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.

Quilt coat

"This coat is made of an old quilt. It’s a quilt that my grandmother was going to throw away… it was tattered and it has been in the wash with something black and gotten this black tint to it. So I made it into a coat. It’s zero waste, none of the quilt was wasted. The extra pieces, the selvedges were actually sewn into this panel right here so … and it got a hood, which it wasn't initially going to have. It basically became a princess seamed coat instead of just the normal coat that I was going to make.

And then the arms got this treatment because I had to fit the fabric pieces into the quilt."

New York - January 2013
Photograph by Ellinor Stigle

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