Citizen Fashion: Using Craft as a Tool to Make Fashion Sustainable
Citizen Fashion is a research project started in October 2021 in the form of a fully funded PhD at Sheffield Hallam University. I’ve been awarded a scholarship by the university to spend the next 6 years working on my project.
I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise to many of you that the focus of my research is sustainability in clothing and I will be specifically be looking at the role craft can play in helping us to keep our clothes for longer. I will be based in the school of Art & Design at Hallam and my research will be practice based, which means that as well as a ton of academic reading and writing.
My project will also build on important movements that are gaining traction in both the craft and fashion industries: the importance of inclusion; a move towards sustainability and away from over-consumption, fast fashion and fast craft; the importance of heritage, creativity and skills; a more frugal approach to materials and the inherent need we all have for identity.