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.

Another era

"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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