Mah Rana, London, England.

textiles, embroidery, dementia, Mah Rana, Fiona Hackney

“One Day When We Were Young” is a short film by Mah Rana; made as part of “The Power of Making: Material Affect” by Professor Fiona Hackney and Mah Rana. In contrast to mainstream filmic representations of dementia care that often focuses on caregiver burden and a resulting poorer quality of life, “One Day When We Were Young” shows how crafting together can uncover an alternative narrative of care that is reciprocal, strengthening, and liberating.

You can find out more about Mah on her website,, and on Twitter, @itsnicetomake.

(Fiona Hackney is a professor of fashion textiles theories at the University of Wolverhampton.)