Knitting Noodles: Creating a Playworld for Craft through Unconventional Material Experimentation.

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The article explores play that draws inspiration from an arena previously widely understudied: playful craft making using food as a medium for human-material interaction. Through using the theoretical and analytical framework of Johan Huizinga (1949) as a starting point, we analyse the emergence of the elements of play in a process of noodle knitting. In detail, we consider how food operates as a new material for the craft makers to work with, resulting in fluctuating intensity of play when knitting the pasta yarns. The methodology of the article leans on an autoethnographic approach complemented by cooperative analysis of the memories and experiences connected with the noodle knitting experiment. Results emphasised how the noodle knitting project created a world of its own as a result of imagination, and demanded its own order as the playful process unfolded. Essentially, the activity was considered as play by the practitioners, because of the feeling of fun connected with the unconventional craft material and the playworld of noodle knitting. As a conclusion, we propose that unexpected materials bring forward new forms of creativity, promoting a broader understanding of artistry and skilled making.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational journal of play
Volume2020
ISSN2159-4937
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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Knitting Noodles : Creating a Playworld for Craft through Unconventional Material Experimentation. / Kouhia, Anna; Janhonen, Kristiina.

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