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FOLK ART AND AGING: LIFE-STORY OBJECTS AND THEIR MAKERS. Jon Kay. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2016. Material Vernaculars. 138 pp. with 41 col. ills. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780253022165 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 175248. Publisher's description: Growing old doesn't have to be seen as an eventual failure but rather as an important developmental stage of creativity. Offering an absorbing and fresh perspective on aging and crafts, Jon Kay explores how elders choose to tap into their creative and personal potential through making life-story objects. Carving, painting, and rug hooking not only help seniors to cope with the ailments of aging and loneliness but also to achieve greater satisfaction with their lives. Whether revived from childhood memories or inspired by their capacity to connect to others, meaningful memory projects serve as a lens for focusing on, remaking, and sharing the long-ago. These activities often help elders productively fill the hours after they have raised their children, retired from their jobs, and/or lost a loved one. These individuals forge new identities for themselves that do not erase their earlier lives but build on them and new lives that include sharing scenes and stories from their memories.
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Worldwide Number: 175249
Paperbound $30.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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