Quiet designs for reflective makers

The research blog contains reflections on current reading and writing about creativity, wellbeing, textiles, social media, archival work and the affective properties of Scottish yarn.

You will also find links to guest blog posts and academic publications in journals or book chapters. If you cannot access these please contact me and I will see what I can do.
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I started designing shawls during my PhD, which researched the connections between crochet, knit, wellbeing and Facebook.

When I was travelling, not sleeping or should have been reading/writing, I formed lots of patterns shapes and stitches. Once my PhD was complete I decided to launch Knitrospective. Links in this section of the site will take you to Payhip to download or purchase patterns.

Knitrospective designs - for charity
These are designs which raise awareness for a number of charities. Over 2020, these will include Refuge, Mermaids UK and The Scottish Book Trust. These are either free and ask you to consider making a donation or cost just £2.00 (before Payhip fees) and all the money I receive will go directly to the charity. I will post Payhip income and charity donation screenshots on Instagram @knitrospective.

Knitrospective designs - paid patterns
These are designs which include the developing collection of accessories called Women in the Stacks, inspired by important women librarians and the architecture of iconic libraries.
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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.


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Instagram: @Knitrospective

Twitter: @knittyphd

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).

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