“Stitch for stitch, you are remembering”: knitting and crochet as material memorialization

Fisk, A. (2019) “Stitch for stitch, you are remembering”: knitting and crochet as material memorialization. Material Religion, 15(5), pp. 553-576. (doi: 10.1080/17432200.2019.1676621)

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This article explores the role of the crafts of knitting and crochet in memorialization, an aspect of how contemporary knitting culture uses craft as a means of connecting with the sacred. It argues that knitting and crochet as material memorialization is part of wider trends in late modernity: the sacralization of the family; the preoccupation with the past; and the seeking of connection with that which is perceived to have been lost. Drawing on qualitative interviews, it discusses participants’ craft projects used to honor maternal heritage, uncover marginalized histories, make space for reflection in commemoration and grieving, maintain the presence of the dead, and provide tactile comfort in the face of loss.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fisk, Dr Anna
Authors: Fisk, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Material Religion
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1751-8342
Published Online:07 November 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Material Religion 15(5): 553-576
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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