Special Issue: Making as Method: Reimagining Traditional and Indigenous Notions of “Craft” in Research Practice


  • Esther Fitzpatrick The University of Auckland
  • Rosemary C Reilly Concordia University




craft, ekphrastic, decolonisation, identity, collaboration


In this special issue of “making as method” we aim to help shift the cultural narrative about craft by celebrating a diverse range of creative researchers who disrupt Western ways of knowing, celebrate a reclaiming of Indigenous knowledge and methods, provide space for decolonising practices, and in this digital age, reimagine traditional and Indigenous notions of craft in research. These authors in this issue all theorise their craft and provide, a rich and varied theoretical justification for “making as method.”  

Author Biographies

Esther Fitzpatrick, The University of Auckland

Esther Fitzpatrick, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Throughout her doctorate, as an autoethnographic project, Esther became increasingly interested in craft and ekphrastic poetry as innovative methods, to make sense of complex issues for emerging identities in postcolonial societies. She has since published broadly and has a variety of teaching and research interests including culturally sustaining pedagogies, narrative inquiry, critical theory and pedagogy, arts-based methods, philosophy of education, postcolonial studies, white identity, decolonising practices, neoliberalism, and teacher identity. Esther is particularly interested in innovative research collaborations.

Rosemary C Reilly, Concordia University

Rosemary C. Reilly, PhD, CCFE, is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec. She is also a Member Scholar Academic of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology. Her research interests include the impact of trauma on neighbourhoods and communities, collective healing strategies and systemic resilience, creativity, and qualitative and arts-based research methodologies. She also learned embroidery as a child from her mother, knitting from her mother-in-law, and continues to explore crafting as a research methodology and for her own well-being.


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How to Cite

Fitzpatrick, E., & Reilly, R. C. (2019). Special Issue: Making as Method: Reimagining Traditional and Indigenous Notions of “Craft” in Research Practice. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 4(1), i-xvi. https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29464