World 120, Exploration C

Garment library record card and ‘wearing story’ tag.

This artifact from World 120 is a library card that is used at a sharing clothing library that fosters an appreciation of ‘wearing stories’. The card demonstrates how a community member might borrow garments and then customise them in order to reflect their personal stories, values and histories. Reference samplers are available from the library to help the borrower choose relevant text, symbols and material appliques as well access to tactile patches, trims and materials that enable the borrower to express their values.

The library features “new titles”(fresh unmodified garments) and “classics” (garments that have already started to tell the stories of the community). Skilled craftspeople are available to assist in the application and customisation process, or to teach techniques and skills to the borrower which will enhance their skill base, in doing so a strong bond is created between the borrower, their clothing and their community.

This Exploration was contributed by Becky Bennett, Pippa Foulds, Kelly Cobb and Ulrike Hutchins (located in the UK and USA), developed from a World contributed by Nikita S.B, using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the authors and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

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Published by Amy Twigger Holroyd

explorer of Fashion Fictions