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Prosumption practices within DIY

Conference contribution
Authors Anneli Palmsköld
Published in SIEF2019 14th Congress: Santiago de Compostela, Spain 14-17 April 2019
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Conservation
Language en
Keywords craft consumption; prosumption; participatory consumerism; DIY; Ravelry
Subject categories Other Natural Sciences, Ethnology


The paper explores the ”creative relations” (Vachhani 2013:93) between craft consumers and the commodities they are searching for in order to craft and to create. A craft person has the ability to identify the promises that lies in raw materials and in forms and details that can be used, reused and decontextualized. Commodities can work as active materials, leading to ideas (and fantasies) about what they can become and be transformed into when bought. How “prosumption” or ”participatory consumerism” works within this group of consumers will be explored, using examples from the contemporary DIY-world, and connected to social media such as the knit and crochet community Ravelry (Knott 2013). Questions asked are: How are crafters involved in “participatory consumerism”? How do they engage with materials (Ingolds 2013:22)? Which creative possibilities will be enabled within the concept of ”prosumption”?

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