Body Displacement

The Commute: Journeys of a Pocket Scent

‘The Commute: Journeys of a Pocket Scent’ is a public archive and collection of scented fashion artefacts that document the individual and collective experiences of commuting to work.

This is an ongoing project by Morag Seaton in collaboration with perfumers Samyak Varia and Xinning Zhao, The Royal College of Art, ISIPCA, and IFF (International Flavours and Fragrance) Europe. With thanks to GFSmith paper. Sponsored by Halley Stevensons Ltd.


Three Leather Pockets
Abbey England Leather

Three Leather Pockets, with both discreet and indiscreet openings, are pocket artefacts carefully constructed from Abbey England leather and other offcuts from the studio. Each pocket has been interpreted from coloured chalk scribbles on a jacket toile, where a group of people were asked to ‘draw a pocket’. 

Exhibited at the Royal Leather Studio Exhibition, Battersea Hangar Space, February 2023. 

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), archiving clothing stories, desires and speculations. 

© Morag Seaton
© Morag Seaton