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.


“I wanted to find a way of using all the surplus horse tack I’ve got from having so many horses, so I started to make handbags. The handles are from bridles, stirrup leathers, nose bands, old leather head collars and then the actual basis of the bags are made from fabric remnants handed down from my great grandmother. All the buttons are hers too… she passed so much onto me.”

Bollington, Cheshire - July 2009
Photograph by Fiona Bailey

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