John - Memory Cafe Participant
John began the session a little quietly and it appeared he was not confident with embroidery, however after he began to form conversations and interest with other participants it was made evident he had a history with the textile industry and even enjoyed sewing. He relayed memories of working with socks and hosiery, discussed his family; having four younger sisters who he would help with sewing and art activities. At the end of the session his daughter came to pick him up, she said:
“He’s always been able to sew, he used to sew my Barbie clothes from curtains.” I thought this was so interesting, the haptic memory of using the needle and thread had helped him to discuss his identity.