Archive for September, 2017

New book ‘Opening Up the Wardrobe’ just out! Join us for a fortnight of activities!

A new book, a veritable smorgasbord of research methods examining what happens to clothes after they have been bought, is fresh off the press! It is available to buy direct from the publisher Novus.

Comprising 50 methods created by 50 authors from four continents, this volume brings together for the first time different tools and approaches for enquiring into the ‘lifeworld’ of garments and the associated relationships.

Edited by myself and Ingun Grimstad Klepp, we see Opening Up the Wardrobe as a radical book, giving attention to the real world of clothing actions and a counter narrative to the dominant view of fashion and clothing where fashion is an economic process, clothing a commodity and the prevailing definition of fashion describes a narrow view of who and what is valuable.

We mark the publication of the book with a fortnight of events taking place around the world, including:

13th September 2017, 15:00-17:00 in Oslo, Ingun and I will be together and there will be live demonstrations of some of the methods. More details here.

14th September, 16:00 – 17:00 in Copenhagen. Book launch at the University of Copenhagen, South Campus (KUA3) room 4A.0.68. (This is at the end of an open seminar on Uniforms in Practice)

And on 20th September 2017, 16:00-20:30 in London as part of London Design Festival, methods will be demonstrated as part of the Laundry Pile event (organised by three contributors to the book: Emma Rigby, Lizzie Harrison and Jade Whitson-Smith) and at which I will be speaking. The event is free, but places are limited.

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Laundry Pile, 20 September 2017

Love it or hate it, laundry is part of everyday life. Join us to rifle through the Laundry Pile on 20th September in a London launderette (where else?!) for an exhibition and panel discussion about laundry and its many implications.

The show will include some of the ‘Never Washed’ images and stories from the Local Wisdom project and if you feel like your threads need sprucing up, why not avail yourself of the in situ grooming service with tools gathered for Craft of Use? I’ll also be talking at the panel discussion.

The whole event is free, but places for the panel discussion are limited. Sign up now

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