Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Exploration into the Transformational Process of Traditional Hawaiian Quiltmaking
by Plessner, Gayle Shapiro, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016, 213; 10255954
Abstract (Summary)

This research explored Jung’s development of the concept of soul and its manifestation in the material world. In particular, this phenomenological study investigated Hillman’s anima mundi, the soul in and of the world, and how individual and community transformation occurred through the making of traditional Hawaiian quilts by hand. Using qualitative organic inquiry, ten participants including the researcher were asked to describe their emotional, psychological, and relational experiences of quiltmaking—thus integrating the handmade art into the very heart of this dissertation. The findings validated the social, healthful, and emotional benefits of quiltmaking by hand, having strong implications for clinical work and the process of individuation. Individuation achieved through the making and completion of one’s quilt was not just the creative journey of an individual soul, but a shared community endeavor that created enduring social bonds serving to perpetuate the tradition of Hawaiian quiltmaking. One of the most significant findings addressed Jung’s belief that soul lives among us in the material world. Further studies might examine individual and co-creative endeavors to compare creative, social, and transformational experiences. Also, further exploration into Jung’s notion of the soul of the object may deepen our understanding of soul and its delivery into the tangible world through the work of our hands.

Keywords: depth psychology, Jungian soul of object, transformation, traditional Hawaiian quiltmaking, creativity, collective experience.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lewis, Christine
Commitee: Gordon, Beverly, Thomas, Douglas
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychotherapy
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 78/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Native American studies, Textile Research
Keywords: Collective experience, Creativity, Depth psychology, Hawaiian quiltmaking, Jungian soul of object, Transformation
Publication Number: 10255954
ISBN: 9781369544190
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