Expressive textile arts as a caring medium for the vulnerable groups.

Chi Hin Lam (Corresponding Author), Sau Chuen Joe Au

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingChapter in an edited book (as author)Academic researchpeer-review


“Participation in the arts and accessed to a range of arts opportunities can dramatically improve health outcomes and increase wellbeing” (Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, p.3, 2012). By integrating the expressive textile arts processes and allowing one to flow into another, the service users including ex-mentally ill patients and ex-offenders in this service-learning project gained access to their inner resources for healing, self-awareness and creativity. This study provides an overview of the service-learning subject “Community engagement through expressive textile arts and fashion” including the concepts and practice of expressive textiles arts. The project implementation of the interactive textile arts and fashion creativity workshops delivered by the subject lecturers is further elaborated. The quantitative research method is adopted to evaluate the impact of the expressive textile arts on service recipients and students, and the reflections from the students are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationService-learning for youth leadership. The case of Hong Kong.
EditorsT.L. Daniel Shek, Grace Ngai, Stephen C. F. Chan
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages210
ISBN (Print)978-981-13-0447-7
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Arts and health
  • expressive textile arts
  • fashion creativity
  • vulnerable people
  • service-learning

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