An international fashion research project exploring the 'craft of use'

Flexible Thinking

Wearing the same piece but with with a fluid attitude of openness and flexibility can find novelty in new places. The garment itself stays the same, but the rules and roles of wearing it are re-interpreted. Use is intensified; resources are saved; individuality is reclaimed.

Cross-cultural jacket

“I got this [jacket] in Guatemala in the Highland region around Lake Atitlan. It is typical of a particular village and what the men wear in that village. And it’s a man’s cos I’m much bigger than any of the women. Well it was a little bit loud for me at the time and I kept it for a year before I actually wore it and now I wear it often so I’ve sort of grown into it’s loudness I guess and I wear it for, like, warehouse parties in Oakland. It sort of references some of the pin detail that you have on painted cars and art cars [in the Bay Area]… they don’t necessarily read it as Guatemalan… It’s sort of a Western feel to it (sic). So it’s cross cultural in some respects… Back-strap loom ancient construction in terms of weaving but it’s a modern jacket in an urban context."

San Francisco - April 2011
Photograph by Paige Green