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Make do and Mend



The 'Make, Do and Mend' project examined how we might reinvigorate community-based approaches to the repair of clothing and the potential roles for online and offline activities to facilitate knowledge exchange, build communities and develop new repair processes and strategies. An interdisciplinary research project, funded by the ‘Imagine’ scheme at Sheffield Hallam University, bought together researchers from the Communication and Computing, and Art and Design Research Centres, and the Material and Engineering Research Institute. Lead investigator: Dr Alison Gwilt with Professor Alison Adam (sociology), Professor Daniela Petrelli (human-centred design and technology), Dr Karen Vernon-Parry (material science) and Dr Claire Craig (wellbeing).


Gwilt. A (2014) ‘What Prevents People Repairing Clothes? An Investigation into Community-Based Approaches to Sustainable Product Service Systems for Clothing Repair’. In: Making Futures Journal (vol 3), Plymouth: Plymouth College of the Arts. Available at:

Gwilt, A. (2015) ‘Fashion and Sustainability: Repairing the Clothes We Wear’, in Gwilt, A (Ed) Fashion Design for Living. Routledge: London. Available at:

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