Crafting Care

Occurring Dates
Participant Duration
Up to four two-hour workshops, occuring once a fortnight.
State of study
New South Wales

Have you been the carer of someone with dementia? In this research project, we want to support carers to craft and share important messages about their experience of caring for a loved one with dementia.

We found the term “craftivism” helpful to think about what we would like to do. “Craftivism” is a gentle form of protest that appeals to people who might not identify as activists, but who still want to make a positive difference in the world about an issue that is important to them. As “craftivists” we will use low tech processes like stitching, and easy to access materials like fabric and thread, to share important messages. Sewing or drawing experience are not necessary for the workshops, and you will be guided through the various steps and processes by Michele Elliot, an experienced artist and facilitator.

Taking part in this project will involve participating in up to four, two-hour workshops at the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, or you can also join remotely via Zoom

  • Workshop 1: Mon 12 April, 12:30-2:30pm
  • Workshop 2: Mon 26 April, 12:30-2:30pm
  • Workshop 3: Mon 10 May, 12:20-2:30pm
  • Workshop 4: Mon 24 May, 12:30-2:30pm

Each session will be guided by artist and researcher Michele Elliot, who will lead participants through a series of tasks and open discussions. We will work together to decide where, and how, the work that is created can be shared.

Who can take part?

  • Anyone who has a lived experience of caring for someone with dementia
  • You must be 18+ years old
  • You must be conversant in English
  • You must have access to a private computer and internet
Further information

To express your interest or find out more about the project, contact Ms. Chloe Watfern, Research Associate, SPHERE Knowledge Translation Strategic Platform, on 0406 484 429 or at [email protected].

This study has been approved by the UNSW Human Research Ethics Committee, approval number HC200872.

Study Address
Participants may choose to attend workshops in person at the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, or they can also join remotely via Zoom.
Full Name
Chloe Watfern
Sydney Partnership for Health Education Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) Knowledge Translation Strategic Platform
Phone Number
0406 484 429