Obsession, Guilt, Subterfuge and Penury: The Rhetoric of Addiction and the Construction of Creative Identity in Australian Quilters’ Magazines

By Rosemary Williamson.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Quilt-making has enjoyed great popularity in Australia, as in other countries, since a resurgence of interest in the craft in the 1970s. Specialised quilters' magazines emerged and proliferated in Australia from the late 1980s. While some of the magazines are mainly instructional, others feature editorials and other content, including profiles of quilt-makers, that emphasise the benefits of quilt-making to individuals and to communities. The article explores the ways in which quilters' magazines integrate a rhetoric of addiction in their construction of the identity of "the quilter," a ploy seemingly at odds with the overall positive and promotional tone of the magazines. Drawing on two prominent Australian quilters' magazines (Down Under Quilts and Quilters Companion) over a five-year period, the article demonstrates that the concept of addiction is exploited within the magazines to reinforce the quilter's creative drive, her communal belonging and her vocation.

Keywords: Magazines, Writing, Quilting, Creative Industries

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 11, pp.163-170. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 536.816KB).

Rosemary Williamson

Student, School of English, Communication and Theatre, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia

Rosemary Williamson is currently completing a PhD in the School of Arts, University of New England, Australia. Her research interests include special interest magazine publication in Australia, particularly patchwork/quilting magazines, and the ways in which the magazines foster the personal and professional development of their readers as individuals and as members of extended communities.


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