Sharp Notions: Essays from the Stitching Life (Paperback)

Sharp Notions: Essays from the Stitching Life By Marita Dachsel (Editor), Nancy Lee (Editor) Cover Image
By Marita Dachsel (Editor), Nancy Lee (Editor)
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A wide-ranging anthology of personal essays from diverse voices about their relationships to the fibre arts.

Sometimes, the reliability of a knit stitch, the steady rocking of a quilting needle, the solid structure of a loom, is all you have. During the pandemic, fiber arts newbies discovered and lapsed crafters rediscovered that picking up some sticks and string or a needle and thread was the perfect way to reduce stress, quell anxiety, and foster creativity, an antidote to endless hours of doom-scrolling.

Chances are you or someone close to you is currently in an ecstatic relationship with yarn, thread, or fabric. As we struggle with the pressures, anxieties, and impacts of daily life, fiber arts--knitting, crocheting, embroidery, weaving, beading, sewing, quilting, textiles--can be an antidote, a mirror and a metaphor for so many of life's challenges. Part time machine, part meditation app, the simple act of working with one's hands instantly reduces the overwhelming scope of living to a human scale and the present moment.

In this nonfiction anthology, writers and artists from different backgrounds explore their complex relationships to fiber arts and the intersection of creative practice and identity, technology, climate change, trauma, politics, chronic illness, and disability.

In answer to
the mainstream craft space's tendency to centre the perspectives and careers of
white women, Sharp Notions showcases Black, Indigenous, South-Asian,
Chinese, and queer artists and makers and the cultural traditions of craft in
diasporic communities.

Accompanied by full-colour photographs throughout, these
powerful essays challenge the traditional view of crafting and examine the
role, purpose, joy, and necessity of craft amid the alienation of contemporary

About the Author

Marita Dachsel is the author of the poetry collections There Are Not Enough Sad Songs, Glossolalia, All Things Said & Done, and the play Initiation Trilogy. Her essays have appeared in multiple anthologies. She is an assistant teaching professor in the Writing Department at the University of Victoria. Nancy Lee is the author of two works of fiction, Dead Girls and The Age, and a poetry collection, What Hurts Going Down. She is an associate professor at the UBC School of Creative Writing and co-creator of the internationally acclaimed EdX education series, How to Write a Novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781551529257
ISBN-10: 1551529254
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
Publication Date: October 10th, 2023
Pages: 368
Language: English