Rachael Hardacre MA Design: Textile Practice

Rachael Hardacre

Combining my interest in arts for health and textiles, I produced a piece of autobiographical work that tells my story of the relationship I have with grief as a result of emotional stress, specifically infertility. Using my practice as a therapy, I was able to explore and express the feelings and emotions linked to infertility and grief, while using the processes I have developed through my MA course as a tangible way to work through some of the trauma associated with my condition.

It was important to bring an element of fragility to my work to keep inline with the fragility of my mental health but to also convey to the audience both the strength needed to work through grief, and also that ultimately the difficulties we face can be positive and are often a necessity to our pychological and spiritual growth as humans.