Secret Stash: Textiles, Hoarding, Collecting, Accumulation and Craft

In this essay, I look first at the history of hoarding and bring this discourse up to date to examine the recent pathologization of hoarding as a mental disease through its 2013 acceptance into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of

Secret Stash: Textiles, Hoarding, Collecting, Accumulation and Craft

In this essay, I look first at the history of hoarding and bring this discourse up to date to examine the recent pathologization of hoarding as a mental disease through its 2013 acceptance into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of

Shopping Cartographies

“Shopping Cartographies.” In The Vancouver Carts: Photographs by Kelly Wood. James Patten, ed. London: Black Dog Publishers, 2016. A catalogue essay to accompany the exhibition and publication of The Vancouver Carts by photographer Kelly Wood. Excerpt: “Kelly Wood’s photographs record

Shopping Cartographies

“Shopping Cartographies.” In The Vancouver Carts: Photographs by Kelly Wood. James Patten, ed. London: Black Dog Publishers, 2016. A catalogue essay to accompany the exhibition and publication of The Vancouver Carts by photographer Kelly Wood. Excerpt: “Kelly Wood’s photographs record

Four Houses, Never at Home: Tents, Capitalism and the Fabric of Living

It seems, these days, that tents are everywhere. In the wake of natural disasters, in the face of manufactured crises, after conflict, and on the edge of borders, can be found fragile, ephemeral fabric dwellings. This paper tells the stories

Four Houses, Never at Home: Tents, Capitalism and the Fabric of Living

It seems, these days, that tents are everywhere. In the wake of natural disasters, in the face of manufactured crises, after conflict, and on the edge of borders, can be found fragile, ephemeral fabric dwellings. This paper tells the stories

Quilts for the 21st Century: Activism in the Expanded Field of Quilting

“Quilts for the Twenty-First Century: Activism in the Expanded Field of Quilting” In Handbook of Textiles, eds. Janis Jefferies, Hazel Clark and Diana Wood Conroy. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2014, pp. 197-210. In this chapter, I begin by exploring the rich

Quilts for the 21st Century: Activism in the Expanded Field of Quilting

“Quilts for the Twenty-First Century: Activism in the Expanded Field of Quilting” In Handbook of Textiles, eds. Janis Jefferies, Hazel Clark and Diana Wood Conroy. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2014, pp. 197-210. In this chapter, I begin by exploring the rich

Petrotextiles

The Petrotextiles project is one of my contributions to the Visualizing the Invisible project. It is made up of a series of research papers and talks documenting the fraught relationship between textiles and oil. So far, this project has been

Petrotextiles

The Petrotextiles project is one of my contributions to the Visualizing the Invisible project. It is made up of a series of research papers and talks documenting the fraught relationship between textiles and oil. So far, this project has been

Curiouser and Curiouser: Micro-museums and Micro-museology

Small and micro-museums (self-funded collections, accessible to the public, and often developed around the passionate interest of a single person) have long been the outliers of museum studies. I suggest that this is about to change. Such museums, including in

Curiouser and Curiouser: Micro-museums and Micro-museology

Small and micro-museums (self-funded collections, accessible to the public, and often developed around the passionate interest of a single person) have long been the outliers of museum studies. I suggest that this is about to change. Such museums, including in

Haystack Mountain School of Craft

In May, 2015, I was fortunate to be accepted to the second Open Studio Residency at Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, Maine. What an amazing experience! I spent two weeks disconnected from the outside world, writing, writing,

Haystack Mountain School of Craft

In May, 2015, I was fortunate to be accepted to the second Open Studio Residency at Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, Maine. What an amazing experience! I spent two weeks disconnected from the outside world, writing, writing,