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


To repair a garment and keep it in active service is to practice the skill of user-ship. It calls upon human senses to diagnose what needs to be done and the right emotional tone to carry it through. Stitching, darning, patching and remodelling oversee a subtle shift in the power relations associated with garments: for the work of mending, unlike the world of production, is about people not machines.

Aim to just repair

"These jeans I wear them every day. They’re very practical. They are, like many of the things I have, hand me downs. So these are actually from one of my sisters. I aim to just repair… there’s all patches inside…"

Vancouver - January 2013
Photograph by Jeremy Calhoun