"Using your hands meaningfully triggers healthy engagement and activity in about 60 percent of your brain, said Alton Barron. The rhythmic, mathematical nature of knitting and crocheting keep the mind absorbed in a healthy way, providing an escape from stressful thoughts but allowing for internal reflection, said Carrie Barron.
While television can engage people from the outside, the mind requires stimulation from within in order to “free associate” or think imaginatively, she said. The psychiatrist suspects the return to knitting is a response to the rise in technology, much like the arts and craft movement followed the industrial revolution.
“There’s something so gratifying about taking strings and pieces and making them whole,” she said. “There’s something primitive and innate about that. The fragments of the mind also come together in that process. It’s a parallel process between the mind and the hands.”
J.D. Okhai Ojeikere (1930-2014) a Nigerian photographer, documented the hairstyles of young Nigerian women in the late 1960s. His Hairstyle Series consists of over a thousand pictures and is the largest of his archive to date. Ojeikere passed away at the age of 83 on the afternoon of February 2nd. There is no doubt that many of the hairstyles we now wear were inspired by African women. Here are a few of my favorites from the series.
Lena Dunham, the creator and star of the HBO series Girls, has a new collection of personal essays called Not That Kind of Girl. She joined Fresh Air to talk about oversharing, feminism, OCD, and why she thinks most depictions of sex in movies are destructive.