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 was a second hand pair of pants that I bought and I just had gotten into the habit of turning all of my ex-skirts into pants when they don't fit me anymore. Because my hips sort of expand, and you know, the waste line doesn't fit so I just cut them up them up into skirts. It is, kind of remade and then adjusted it over the years, back and forth, as a gained or lost weight. So I'd had them for about, in some form or another for eight years."
Vancouver - January 2013
Photograph by Jeremy Calhoun