Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Work to craft

Work - Paper - Craft                  

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     “Paper” (or craft as a metaphor) on the other hand is about providing the artificial world of things, which may outlive the individual life that has produced these things.; the process of ”Paper” involve working upon the material of the world to create a stability and solidity that can house the unstable mortal creature ( Blamires, H. (2011). \
       Creating a garment knowlingly that it has been worked with labour from a raw item: shorn fleece from the sheep, cleansed, dyed, scoured and spun to then be produced by craft for wear explains my sense of the variances in work and labour.
      My garment will hopefully continue to be completed with the sourcing of more wool. Completion will give me another resting area knowing that I have made the jumper for my grand daughter to keep warm over the winter. With the summer months approaching this means I am pressured to complete the jumper. As summer approaches this usually means less time time to sit and ponder on crafts.  I can put the knitting needles in the bag that contain all the other needles required for different wools. The pattern will be slotted in its place of crafts and hopefully remembered for next winter. Sadness, gratitude and rememberance guide me to put these tools of my craft away. Knowing that I can return to the craft when I choose. This is the delight of learning a craft having the belief that it still awaits your return, finished or unfinished, whatever state it may be in raw or yet to be discovered.
      The choice or dilemma we decide on our occupation, how our effort is determined in the creation of our design. Our participation in the occupation can involve one or more.
       Can we work harder at it? Is it labour or work?  This is decided upon our survival. If we are dependent on the craft that we are producing for means of survival then it is only work.

References required for Blog posts:
Caulton, R. & Dickson, R. (2007). Whats going on? Find an explanation for what we do.
       Chichester. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Collingwood, R. (1945) The principles of art. Oxford: Clarendon. in  Davies, S., Higgins, K., Hopkins, R. Stecker, R. & Cooper, D. (2009) A companion to aesthetics. (2nd ed) Blackwell Publishing.

Crepau, E., Cohn, E., Boyt Schell, B., Willard, H., & Spackman, C. (2007). Willard   and   Spackman's occupational therapy. USA: Lippencott, Williams & Wilkins. 

Fisher, M., & Yeats, M. (1995). Interview with Martin Fisher - violin maker. Occupation, 3(2), 25-33.

Knitting pictures (2011). Retrieved from
Stone, G. V. M. (2005). Personal and environmental influences on occupations. In C.H. Christiansen, C. M. Baum, and J. Bass-Haugen (eds.), Occupational therapy: Performance, participation, and wellbeing (3rd ed.). Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated
                             Cara Tate said...
Hi Lyn, I love the way you have used a poem to describe your activity and how you have related yourself to the craft/work of knitting too. Cara :)
                Izabela said...
Hi Lyn, work and craft is beautifully combined in the poem that you posted. I found your post to be very personal and emotional. The activity that you described seems to have the potential of being very beneficial in an occupational therapy setting for someone who has the skills or willingness to learn. From a strict course requirement point of view, the only think I can think of to add to your post, would be drawing more on the references. Apart from that I really enjoyed reading your post.
Lyn Participation in Occupation... Reply to Izabela
Hi Izabela,
Knitting has a little skill, but most of all the willingness to learn. Appreciate the input on usage of references. Personally have found this difficult to do in personal reflection and activity.
Divika Reddy said...
Hi Lyn,

I agree with Cara that you have made good use of literature by incorporating a poem to illustrate the relevance of craft as work :)

Cheers Divika

                          ARMYJEAN said...
HI Lyn, what a deep explanation of how you connect your activity to affordances - communication. I agree when you said that you tend to commit mistake if you the lack of inattention and connection to the task. I can imagine the frustration it may bring. To improve your blog, you could probably separate ideas in paragraph and give space each paragraph to promote a lighter flow of the story ;)
S                Shaani Nelson    said...

Hey, hey Lyn!!!
This really showed me the potential value of 'knitting' as an occupation and the meaning it has to you personally. I felt the references you used supported your statements well. The only area for potential improvement I felt was that it could have had a better layout. Although it was clear what concept (e.g. Affordance - environment -spirituality) you were writing about, it would have made it clearer if you were more consistent. For example the layout you used for 'spirituality' was well done but it needed to be consistent with the other concepts.


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