Kate Fletcher’s “Local Wisdom” Promotes Clothing as Personal Narrative

by , 06/12/13   filed under: Features, Interviews, Q&A

Center for Sustainable Fashion, eco-fashion, ethical fashion, green fashion, Kate Fletcher, Local Wisdom, London, London College of Fashion, New York, New York City, Parsons The New School for Design, Sustainable Fashion, sustainable style, Timo Rissanen, Pascale Gatzen, Craft of Use

What is Local Wisdom trying to accomplish?

We’re trying to find ways to increase the uptake of some of the things that we’re seeing, some of the knowledge and wisdom that we see. Sometimes it will be through objects, the creation of new product, and putting those in the fashion system. Other times it will be in really different ways, some of which we don’t know yet. It might be integration of stories or education campaigns or a business model or who knows?

[We need] ecological limits, not creative limits, to what we do with stuff.

It’s really exciting and that’s what we’re in the middle of now. We have two more focus groups as part of this phase of work that we’re currently in, and then there are seven design projects that are running. In March 2014, there will be a symposium in London and an exhibition of some of the work.

[We’ll] discuss the craft of use, which is what all of these ideas are sort of pointing towards, the skills and practices and doings and sayings associated with using things in satisfying ways. We’ll also explore it within the context of ideas of post-growth economics, which is the big sort of challenging economic framework that allows us to see strict limits to what we do with stuff—ecological limits, not creative limits. Trying to find ways to develop qualitative links to increase the potential without necessarily buying them all.


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