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.
"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