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.

Necessity, the mother of making

"This [sweater] was made by my grandmother in Czechoslovakia. So I am Czech and this was made for my father. And he is not sure but we think it is from the sixties.

She was really influenced by whatever Western [things] she could get, like German or British magazines… She was very interested in having her family be very well-dressed, dressed in quality she was really about reducing... it was out of [economic] necessity. [She did that by]… making everything… I love my grandmother and basically I love what she did, I love how crafty she was. So when I wear this, I feel like I am embodying that [crafty] part of myself that I want to be more in connection with, and just my roots in general."

Vancouver - January 2013
Photograph by Jeremy Calhoun