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

Skills of resourcefulness

Creative activists contribute greatly to society through innovation and experiment, taking on projects that fail to hit the radar of conventional industry. Their work is a training ground for new practices, for trialling novel approaches and reviving old skills that promote alternative ideas about fashion provision and consumption.

Window shopping

"Most of my clothes I buy in second hand shops. And this dress I tried on in a shop here in Kolding... [but they wouldn’t let me pay for it] because there was some holes or something. So they gave it to me as a gift and told me to take it home and see if I wanted want to wear it. And all the summer I’ve [worn] this dress…

I have five children and I have always taught them to wear clothes not so expensive (sic), I brought them to second hand shops from when they were little. There is a second hand shop in the street where I live and every time I [pass] there I always look in the window to see if there is something I can use. And a month ago in the window there was an orange cape with very open sleeves. And it was just the colour that is very modern now… so cosy, it is very very warm… wool and Mohair. It was in the window and I went in…."

Kolding, Denmark - September 2012
Photograph by Jens Christian