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Fashion Activism and Design for Social Change – The Making for Change: Waltham Forest Project

Mazzarella, Francesco (2023) Fashion Activism and Design for Social Change – The Making for Change: Waltham Forest Project. In: Design, Materials and Making for Social Change. Design Research for Change . Routledge, pp. 159-177. ISBN 9781003260356

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Mazzarella, Francesco

This chapter explores ways in which fashion activism, design and making can be used to catalyse positive social change and build long-term legacies within communities. To exemplify this, the author reflects on the Making for Change: Waltham Forest project which was developed in partnership between a Higher Education Institution and a local government department in London to address socio-economic issues, such as deprived youth, skills shortage, and high employment rates. Adopting a participatory action research methodology, the designer activated a series of research residencies with heritage fashion manufacturing businesses, which resulted in the creation of a number of artefacts or ‘provocations’ for social change. As an outcome, this fashion activism project contributed to raising people’s awareness of sustainability issues, developing making skills, opening up career pathways, fostering community engagement, and building cross-sector partnerships. Furthermore, while enabling change in others, the design researcher leading the project undertook a process of change in himself and in his own way of engaging with materials and making processes within a social context. In the conclusions of the chapter, the author discusses the challenges experienced throughout this fashion activism project, and outlines recommendations for future work.

Official Website: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781003260356-10/fashion-activism-design-social-change-making-change-waltham-forest-project-francesco-mazzarella?context=ubx&refId=412b4b67-006a-46f2-9f7e-3e412c314d4d
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: design activism, fashion sustainability, making, social change, place-making
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Routledge
Your affiliations with UAL: Research Centres/Networks > Centre for Sustainable Fashion
Date: 1 June 2023
Funders: London Borough of Waltham Forest
Digital Object Identifier: 10.4324/9781003260356
Related Websites: https://www.sustainable-fashion.com/making-for-change-waltham-forest
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Related Publications: https://www.sustainable-fashion.com/making-for-change-waltham-forest
Date Deposited: 31 May 2023 11:26
Last Modified: 31 May 2023 11:26
Item ID: 20137
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/20137

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