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.

Printed linen childhood

“I made my dress from a linen tablecloth. I found it at a flea market ten years ago. And I just knew I had to have it… as a tribute to my mother because I grew up in the ‘70s and in the ‘70s you had all the Nylon and crimplene... But that never came into our house because she was very much into wool and linen and silk. When I found this it reminded me so much of my childhood because the colour palette is very ‘70s but also it’s linen and it’s a very strict graphic pattern. So a year, two years ago I turned it into a dress. I kept this tablecloth with me for ten years... knowing that I have to turn it in to something, but that I have to turn it into something that can stand the time [today and the past].”

Oslo - March 2012
Photograph by Kristin von Hirsch

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