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Member of UW-Eau Claire psychology faculty publishes book on use of textile art therapy for women

January 10, 2012
Ann Collier
Dr. Ann Futterman Collier

EAU CLAIRE —  A member of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire psychology faculty has written a book that explores how the use of textile arts and handcrafts in therapy can contribute to women's psychological well-being.

Dr. Ann Futterman Collier, an adjunct assistant professor in the UW-Eau Claire psychology department and a faculty research fellow, has had her book, "Using Textile Arts and Handcrafts in Therapy with Women: Weaving Lives Back Together," published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Collier said her book is geared toward mental health professionals, fiber artists and anyone who enjoys working in the textile arts, including knitting, weaving, rug-hooking, felting, sewing and quilting.

"There has been a resurgence in textile handcraft-making, often called the 'craft revolution,'" Collier said. "This is probably due to a number of reasons but includes the emerging 'do-it-yourself' generational value, a rejection of the consumer culture and an attraction to the sense of community that handcraft-specialty groups provide. Art-making with fabrics and fibers is a natural and creative method of self-expression and can enrich the healing process."

The publisher calls the book "a useful tool for therapists, students and female artists looking to build on self-exploration and anybody else interested in the therapeutic benefits that art-making with textiles can bring about." The book examines the role of fiber-based handcrafts in the lives of women today and addresses the psychology of this therapeutic approach and how to carry it out effectively with a wide range of clients.

Collier teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in abnormal psychology, global issues in women's mental health, counseling techniques, health psychology and art therapy theory at UW-Eau Claire. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with years of experience working with textile arts and therapy.

Collier received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from UCLA and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She has published 29 articles in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of cross-cultural psychology, community psychology, psycho-oncology and psychoimmunology. She recently had an article on textile art therapy published in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.

More information about the book, including ordering instructions, is available online from Jessica Kingsley Publishers. The book also is for sale through Amazon.com and at The Local Store in Eau Claire.

Additional information is available from Collier by calling 715-836-2487 or emailing colliead@uwec.edu.

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