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.


"I call it my “blankie” and I bring it with me all the time. So I always carry a bag that’s too big so that I can have this in the bag… unless it’s a really, really hot day... And it’s kind of a modular garment that you can wear as a little vest or you can wear it around your neck or you can just open it up and literally wrap it around yourself when you’re cold. It’s made from wool and I’ve only washed it twice, I’ve hand washed it in Rose Bubble Bath (laughter) and it doesn’t have a label or anything... It’s got a really simple Japanese shape that allows you to do lots of things with it… like it has a very wide neck so if my shoulders are cold, I’ll wear it upside down and then you can kind of…it’s kind of like a second skin then. Sometimes I wear a big brooch here…"

Dublin - April 2012
Photograph by Des Moriarty