Every shirt tells a story. From fibre to factory, fabric to finishing, ship to shop; from the wardrobe to the washing machine, the second-hand outlet to landfill or incineration. This ubiquitous garment comes with climate change credentials. Professor Becky Earley’s Inaugural lecture looked through the Top 100 archive of shirts; twenty years of remaking second-hand polyester shirts. She has brought them back to life in order to discover the new slow design stories we need to write for the industry, towards a more equitable circular society. The shirts are viewed through the lens of Latour’s Actor Network Theory to help us understand more about the value of the emerging roles of practice researchers in creating material systems for our circular futures.
Click here to watch the talk. (coming soon)