Interactive textiles for well-being in dementia friendly communities

Lucy Robertson, Chris Lim, Wendy Moncur

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There is an urgent need for playful, personalised, interactive, comforting and tactile solutions that help those living with dementia to live positively ( Treadaway et al.,2014; Treadaway et al., 2019). Using research through design and a person centred approach focusing on the 'lived experience of people' (Reason, 1944), this paper explores the making and use of interactive textiles for well-being within two Dementia Friendly Communities (DFC) in Scotland. Working closely with these groups, the researcher designed and facilitated interactive textile workshops. Following the workshops, the DFC's decided they would 'craft bomb' (using craft to decorate) their communities with textiles to raise awareness of dementia, and invite the wider community to collaborate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Research for Change
Subtitle of host publicationCaring for People Living with Dementia
EditorsPaul Rodgers
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxfordshire
Number of pages14
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 Jun 2021

Publication series

NameDesign Research for Change


  • interactive textiles
  • dementia friendly communities
  • craft bombs


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