Handywoman - Kate Davies
By Kate Davies
In 2010, at the age of 36, Kate Davies suffered a serious stroke.
This is not a book about Kate's triumph over adversity. Rather, it is her account of the ordinary activities and everyday objects that stroke and disability made her see differently. From braiding hair for the first time to learning how to knit again; from the lessons of a working-class creative childhood to the support of the contemporary knitting community; from the transformative effects of good design to developing a new identity as a disabled walker; in this engaging series of essays, Kate describes how the experience of brain injury allowed her to build a new kind of handmade life. Part memoir, part personal celebration of the power of making, in Handywoman Kate reclaims disability as in itself a form of practical creativity.
This is NOT a collection of knitting patterns but it is a beautifully written account of Kate's insight into the role craft plays in our lives, the power of making, the things we take for granted, and the ways life is changed by brain injury.
Kate Davies is an award-winning knitwear designer and author writing on many topics from disability and design to textile history and women’s history.