“One More Stitch”: Relational Productivity and Creative Energy

Donna Bowman

in Cosmology, Ecology, and the Energy of God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780823238958
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823238996 | DOI:
“One More Stitch”: Relational Productivity and Creative Energy

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Personal productive energy—handmaking and creative expression—is one energy resource that is growing with the world population rather than being consumed at a faster rate. In its second decade, the internet became a potent tool for channeling that energy into production through organizational structures which disseminate skills more widely and comprehensively than traditional hands-on apprenticeships. Contrary to doomsday scenarios that forecast the decline of material engagement and the domination of virtual experience, crafting and knitting movements have exploded in the Web 2.0 era. Taking advantage of well-designed shapes and flows of information, the matter of the world can also be creatively shaped in ways that allow humans to exercise creative power in concert and collaboration with the divine.

Keywords: handmaking; craft; internet; creativity; material; knitting

Chapter.  6105 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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