I’m going to explore the effects of consumerism and economic growth on our fashion systems and investigate ways to value a broader range of fashion activity than is currently recognized, drawing upon examples of the ”craft of use” in my project Local Wisdom. I’ll touch on alternative ways to organize traffic in order to promote awareness, attentiveness and mobility, and will reflect on what this may mean for fashion, proposing alternative ideas around a new sort of fashion-ability.
In the barn-conference space at the recent MEND*RS symposium nestled in the age-old Lake District hills and with families of swallows nesting overhead, I was struck by how important scale is to sustainability. Listening to Tom of Holland talk about his on-going mending project for which he darns, knits and overstitches to add physical robustness and aesthetic character to loved but failing clothes, I saw clearly how strikingly understandable – and beautiful – sustainability is at the micro scale. [Read More]