Localism is a growing movement of place, community and nature. This special issue seeks to explore localism in the context of fashion, investigating the dynamic interconnections between specific places, people, ecological contexts, economies and the provision and expression of fashion clothes.
In localism, place matters. Local ecosystems provide both resources and constraints to an area’s activity. People and communities evolve within unique natural and social assets of where they are based. Ecosystem health is preserved through the local adaptation of knowledge, products, cultures and practices. This special issue contends that in fashion, place also matters. It explores fashion localism as a cornerstone principle and practice of sustainability where place-based and community values describe a fashion system reconceptualised by scale, stewardship and sufficiency.
The special issue will examine fashion localism from multiple perspectives. We welcome contributions that investigate (but are not limited to) the following topics:
Local or regional activity as part of self-reliant fashion communities;
The relationship between ecosystems, soil, watersheds (etc) and fashion production;
Explicit normative framework of localism in fashion;
Analytical paradigm of localism in the context of clothing and dress;
An exploration of the social nature of localism;
The role of consumption, consumers and non-market actors in localism in the fashion context;
The role of diversity, scale and resilience within fashion systems.
The role of legislation and marketing in leveraging a change from globalized to localized fashion systems.
Papers of between 6,000 and 8,000 words should be sent by the deadline: 1st June 2017 to the guest co-editors, earlier where possible. The guest editors invite would-be contributors to contact them to discuss potential submissions well in advance of the deadline and also welcome proposals about submissions in other formats.
Authors are advised to consult the Taylor and Francis website for author instructions and style guidelines.
Guest Editor: Kate Fletcher, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London
Dartmoor, UK, 5-7 July 2017: a nature-immersed exploration of fashion sustainability with myself and Liz Parker.
Log off your email, shut down your laptop, and join us for a conference in and with nature to inquire into sustainability in fashion in a different way.
This conference in and with nature is an immersive enquiry into the natural world and questions and visions of sustainability of particular importance to the fashion sector. It will take place by the fire, among ancient beech trees and under the open sky. At the heart of this event is a belief that humanity can re-define its relationship with the natural world, and in doing so, can create the new systems – including new fashion systems – that operate within nature’s limits and support human flourishing.
The weekend engages a host of ‘ways of knowing’: experiential, sensory, intellectual, emotional and connects these to fashion and sustainability. There will be time for conversation, opportunities for individual reflection and plenty of space for playing in the woods. We aim to inspire you with new insights and strengthen your connection to a network of peers who have shared in this unique experience.
This event is for anyone active in fashion sustainability including fashion professionals, educators, activists and post-graduate students. You might work for a business, an NGO, a university or be based in the community. Find out more here.
We welcome proposals to contribute to the event. Presentations which involve story-telling, making, interaction or movement, and those which are the product of joint enquiry with peers are particularly encouraged.
The event is an initiative of By the Fire. It is hosted by Change in Nature, a leading social enterprise running nature-based experiences. More information on prices available here. Bursaries are available.
We anticipate that this will be an on-going opportunity and so please register your interest with us even if you are unable to attend on these dates.
The significance of craft is bound up in ideas and ideals of craft as skillfulness and the power of ingenuity, the transformative potential of pleasure in making and using things, and the desire and satisfaction associated with doing things well. Please join us and take part in the discussion. Details on the event can be found here.
With huge delight I can announce that the much anticipated book the Craft of Use: Post-Growth Fashion is now published! It features many of the stories of using clothes gathered as part of the Local Wisdom project along with work from seven international teams of designers and specially commissioned work from fashion photography Kerry Dean.
The Fashion Ecologies project is up and running, exploring themes of localism and fashion. The fieldwork in Macclesfield, in the north west of England is well under way and we will be heading to Norway to test out our findings and our mapping methods in the gorgeous Tingvoll peninsula in high north west Norway later this year. Follow our progress on the Fashion Ecologies website…
14th October 2014, Colchane community centre, Chile. Audience of around fifty Aymara weavers drawn from the local area. We shared our garment stories and ideas, rooted in their experience, of how the West could engage with fashion and sustainability differently.
This October I spent a remarkable couple of weeks in Chile exploring its capital, Santiago, and the far North East of the country. High in the North I spent time with a group of wonderful, resolute, jovial Aymara weavers and their landscape of the high plateau of the Atacama Desert (thank you to all my companions, to the British Council for its generous support and to Gabriela Farias Zurita for instigating it!). My trip was designed around a series of events to galvanise ideas and action around fashion and sustainability in Latin America, with Santiago at its hub. To inspire a revolution-of-sorts in a continent that loves a revolution… heaven! And before that to get a sense of the place. To feel and experience what sustainability in this context is and could be.
From 11th – 24th October I will be in Chile taking part in a number of events and activities celebrating sustainability and fashion as a fusion of the traditional and progressive. Come and take part in a series of events that mark out Chile as at the centre of fashion-sustainability activity in Latin America, including a free public lecture in Santiago on 21st October; a panel discussion on the morning of the 22nd involving politicians, psychologists and designers; and workshops also on 22nd October, for which you must register.
Before that though I will spend some time with weavers in the far North of the country in the Atacama Desert. And even before that you can read a piece in the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio about my visit (p14 onwards).