It’s one of the goals of the Make Thrift Mend project to create a resource list* of fast-fashion alternatives at the intersection of art, fashion, and sustainability.  This project will be research intensive–learning to make my own garments, finding used-clothing sources, locating materials, and identify artists, authors, and leaders at the intersection of this work. It is my aim to share the results of this research with you. Here. In this space.

Of course, this list is incomplete and cannot possibly include every artist, author, sustainable fashion site, or ecological art center but it is my goal to share a wide variety of resources that align with my project goals and might also inspire your own journey. Even a small shift in our thinking/ actions can result in a big change over the course of time. This list contains links to artists, authors, organizations, resource centers, books, publications, and more. (Please note: It does not include a list of fashion labels or designers as other sites have done a great job of this already–it does include artists making clothing, sustainable design leaders/ authors/ centers, and other leaders at the center of art + sustainability + fashion.)

Make Thrift Mend is not the only project to engage with sustainable fashion and “art as action” but it’s my personal journey to navigate a fast-fashion fast, gain self-sufficiency, and conduct extensive research through my lens as an artist. It also allows me to participate in social change, social practice, and social action. I hope this space inspires you to engage.

PEOPLE (artists, authors):

  • Abigail Doan, Lost in Fiber
  • Adrienne Antonson, State
  • Andrea Zittel, An Institute of Investigative Living
  • Eliza Starbuck, You Bright Young Things
  • Elizabeth Cline, Overdressed
  • India Flint, Prophet of Bloom
  • Kate Fletcher, Local Wisdom/ Craft of Use
  • Natalie Chanin, Alabama Chanin
  • Rachel Burgess, Fibershed
  • Sasha Duerr, Permacouture Institute
  • Sheena Matheiken, The Uniform Project
  • Sonya Philip, 100 Acts of Sewing
  • Stephanie Syjuco, Anti-Factory
  • Tom of Holland, The Visible Mending Programme

PLACES (websites, centers):

  • Center for Sustainable Fashion (London, England)
  • Craft of Use (Online)
  • Darn and Dusted (London, England)
  • East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse (Oakland, CA)
  • EcoFashion Guide (Online)
  • Ethical Fashion Forum (Online)
  • Future Farmers (Online)
  • Green Museum (Online)
  • Green Art Guide (Online)
  • ISLAND Hill House Artist Residency (Bellaire, MI)
  • Made-By (Online)
  • Ogaard Textile Works (Oakland, CA)
  • Overdressed The Book (Online)
  • Permacouture Institite (Online)
  • San Francisco Dump: Recology Artist Residency Program (San Francisco, CA)
  • SCRAP (San Francisco, CA)
  • SlowFashioned (Online)
  • Slow Lab (Online)
  • Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (Otis, Oregon)
  • Textile Arts Center (Brooklyn, NY)
  • The Visible Mending Programme (Brighton, England)
  • The Worm Farm Institute (Reedsburg, WI)
  • Treehugger (Online)
  • Verb: A Place for Keeping Warm (Oakland)
  • WEAD: Women Environmental Artist Directory (Online)

THINGS (books, magazines):

  • Alabama Stitch Book/ Alabama Studio Style/ Alabama Studio Sewing & Design by Natalie Chanin (Books)
  • Boro: Rags and Tatters from the Far North of Japan by Yokiko Koide & Kyoichi Tsuzuki (Book)
  • Cloth by Cassandra Ellis (Book)
  • Design-It-Yourself Clothes by Cal Patch (Book)
  • Eco Colour by India Flint (Book)
  • Fashion & Sustainability: Design for Change by Kate Fletcher and Lynda Grose (Book)
  • Fiber Art Now (Magazine)
  • Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes by Rebecca Burgess (Book)
  • Linen, Wool, Cotton by Akiko Mano (Book)
  • Mend It Better by Kristin Roach (Book)
  • Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution by Safia Minney (Book)
  • Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline (Book)
  • Refashioned by Sass Brown (Book)
  • Second Skin: Choosing and Caring for Textiles and Clothing by India Flint (Book)
  • Selvedge (Magazine)
  • The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes by Sasha Duerr (Book)
  • The Textile Artist’s Studio Handbook by Owyn Ruck and Visnja Popovic (Book)

*Please note: This list is a work-in-progress and will continue to evolve.