World 45, Enactment i: report

Mosaic of Instagram posts depicting clothing details.

This Enactment was based on the discussions that took place during the development of

and is documented in the

The first open Fashion Fictions wardrobe challenge, Material Mindfulness, took place in January 2023.

The fiction guiding this Enactment:

In World 45, people have a deep and spiritual connection with their textiles, and take time to listen to their clothes every day.

This deepens their appreciation for their wardrobes and the ways their garments are entangled in complex social, cultural and ecological networks.

They acquire little, think a lot, and take care of what they have.

The challenge invited people to capture a close-up of their clothes every day for two weeks, in response to a one-word prompt, as a way of enacting life in World 45.

Dozens of participants collectively generated more than 1000 posts on Instagram using the #MaterialMindfulness hashtag.

Mosaic of images depicting clothing details: buttons and buttonholes; various crochet stitches; plain and patterned woven cloth; textured knitting samples; frills; zips open and closed; pleats; embroiderery; lace edging; a frayed cuff; a hood, and someone holding up a home-sewn covid mask.

It was amazing to see so many people step into World 45, and to look inside such varied wardrobes! We learnt so much from the details that were shared, in pictures and in comments.

At the end of the challenge many participants joined an online gathering, where they were invited to reflect on their experiences and share their thoughts on a Padlet – archived below:

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This Enactment was devised by Amy Twigger Holroyd, building on an Exploration created by Gautham Krishna, Rachael Matthews and a Fashion Fictions contributor, which was in turn developed from a World contributed by Amy Twigger Holroyd, 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