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.

Utilise it all

"Working in the fashion industry, I usually run across a lot of sample fabrics or left over remnants… so I always try to utilise them…

I had this piece of leather for many years and I finally thought that I would play around with it. This was just a skin. So I started to bleach it and I noticed that one side was solid and the other side got bleached so I thought let me wash it. I put it in the washing machine and then the dryer and it got really nice and this is how it came out. And so now I have this really nice –it almost looks like a print so I thought of making a skirt in one piece without any zippers. So I pieced it together. You can see where – there’s no side seam. I pieced it together and I made like a little pleat for closure and I made a makeshift dart over here. I used every little piece of it the skin.

This is the same thing, this is all remnants from cashmere, like pure and I thought it was such a shame because I didn’t have enough to make one thing so I pieced it all together and I made a nice scarf. I just serged it together randomly."

New York - January 2013
Photograph by Ellinor Stigle