Open and Adjust
Garments can be reworked to meet changing needs. The knowledge and skills to open up a garment and adjust it to fit enrich and embolden society. They remind us about ingenuity and resourceful possibility and help replace consumption with action.
“This jacket I’m wearing now, my mother also wore it. She’s the one that sewed it from another jacket which was originally my father’s, a long big suede jacket, down to the knees. He bought his in 1962 in a small town in Sweden. In 1964 he had an accident driving his scooter and [the jacket] was ripped. My mother thought the leather was still beautiful… She took it apart and she discovered the smooth leather on the inside…so then she turned it [inside out]. And so all that she needed to make this jacket then was some [cuff] braid. And this button which was an original as well and also this bit… And what is funny is that this style… is 1970s, that’s when she actually took this leather and made something out of it. So a 1970s style which originated from a 1960s jacket.”
Oslo - March 2012
Photograph by Kristin von Hirsch