Crafting Health: Craft and Creative Media

taught by Dr Eliza Burke

Short Course description

Crafting Health: Craft and Creative Media explores the application of traditional crafts and contemporary craft practices for healthcare and personal wellbeing. Techniques covered include paper crafting, collage and origami, textile based practices such as quilting, and manual arts such as wood carving and metal work. The short course will focus on how the repetitive or structured processes of craft activities make them ideal for community based and personal health projects and blend creative expression with functional outcomes. The short course includes a range of case studies and hands-on activities designed to introduce you to the key principles of craft practices in clinical and expressive therapies and community health projects.


Dr Eliza  Burke
Dr Eliza Burke

Dr Eliza Burke is an interdisciplinary researcher and writer with an MFA in Art Theory (University of Tasmania) and a PhD in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (Monash University). She is also an independent art curator and has held a variety of project co-ordination and management roles in the arts industry and the tertiary education sector. She teaches and has assisted on many research projects across the disciplines of Sociology and Art Theory, with particular expertise in mental health and gender theory, and contemporary arts practices. She has published her own research in Feminist Media Studies, Australian Feminist Studies and Counselling, Psychotherapy and Health and regularly contributes to the Asia-Pacific arts magazine, Artlink.