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

Intensive Use

Some garments are worn almost daily. They become both a backdrop to - and practical facilitator of - our lives and reflect true resourcefulness. Their features speak of an ethic of extended iterative use.

Daily shawl

“This shawl is woven by a very small Irish weaving company. They actually design in Ireland but they produce them in Germany – but they do say hand woven in Ireland on it (laughter) but they’re very much Irish based. It’s one hundred percent pure wool and I’ve had it for over ten years. And I honestly wear it almost every single day, I’m not joking. I wear it all the time. And I wear it going out, I wear it in, I lend it to people in the house. I don’t really give it to anyone to bring away. But I give it to people to stay warm when they’re visiting or if they need it. And it still looks completely almost the same as it did the first day I got it – I didn’t actually get it, my parents gave it to a boyfriend of mine at the time and when we split up I took it (laughter).”

Dublin - April 2012
Photograph by Des Moriarty