Alison Mayne is a researcher in handcraft, wellbeing, adoption and adaptation of social media platforms, everyday textiles and ethics in academic practice.
Her PhD - awarded in July 2018 - explored the different ways that amateur making in knit and crochet, crafted alone and shared on Facebook, could have implications for subjective perceptions of wellbeing.
Publications include selected proceedings, journal articles and a book chapter which reflect on aspects of her PhD study from ethics to digital community and challenging the dominant narrative in arts for health.
She has also spoken and written on representation of knit on Instagram, remaking historical C20th clothing, fashion in Spare Rib magazine and her own amateur textile practice. She was a recipient of the Women's History Scotland Research Bursary 2019 and is a University of Glasgow Visiting Library Fellow, funded by the William Lind Foundation for 2020.
Current work is focused on the affective properties of Scottish yarn and the textile archive held in the Hope MacDougall Collection at Dunollie Castle Museum and Grounds
Ravelry Store: Knitrospective
A note about branding
The illustrations on this site and used as my branding were generously designed by @Smizz. Originally part of my PhD dissertation, these continue their life in this aspect of my work (and also as a tattoo - but that's another story).