An international fashion research project exploring the 'craft of use'

Limits to Action

As humans we are all finite and faillible: there are limits to what we can do. In recognising the veracity of boundaries we can reflect lived experience and artfully recognise the usefulness of drivers like novelty, variety and nature that influence our lives.

Careful removal

"This jacket has been around for a really long time. I got it when I just out of high school. And it was that jacket which makes you feel you look old and like professional and it’s like you would wear it for a job interview but then it just became a part of my sort of regular winter rotation.
I wore [it] so much, that the lining was totally shredded on the inside and it got to the point when I was embarrassed to take it off in front of people because it was so trashed on the inside. So I always took it off very carefully… I would make sure that I was facing away, and then fold it over the chair to hide the big shredded lining. I would never, just shrug it off onto a chair that I was sitting on [inside out], I would never do that! Because if I stood up, you could see everything! I was totally conscious of it…"

Vancouver - January 2013
Photograph by Jeremy Calhoun