Threading Life Stories: Embroidery as an Engaged Method

Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)


The social sciences has long relied on spoken language as a way of making sense of people’s lived realities. Because of limitations of the spoken language, it becomes crucial to think of the role that art as creative resources to storytelling and knowledge production might offer, and the power of embodied sharing through embroideries as a form of artistic expression. This chapter considers embroideries as a liberatory and engaged method that acknowledges various ways in which stories can be told over time, drawing from history and marrying them with the present. We look at the ways in which embroideries allow and offer space for the embodied to be externalised, felt and released onto a canvas that shows the contours, straight lines, holes, and spaces in between. We also speak to some of the challenges that might be experienced when engaging in visual methods such as embroideries.


Embroideries Aesthetics Visual methods Knowledge production Liberatory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.The Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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