Shedding the Shackles: Women's Empowerment through Craft (Hardcover)

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Shedding the Shackles: Women's Empowerment through Craft (Hardcover)


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A celebration of female inventiveness and aesthetic sensibility, Shedding the Shackles explores women's craft enterprises, their artisanal excellence, and the positive impact their individual projects have on breaking the poverty cycle.

In the first part of the twentieth century, suffering from a legacy inherited from the Victorian era, craft skills, such as weaving, sewing, embroidery, and quilting were regarded largely as women's domestic pastimes, and remained undervalued and marginalised. It has taken several decades for attitudes to change, for the boundaries between 'fine art' and craft to blur, and for textile crafts to be given the same respect and recognition as other media.

Featuring artisans and projects from across the globe Shedding the Shackles celebrates their vision and motivation giving a fascinating glimpse into how these craft initiatives have created a sustainable lifestyle, and impacted upon their communities at a deeper level.

Lynne Stein is a textile artist who originally trained as an exhibition and display designer, and as an art therapist. Lynne's work has been widely exhibited and she has been featured in magazines and journals as well as on BBC radio and TV broadcasts. Frequently running workshops, and giving talks and demonstrations, she has taught extensively in a variety of community, educational and healthcare settings, and within museums and galleries. Lynne has in the past received support from Arts Council England, organised a community project with AgeUK in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and ran an annual interfaith community textile project within a children's dental clinic in Jerusalem.
Product Details ISBN: 9781789940152
ISBN-10: 178994015X
Publisher: Herbert Press
Publication Date: July 27th, 2021
Pages: 192
Language: English

“This book offers readers a wide variety of art and technique to appreciate.” —Booklist

“Lynne Stein's beautiful book celebrates female crafts from across the globe.” —The Simple Things

“Lynne has not only written about the work but the people behind the work. … She has produced a book that is both informative and interesting … It is a lovely book to delve into.” —Books Threads

“there's no shortage of colorful images or descriptions of how women have made beautiful items.” —Jeannine Clegg, Threads

“This book takes the reader around the world through story and image [...] I will revisit this book time and again, and dive more deeply into global textile traditions. Take some time to travel along with Lynne, you will be glad you did!” —Explore Fiber