Currently seeking individuals to interview as part of a project about our clothes. 





LONDON / EDINBURGH / GLASGOW



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What is the project?


This project is a continuation of a study and book called

‘Garment Stories’

The book was a collection of personal stories in which individuals were asked about their clothes and the reasons for their attachments. Each conversation was based around a garment the person considered most valuable, whether that be because of the quality and price, the aesthetic value or perhaps because the garment belonged to a loved one. Recorded in writing and illustration, every story is important and unique, and can provide a comprehensive insight into the ‘use’ stage of a garment. This project is a continuation of the book Garment Stories, however in more depth and detail.

What is involved in the interview?


Participants will be asked to talk about their experiences with clothes in general, as well as their most valued garments. With permission, the interview will be recorded, photographed and illustrated at a later stage. It is an anonymous process, however it is important to note that participants might be recognisable from the illustration and from the accompanying story.

It is a general study of people and their clothes so there is no criteria or particular demographic that the participant has to fall into (you do not even have to like clothes particularly).


What is the purpose of the project?


These interviews are for a personal, creative project that will be curated into another small book and posted to an open source at www.moragseaton.com. The interviews are an opportunity to illustrate people and talk to them about their lives, to provide a platform for people to share their stories and to encourage conversation about our things.
In light of the issues surrounding obsolete design, and the constant consumption and disposal of objects, the need to bring value to our things is as essential as ever. Talking to people about their clothes and communicating the ways in which we use garments, are just small ways in bringing value to our things. The more we understand about object-use, the less we are likely to consume things impulsively. To understand ‘use’ value means understanding the role that clothing plays in our identity, sense of self, and our relationship with others. Understanding our clothes and finding value in them potentially contributes to a change in the way that we consume material things, and opens up conversations about our social and environmental responsibility.

Why take part?


Taking part in this interview gives the participant an opportunity to talk about their experiences (anything from the mundane everyday to social issues surrounding identity). If desired, the project will provide a platform for participants to share their story. The interview process does not need to be formal and is in control of the participant - it can be anything from a quick chat over a cup of tea to a full sit-down, one-to-one.

Each participant will receive a personal illustration.




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Mark

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