Get Involved in my Research!

People's Wardrobe - an image of 3 people wearing garments they love. Part of Wendy Ward's PhD research project.

I am starting to pilot some participatory workshops as part of my PhD research, which means you can get involved for free and I’d love to see you at one of the events below…..

People’s Wardrobe Pilot Workshops in Sheffield: 22nd & 23rd July

These events are in-person, in Sheffield and have very limited spaces, so if you want to take part for free read on for more details and how to book.

Wardrobe Love Letters – Friday 22nd July 2-4pm

photograph of wendy ward in a north face outdoor jacket in front of an icelandic geysir - used to advertise wardrobe love letters workshop

The workshop invites you to wear (or have to hand) a well-used, well-loved garment. As a group we will share the stories of our garments by writing love letters to them and describing them in just three words. No creative writing skills required and all materials are provided, just bring yourself and a favourite garment. Book here.

Wardrobe Portraits – Saturday 23rd July 11am-1pm

drawing of a glove to advertise Wardrobe portraits workshop being run by wendy ward

In this workshop we will spend some quality time looking in detail at our favourite clothes and honouring them with a portrait. No art skills required and all materials are provided, just bring yourself and a favourite garment. Book here.

Both of these events take place at S1 Artspace in central Sheffield. Easily accessible by public transport the gallery is just behind Sheffield Midland train station on the Park Hill Estate.

If you have any questions about any aspect of these events, email me on

A Bit of Background to These Pilots

I’m hoping these workshops will help me to start answering these questions:

  • Why do we keep and use some garments for much longer than others?
  • What can we learn from these garments to help us better appreciate the rest of our clothes and keep them for longer?

‘Big Fashion’ has made us believe that we are simply consumers of clothes, but more importantly we are users and wearers and we all need to find new creative ways to build more enduring relationships with the clothes we already own.

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