Craft in Art Therapy: Diverse Approaches to the Transformative Power of Craft Materials and Methods

1st Edition

Lauren Leone

Routledge
July 13, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 208 Pages - 101 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367343163 - CAT# 321067

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Summary

Craft in Art Therapy is the first book dedicated to illustrating the incorporation of craft materials and methods into art therapy theory and practice.

Contributing authors provide examples of how they have used a range of crafts including pottery, glass work, textiles (knitting, crochet, embroidery, and quilting), paper (artist books, altered books, book binding, origami, and zines), leatherwork, and Indian crafts like mendhi and kolam/rangoli in their own art and self-care, and in individual, group, and community art therapy practice. The book explores the therapeutic benefits of a range of craft materials and media, as well as craft’s potential to build community, to support individuals in caring for themselves and each other, and to play a valuable role in art therapy practice.

Craft in Art Therapy demonstrates that when practiced in a culturally-sensitive and socially-conscious manner, craft practices are more than therapeutic—they also hold transformational potential.

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