War brides: a practice-based examination of translating women’s voices into textile art

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dc.contributor.author Beccue-Barnes, Wendy Davis
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-24T18:22:47Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-24T18:22:47Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-24
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/13632
dc.description.abstract Research about military wives has been limited. In academia, most research centers on the soldier and/or the family as a unit. When literature does address only the wife’s perspective it rarely presents a positive portrayal of her life. However, it is not just literature that shows a gap in exposing the voice of the military wife. Art-based works rarely focus on her perspective; and methodologies, such as practice-based research, rarely utilize actual voices as inspiration. The aim of the current study was to discover the voice of the military wife, examine it through a feminist lens, and then translate those voices into artwork that represented the collective, lived experience of the women interviewed. Three methodologies were utilized to analyze and translate the voices of military wives into textile art. These three methodologies: practice-based research, phenomenology, and feminist inquiry provided a suitable structure for shaping the study to fulfill the project aim. Interviews conducted with 22 military wives revealed two overarching themes: militarization and marriage; as well as multiple subthemes. Three subthemes were recognized as being the most prominent: relationships, separation, and collective experience. These themes were used as the inspiration for the creation and installation of three textile art pieces. The current study serves to fill the gaps in both the literature and the artistic process by presenting both the positive and negative aspects of the military wife’s lived experience and using that lived experience as inspiration for textile art. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Military wives en_US
dc.subject Practice-based research en_US
dc.subject Textile art en_US
dc.subject Design research en_US
dc.subject Qualitative methods en_US
dc.subject Feminist inquiry en_US
dc.title War brides: a practice-based examination of translating women’s voices into textile art en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design en_US
dc.description.advisor Sherry J. Haar en_US
dc.subject.umi Design (0389) en_US
dc.subject.umi Military Studies (0750) en_US
dc.subject.umi Women's Studies (0453) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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