Material World: meet the healthy craft experts

Making is fantastic way to boost your mood and combat stress (I explain why in the pages of Material World). Here are the two experts I interviewed about it …

Who? Betsan Corkhill

Why? Having noticed an onslaught of anecdotal evidence about the feel-good effect of craft, the physiotherapist-turned-knitting therapist set up Stitch Links in 2005, an organisation dedicated to researching what’s actually going on when we make.

Where can I see more? Head over to

Who? Dr Joanne Turney

Why? The design historian, who is based at Bath Spa University, has studied the psychological impact of textiles.

Where can I see more? The Bath Spa University website has details of her past, present and future works, as does the Bath School of Art and Design.


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