Craft of Use.

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One of my favorite things to do on a rainy Saturday is visit the local antiques mall. My favorite items are the vintage textiles. I love the old yardage bits with their fun patterns, the carefully embroidered hankerchiefs, and the unfinished quilt tops. I love to see evidence of use in these objects, threadbare edges or mended tears. They speak of a mindfulness that is lacking in modern times. To care enough for a small piece of fabric to sit with it, spend time with it and repair it with your hands shows a remarkable level of respect.

 

An event called “The Craft of Use” was held in London last week, its goal to tackle difficult questions such as, “What would fashion be like if it was more than a an act of consumption with no meaning beyond the point of sale? What kind of system would improve the quality of our fashion experience without increasing the quantity we consume?”

 

The result was a compendium of 500 stories, “in which a sustained attention to wearing, tending and caring for clothes is is a source of satisfaction and meaning.”

 

To learn more about the project, check out this essay on DesignObserver or the Craft of Use website.

 

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