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Hands

‘I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It’s amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.’

D.H Lawrence

This is an invitation for women to participate in some research on repetitive hand actions as a way of processing difficult emotional or personal issues. The researcher, Taryn Ferris, is interested if there is a link between the motor/meta processes of the mind and the hand. She wants to find out whether the repetitive and often rhythmically tasks performed with the hands provide a ‘safe site’ for the mind and the body to join in the dual process of ‘processing’ (thinking through and working through), which by the act of expelling mental energy through physical hand movement, assists to quell mental turmoil. Or put more basically – do (and how do) repetitive hand actions help calm women in times of stress.

This project has two parts:

Part 1: A short online survey available at this Hands Survey link.

Part 2: Submission of an image related to the survey. It is not essential that participants submit an image. You are welcome to participate in Part 1 only.

Participants who complete both Parts 1 & 2 will be included in a one-off book she is self-publishing to accompany the project analysis. I anticipate the book will be available to purchase at cost price (TBC) plus postage from UK by June 2008.

Taryn Ferris is currently completing Joint Hons Women’s Studies & Ethics at London Metropolitan University. After completing her major in Women’s Studies (Summer 2008) she plans to pursue post graduate studies within feminism and metaphysics.

Want to know more? Email Taryn on Taryn.Ferris.Hands.Project@googlemail.com.

Image from technowannabee used under Creative Comments License