015


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