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.

Thrifting since '77

"Everything I have on is from thrift stores. I have gotten things that I own, the majority of clothing items and jewellery items that I own since 1977 in thrift shops. I do not buy first-hand items. Dress from a thrift store. Shoes from a thrift store, stockings from a thrift store, under garments. You name it. I can also always see a garment that is my size and my styles – variety of styles – the minute I go into a shop. I’m part Italian… and I always can spy the Italian outfit in even a huge thrift shop…. Will walk in the door and I will almost instantly see the outfit that will fit me and is made in Italy. I just see them. I’ve gotten to the point where they just jump out at me."

San Francisco - April 2011
Photograph by Paige Green