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DIY and Handmade 2.0

Hello! I've really enjoyed reading everyone's posts so far. What an interesting and generous group of scholars, thinkers and makers.

My name is Jacquie Wallace and I'm a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Communication and Cultural Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. I’m in my fourth year of the program and am in the midst of doing my fieldwork for my dissertation, currently titled: Women’s Creative Labor: DIY Networks and the Indie Crafts Movement.

I'm a former start-up and design junkie (part of the team that founded veer.com). I returned to grad school a few years ago to research questions of digital culture, creative work, technology and gender. My research focuses on DIY design and craft, and includes a case study and digital ethnography of Etsy as well interviews with the designers, crafters and makers, and participation in community events that are part of the indie craft scene in Canada and the US.

More specifically, my research program looks at the ‘new’ indie crafts movement as a cultural economy—of women’s cultural production, informal networks and micro-entrepreneurship—a highly contemporary cultural and economic phenomenon buoyed by the rise of the so-called creative class, a do-it-yourself ethic and a broader conception of craftwork as ‘Handmade 2.0’, implying an intersection with digital media, new technologies and networked communications.

I also sew and quilt and am documenting my creative projects as part of a self-reflexive methodology.

You can read more on my project here or drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.

I’m also on the board of the Fembot Collective and have started a HASTAC group under that moniker.

I’m looking forward to a fantastic year!

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