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.
"Mostly this stuff I’ve had for a long time and it's second hand. My jacket and my dress and my belt are vintage… I am attracted to stuff I guess, that looks like is from another era… And my boots, I bought about ten years ago and there are kind of my experiment to see how long can I just keep repairing one thing. There is a local couple that make shoes, a couple of blocks from my house, so I just keep taking them down to them and they keep patching them for me which think it is kind of beautiful…"
Vancouver - January 2013
Photograph by Jeremy Calhoun
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