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