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New Book : ” Thinking Caps” by Maggi Toner-Edgar Dec 2011, Published by 2QT.

I am launching a book on Wed 29th Feb @7.30pm at Book case, Carlisle.

 

1. This book is only one little snapshot of the full extent of my 10 years of work on the creative process. My research findings in relation to the reflective process are hinted at in the book but it is illustrated with my hats.  The book is a personal artistic story, along with a sneak view into personal journals, which were a bearing of my soul and about my life experience – during a roller coaster journey, which was the death of my sister and two other family members. The hats are the vehicle used to tell a story – which is poignant in parts and inspiring in others.

 

2. The research  work I carried out behind this book, investigated how people learnt from  their own practical experience.  It  shows how the creative process can be particularly beneficial for lifting your mind above and away from the depressing situation everyday.    It displays how clothing and  fabrics  can have meaning, and transmit visual messages and concepts often not recognised or fully understood.  It is a bit of millinery (hat making) and a bit of philosophy quite a quirky and unusual mixture, which sums me up really! This is a mini-memoir, which works   as a book in its own right when illustrated with the textile experiments hats.

Launching on Leap year day is pertinent as I refer to the benefits, I gained extra   days.   At 51 I didn’t expect to be alive,  writing books and starting a Style Business.  At the ages of 36 and 49 three of my family members had died, of breast and ovarian cancer, I had surgery and my   other sister is just in remission after 8 years and a mastectomy. It is living evidence of a journey through the tunnel and survival at the other end.


Thinking Caps


Thinking Caps

Maggi talks through her hats, telling a poignant story of love and loss, laced with inspirational creativity. She was a designer/maker who investigated how artists and designers think when they make, so that they could benefit from reflecting on their own experiential learning. As a result through her inspirational diaries, she uncovered her own thinking and the power of the creative artistic process of making and writing to lessen the effects of trauma and sadness.


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