A Pocket Guide to Using Pockets
scottish linen, certified cotton, british wool

‘A Pocket Guide to Using Pockets’ is a 12-step instruction manual depicting different pocket acts and their stories. The guide includes everyday clothing rituals, pocket transactions, and other repeated dressing habits that together paint a picture of individual characters and shared material cultures. The pocket uniform is a collection of carefully constructed garments with multiple discreet and indiscreet pocket openings. The garments have been produced with Scottish linen, wools, factory rejects and other obsolescences. Each pocket ritual is accompanied with a story from a clothing archive, a space which encompasses hundreds of everyday conversations about clothes. These documented dialogues have been collected by speaking to and observing people, which are then played with and dissected to challenge preconceptions and reveal alternative perspectives of how clothes should be worn.

With thanks to Molly Davies.

Mirror Mirror
cotton, coconut shell, ceramic

A series of questions, presented by three objects. A bag (archive), a glove (gesture) and a cup (tool). 

Stills from ‘Mirror Mirror’ (October 2022), a group installation at the Royal College of Art, archiving clothing stories, desires and speculations. 

TCC Modular Shirt
certified cotton, italian buttons, snaps

Details of a modular shirt, designed and produced for the UKRI Interdisciplinary Textiles Circularity Centre (TCC) at the Royal College of Art and exhibited at ‘The Regenerative Hub’, the Lab E20 (founded by Raeburn Design). This configurable shirt has been constructed from multiple modular pieces that can be built by the wearer. This shirt now sits within a body of research and sustainable works exploring new experience design for citizen participation in a circular economy. 

Pocket Futures
scottish linen, cotton offcuts, reject leather, paper

Pockets are components of clothes, fashion and the everyday that have the power to reveal the intimate habits, characters and stories of people and beyond. The things we hold in them and the actions we make while using them can help put us in touch with our identity, history and even our own sense of mortality.

This project seeks to reveal everyday realities and speculative fictions, using pockets as a tool to imagine new worlds and to navigate difficult places in our current one. This is an interactive project that asks you to participate, reflect, imagine and create alternative pocket futures.

Draw a Pocket!
scottish linen, studio offcuts, painted cotton binding, paper

© Morag Seaton
© Morag Seaton