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.

Skills legacy

“When my mother passed away when I was 21, I was given all the leftovers of her wool, etc. So with the leftovers, I made myself a little hat. And it took me about 20 years to get around to doing it. My mother’s sister also knitted and with the leftovers of her knitting I taught my daughter how to crochet. So she was too young to have a handbag and I made her a little phone holder to bring her phone around so I could keep track of her. And it was just that a couple of years I got to a point where I thought well, I’ve had all this wool from my mother and aunt for years. Am I going to throw it out or going to use it? And I decided that I should start to make little things and to teach other people to crochet. And that’s what I’ve started. That’s my legacy to pass on is to teach other people to crochet.”

Dublin - April 2012
Photograph by Des Moriarty