I collaborate on projects that tell stories of connection, origin and resilience so that we can begin to mend ourselves, our communities and the earth.

One Year One Outfit is a maker challenge. Each participant aims to make a locally sourced outfit in one year using the Fibershed principals of:

Local Fibre

sourced from as close to you as possible

Local Dye

botanical colour sourced locally

Local Labour

from farming to assembly 

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The Rules 

Attempt to make an outfit in one of 3 categories: 

Master

Meet the Fibreshed requirements:

  • the fibre must be farmed and processed wholly within a set radius.  Note that Fibreshed does allow some remote manufacturing where it is not available locally.
  • all fibres must be natural
  • any dyeing must use local non synthetic materials
  • all fabric and clothing made must be of quality construction so as to ensure the life of the clothing is long, and not need excessive ironing or washing.

Reinventer

The outfit can include second hand components or notions (eg zips, interfacing, lining) where local options are not available.  

The main fibre must be from your Fibreshed.

Investigator

Use any fibre or notions, but you must investigate the entire supply chain and tell the story of why you chose it. 

You can use secondhand components, but again, tell the story of where it was made, what it was made of.

 

 

Previous Rules (2015) Can be found in this post. The project is a proud Fibreshed affiliate project .

The Stories

Latest participant projects:

My yarn is from Western Australian Merino sheep; born, grown and shorn right here in the south-west of WA.  The raw fleece is transported to Bilby Yarns in Willagee, where local spinning enthusiasts can purchase it, spin it in their own homes, and sell it to people like me back through Bilby Yarns.

Carolyn
Handmade by Carolyn

After all, it’s not just an outfit, it’s the culmination of a whole process of researching, gathering materials, experimenting, learning and creating. It’s also a reminder to look at what is on your doorstep, unleash its potential and consider the environment and the mass production factories in the process.

Meg
Meggipeg

one summary post for all these projects hardly does justice to how much I love these pieces, how much I learned making them, and how knitting with local materials has deepened my connection to my local landscape and community.

Jess
Wardrobe Ecology

Exploring currently available British textiles also led me to give greater consideration to the historic textile industry, both to celebrate the beautiful things produced and the skill required to produce them, but also to be aware of the conditions many of these textiles were produced under. In Britain that included child labour, serious health risks for workers, long hours for low pay, and exploitation of the Empire.

Charlotte
English Girl at Home

Australia and NZ

 

Europe

 More Information

Resources by Area

Pinterest Board of #1year1outfit Posts 

https://www.pinterest.com/thisismoonlight/one-year-one-outfit-2015/

Latest Blog Posts

All related blog posts on this site can be found here.

 

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