A massive thank you to all those who shared stories of how they use their garments in Wellington and Melbourne over the last few weeks as part of the Local Wisdom project. And of course huge appreciation to the teams working at Massey in New Zealand led by Holly McQuillan and Jen Whitty and at RMIT in Australia co-ordinated by Jo Cramer. Photos and stories from both places available on the Local Wisdom website within the month… here’s a taster of some of the Wellington images, photography by Aliscia Young.
The knowledge, skills and ideas of the Craft of Use have a new platform on the web!
The Craft of Use explores resourceful garment use practices as one way to challenge the dependency of the fashion industry on increasing material throughput. Its proposition is that sustained attention to tending and using garments, we can create an alternative set of experiences of fashion provision and consumption.
They are the spiritual and intellectual home – the ‘mothership’ – of some of my other work in design for sustainability, most notably the Local Wisdom project.
Let us know what you think…
Over the last couple of weeks the Local Wisdom project team has been travelling to Vancouver and NYC to gather more stories of the doings and saying associated with garment use. We wanted to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of you who participated in the project and our fabulous teams in both of these great cities for their work on the ground, on the day and in the lead up. The images and stories will be online in the next few weeks
The Local Wisdom project returns to London on 5th December 2012 to take photographs and gather more stories of the ‘craft of use’ of the general public. We’ll be at the Carnaby Book Exchange in Kingly Court (between Regent Street and Carnaby Street) between midday and 7pm. Please come along and share with us how you use clothes and get your portait taken in your piece! More on the London photoshoot including exact location and categories listing the sort of things we are looking for can be found here.
Local Wisdom, the ongoing fashion research project exploring the ‘craft of use’ has added more tales of stories and images of resourceful and satisfying use of garments spread across twenty two categories… with more to come over the next year.
The project is now in a new phase of work with the first of seven international design projects looking to amplify the craft of use to increase its take up beginning today.
The project’s international network is made up of:
London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, UK
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, USA
Parsons The New School, New York City, USA
Kolding Design School, Kolding, Denmark
Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada
Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
29th June – 2nd July, the Mend*rs Research Symposium in Docker, Kendal, the first ever large-scale gathering dedicated to mending in the UK. Fabulous.
I’m speaking on Saturday 30th June about fashion experiences within the limits of the stuff we’ve already got: ’The Craft of Use’: Post-Growth Fashion.
Join us in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday 28th April for the next community photoshoots run as part of the Local Wisdom project. Come along to 6 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2 between 10am and 5pm and share stories of how you use your garments and have your portrait wearing them taken as part of an ongoing fashion research project from London College of Fashion.
Join us in Oslo, Norway this Sunday for the next community photoshoots run as part of the Local Wisdom project. Come along to DogA between 12 midday and 4pm and share stories of how you use your garments and have your portrait wearing them taken as part of an ongoing fashion research project from London College of Fashion.