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


The link between a person and a garment can never be planned for, but has lasting impact when a garment becomes a life-long companion. It reveals the potential for change in each individual and often marks that in the associations with a piece, for single, small actions can have big effects.

"A sign"

“I bring this everywhere with me. It is an old satchel and it used to be my Dad’s in college. I just recently started up my own company and my laptop goes into this bag and amazingly enough it’s the perfect fit, just slotted straight in, we kind of took it as a bit of a sign. It represents to me my past, my present and my future… My dad, when he was studying in college had to work his arse off in college to get his degree in engineering to keep things ticking over in the farm, to raise kids… And when I think about that now and I’m trying to cram as much as I can into a day and it just makes me think, oh god, nothing compares really.

Plus I absolutely love the bag. Some people would pay I think huge money to have something that looks so nice...”

Dublin - April 2012
Photograph by Des Moriarty