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S4S: Designing a Sensibility for Sustainable Clothing

1 November 2017 - 15 September 2019

PI/s in Exeter: Professor Clare Saunders

CI/s in Exeter: Associate Professor Joanie Willett

Research partners: Fiona Hackney (Manchester Met)

Funding awarded: £ 465,000

Sponsor(s): Arts and Humanities Research Council

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S4S: Designing a Sensibility for Sustainable Clothing

About the research

The S4S project sought to help around 40 participants to develop a 'sensibility for sustainable clothing'. We used embodied research - making, mending and modifying clothes in 40 one-day workshops - to encourage them to think, feel and act more sustainably in their clothing choices. We used a range of innovative arts and social science methodologies to chart our participants journeys through the project. Our methodologies include reflective short videos, reflective clothing diaries, wardrobe audits (counts and interviews), surveys, and making collaborative artefacts.