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.

Choose for myself

"This dress I sewed myself. I really like colours. I like having my own style, something different from you see elsewhere in town. I sometimes think, whether it is only designers, who set the trend or it is something I can choose for myself? I have always liked using my hands. But then I had a needlework teacher, who made me loose interest in sewing, because it had to be exact on millimetres, otherwise it had to be unravelled. It was in the 3rd or 4th grade.

When I entered the 7th grade, then I got a needlework teacher in my spare time, in an after school program, who just… where everything was possible. For me now perfect sewing… it matters less. I like when a zipper runs straight like that, but if I make, for example, a dress, and I by accident cut a hole in it, I will always be able to put it back together. So perfection does not matter a lot."

Kolding, Denmark - September 2012
Photograph by Jens Christian