The link between a person and a garment can never be planned for, but has lasting impact when a garment becomes a life-long companion. It reveals the potential for change in each individual and often marks that in the associations with a piece, for single, small actions can have big effects.
“This one is one of my most precious things in my wardrobe. I am a botanical dyer and my inspiration is India Flint. So I did e workshop with her last year in May in Switzerland and I had taken a big piece of silk to dye with. And I did the dyeing and on the last day hung it up to dry, and we came in because it was raining and we were doing a little bit of sewing and things. And when I went back to collect it wasn’t there. So we are assuming of course that someone has nicked it, which is unfortunate. But I thought well you know, it happens. And I went back and started doing my sewing again but then India ran up and she’d come down and she said ‘oh, you should have this, I don’t like to see anyone heartbroken.’ So she gave me one of here pieces. And so you can imagine if a pieces comes from someone you revere it’s one of the most precious things.”
London - December 2012
Photograph by Tim Mitchell