This week I managed to secure a consultation with the author of Craft of Use, Kate Fletcher who holds Open Mornings at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion for September.
In the coming weeks, I would have to really work harder at defining my research topic to make the most of the meeting.
A part of the research work for Craft of Use was the Local Wisdom Project which really speaks to me. It took over 500 interviews with people in different cities, and shared how they used their clothes. Another part consisted of getting fashion design students to respond to these stories.
The Craft of Use wishes to be a manifesto, an open ended resource, for designers, creatives and researchers to further explore. Fletcher does mention that a challenge was that many students wanted to gather more examples instead of working with what was available. I wonder if by trying to hold a workshop I am just adding unnecessary research, and instead I should be using case examples from Craft of Use to lead my future research instead?