Craft of Use – one week to go

Image by Kerry Dean

Image by Kerry Dean

We are getting very excited in the office now, this time next week we will be fully immersed in the Craft of Use event that is taking place here at London College of Fashion. Preparations are being finalised as I type.

The event will be an opportunity to gather partners, academics, industry and cross-disciplinary collaborators together to discuss the unseen and unsung processes of garments as we live them – the practices and crafts of use. The event is the culmination of the work done by Dr. Kate Fletcher over the last two years.

The participartory event will explore fashion for sustainability as emerging from the practices of using garments; where resourcefulness and satisfaction grow out of the cultivated, dynamic and improvised everyday use of clothes. There will be speakers, workshops and performances, all of which will we share with you here along with insights, observations and snippets from the day.

Speakers, performers and provocateurs on the day will include: Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director, Forum for the Future; Avner Offer, Chichele Professor of Economic History, University of Oxford; Frances Corner, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London; Deljana Iossifova, Lecturer in Architecture, University of Manchester; Sabrina Mahfouz, Poet-in-Residence, Cape Farewell; Dilys Williams, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London and Zakee Shariff, Artist and Designer.

The day will also include a performance curated by Mari Krappala, docent of cultural studies in the Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki with performers, Heino AhoLeena Kela and Sebastian Ziegler.

We are very excited to be including contributions from the project’s international network of partners. These include Lynda Grose, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, USA; Hélène Day Fraser, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada; Vibeke Riisberg, Kolding Design School, Kolding, Denmark; Holly McQuillan and Jen Whitty, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand; Timo Rissanen, Parsons The New School for Design, New York City, USA and Jo Cramer, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.

We will be tweeting throughout the day and keep your eye out here for more post-event information.