Can Design Underpin a Strong Wellbeing?


It is understood that involvement in creative activities can boost wellbeing, theories behind Art and Design can also be useful to do this. One can live the life you want or live the life you are given. This is a choice that can be affected by health, work, relationships etc. In the last few years I have personally lost a job and gained a disability. This has inspired many different thoughts, a major one has been how creative doing and thinking can positively affect a new life after diagnosis, the same design principals can be used to approach a clothing brief to redesign a life. This all starts with identifying an issue and working out how best to meet that issue. My presentation would talk about a different application of design. It would also talk about creativity more generally as a means to boost resilience. It is not only a nice thing to do, it builds you back up after difficult times. I first studied fashion design, then careers guidance. My research investigates employability, disability and the impact that creativity has on someone’s life, the project is called Confident and Informed.

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Antonia Concha Philip Palmer, Queen Margaret University, United Kingdom

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Conference: ECAH2017
Stream: Arts - Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts

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