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

Super Long Life

Making a garment last is very different to making a long-lasting garment. Enduring use is often difficult to predict. It is specific and personal and linked more with ways of thinking, experiences and memories than materials. Finding ways to access these may be critical to third, fourth or fifth lives.

Honouring production time

“Well this is a knitted cardigan jacket, in wool and it was knitted by my great grandma. Her name was Sigrid as well. She’s the one that I got my name from. I’m the fourth generation that’s used it. I really like the colours and it’s really high quality but I think it’s been passed down because we know that she has put so much time into making it.”

Oslo - March 2012
Photograph by Kristin von Hirsch