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

Material resourcefulness

Garments are fusions of materials and energy brought to the body in myriad configurations, yet the dominant force in fashion, consumerism, tends to value only a narrow spectrum of fashion activity. The practices of material resourcefulness broaden this view and show a burgeoning testing ground of an alternative flows of fibre, fabric and product.

Academic closure

"This t-shirt is one of those comfort pieces. It doesn’t even fit properly. It’s too small. I made it myself, and it also kind of brought a closure to my PhD, which was about fabric waste. When I started the PhD I’d written a note to myself to make a t-shirt that had all it’s fabric waste appliquéd on it and I didn’t get to it until eight years later so, (laughs), it was nice to complete that to do list."

New York - January 2013
Photograph by Ellinor Stigle