Anna Freud's Loom

Rye Holmboe

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‘Anna Freud's Loom’ examines Anna Freud's relationship to weaving. Adopting a form of weaverly thinking, I begin by offering an account of Anna Freud's work at the loom as recollected by her friend and colleague Manna Friedmann. I go on to describe how a metaphorics connected to weaving is often employed in psychoanalytic literature, especially in the writings of Sigmund Freud, which I situate in relationship to the Freud family's historical and personal relationship to textiles. The article then examines Anna Freud's use of weaving as a therapeutic tool and as a process akin to the work of mourning. For Anna Freud, weaving was, I suggest, a kind of grief-work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)932-949
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Psychoanalysis
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sep 2021


  • Anna Freud
  • Weaving
  • Creative Process
  • Mourning
  • weaving
  • creative process
  • mourning

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