Organise an activity

We invite people to devise and run their own affiliated Fashion Fictions activities in order to spread the word and diversify contributions to the central Fashion Fictions project.

The format for these activities is very flexible: they could incorporate any of the three stages (see About), individually or in combination, and could vary in duration from a short one-off workshop to an extended project. Visit the Education page for examples of some affiliated activities.

Activities can build on contributions already gathered on the website, such as existing Worlds, and we welcome outcomes to be fed back into the central Fashion Fictions project.

Interested in running an activity?

Familiarise yourself with Fashion Fictions

The first step is to familiarise yourself with the Fashion Fictions project, ‘rules’ and terminology.

We recommend that you:

  • read the About page, particularly noting what happens at Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3
  • read the Rules section of the Contribute a World guide, to learn about the parameters for speculative ideas explored in the project
  • browse the repository of Worlds (generated via Stage 1 activities) to gain an idea of the fictions that people have come up with, and the way that they are presented on the website
  • browse the Explorations of those Worlds (generated via Stage 2 and Stage 3 activities) to gain an understanding of how worlds might be prototyped and enacted, and the way that they are presented on the website.

If you want to learn more about the project, please check out the videos and papers in the final section of the About page.

Get in touch

Please email Matilda Aspinall, Fashion Fictions Research Fellow with some details of what you’re hoping to do, including how many people will participate – we’re keen to hear about all affiliated Fashion Fictions activities, whether large or small.

Matilda can give you access to a recording of our recent Education Forum, where people who have facilitated Fashion Fictions projects discussed their experiences, and share some sample Stage 2 resources, if these are appropriate to your activity.

Planning

You will need to plan and deliver the activity, drawing on the Fashion Fictions framework, in a way that suits your context. If you are an educator, you will of course devise the workshop or project to fit into your curriculum, timetable, learning outcomes, student needs and so on. Please note that we don’t have the capacity to get involved in your activity directly.

We recommend that you take a careful look at the appropriate submission form (see below) before planning your activity in detail, so you can guide the participants to generate information in the appropriate format.

Stage 1

For Stage 1 activities (writing 100-word outlines of fictional Worlds), you may wish to use the online Contribute a World guide and the workshop plans and slides that can be downloaded from the same page.

These examples of Stage 1 Worlds can be shared with students to demonstrate the ideal format of the text (e.g. ‘In World X, …’ rather than ‘In our fictional world, …’).

We will be pleased to receive your completed fictions, which can be submitted via the online Stage 1 submission form and will then be added to the repository of Worlds. Please let Matilda know in advance if your group will generate more then 20 fictions, as we have limited capacity for processing submissions.

Stage 2 (or combined Stage 1/Stage 2)

For Stage 2 activities (creating visual or material prototypes to represent life in one of the fictional Worlds), we don’t provide a workshop/project guide, but can share some sample resources that you may wish to adapt. To request access to these resources, please contact Matilda.

When your project is complete we encourage you to submit the outcomes to the project, as up to five hi-res jpegs and explanatory text.

These examples of Stage 2 Explorations can be shared with students to demonstrate the ideal format of the explanatory text (e.g. ‘Featured here is an item from World X, …’ rather than ‘As our prototype, we created …’).

There are two submission forms:

Stage 2 outcomes will be published to the Explorations section of the site. Please get in touch with Matilda in advance if your group will generate more than ten Stage 2 outcomes, as we have limited capacity for processing submissions.

Stage 3

If you are interested in running a Stage 3 activity (such as enacting one of the Worlds via an ‘everyday dress’ project), please get in touch with Matilda for a chat.

Creative Commons licences

Please note that the creators of all Stage 1 submissions and any Stage 2/3 submissions that are to be included in the project’s research must apply a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence to their submission, in keeping with the open and collaborative nature of the project. This licence does not restrict the creators’ ability to publish and share their own work, but allows others to build upon it, with appropriate credit.

Facilitator reflections

When you have completed your activity, it would help us very much if you could complete the facilitator reflection form.

The form first asks for a brief outline of your activity; if you consent, this will be used to create a short profile on this webpage. You are then invited to share your project briefs and any documented guidance that you have given to participants to support their work on the activity. You are also invited to share personal reflections on your experience of running the project or workshop.

The form allows you to specify the way(s) in which you are happy for your data to be used, and whether you wish your contributions to be credited or anonymised.

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