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.

Creative gestation

"This is a grey knit dress that my mother knitted while she was pregnant with me, so she wore it before she was showing and while pregnant as well. And she is not a knitter…

She had it in her closet, down in the basement… I found it and she told me the story. I never knew about it! And so, I wear it because I love it. But I also feel connected to her when I wear it… the closeness that I felt as a child with her. I love the big cowl neck… it is like a cobweb… and I can see where she got the arms a bit wrong. But you know, that’s okay, I can pull it down…"

Vancouver - January 2013
Photograph by Jeremy Calhoun