An international fashion research project exploring the 'craft of use'

Skills of resourcefulness

Creative activists contribute greatly to society through innovation and experiment, taking on projects that fail to hit the radar of conventional industry. Their work is a training ground for new practices, for trialling novel approaches and reviving old skills that promote alternative ideas about fashion provision and consumption.

Piece and pattern

"My step grandmother that I never met passed away… they were getting rid of all of her clothes… and there was this giant Mumu [dress] in her closet. The edges aren't finished, it is not serged [overlocked] or anything. So it turned out that she’d made it because I later found the pattern for it, and took that as well. I will make more of these dresses…"

Vancouver - January 2013
Photograph by Jeremy Calhoun