Stitchery Me, Stitchery Do

  • Julie Brien University of Auckland, New Zealand
Keywords: autoethnography, quilting, culturally responsive practice, identity, craft


While seeking to understand teachers’ philosophy on culturally responsive practice in the classroom, I used quilt-making to physically manifest my own story and those of my participants as method in an autoethnographic project.  The craft of quilt-making became a metaphor for my past, yet spoke so much of my present and my future and provided something tangible with which we could all connect.  Through the crafting and construction of the quilt I was able to explore and connect my experiences with those of my participants, our beliefs and personal philosophies of being Pākehā̄ (descendant of settler ancestors) teachers in secondary classrooms.  The craft and autoethnography were in response to the project yet they speak louder than the project itself.

Author Biography

Julie Brien, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Julie Brien is a secondary teacher and mother who loves to make things. She is intrigued by identity formation, craft as an art form, arts based research and culturally responsiveness. Her PhD study in 2018 will focus on these areas.


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