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Time, Wear and Maintenance: the afterlife of things

Kelley, Victoria (2015) Time, Wear and Maintenance: the afterlife of things. In: Writing Material Culture History. Bloomsbury, London, pp. 191-198. ISBN HB:978-14725-1857-6

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Kelley, Victoria

In 1903 novelist and journalist Jack London published an account of his undercover investigation into poverty in the East End of London. He described the clothes he wore, which included ‘a frayed jacket with one remaining button’. London’s jacket was rendered derelict by the effects of time and wear, but it is important to remember too the assiduous habits of maintenance (washing, brushing, patching, darning) that were used to counter dereliction and to keep clothing in good repair. This chapter explores clothing and textile examples to suggest methodologies for writing the history of the ‘afterlife’ of objects, not as new and pristine things, but in their everyday relationships with the people who used and maintained them.

Official Website: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/writing-material-culture-history-9781472518569/
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Bloomsbury
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 2015
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2015 10:02
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2015 10:02
Item ID: 8165
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/8165

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