16/06/2018 – 30/06/2018 > Exhibition – Conversation Pieces curated with Caroline Stevenson at Tenderbooks, London, UK
31/05/2018 – 01/06/2018 > Creative Practice Presentation – Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury, ArtEZ Arnhem, NL
06/04/2018 > Workshop – Conversation Pieces at The Community: Living Room, Paris, FR
26/01/2018 – 10/03/2018 > Exhibition – Omega Workshop: An Experiment in Counter-Fashion curated by Rational Dress Society with work by Nick Cave, Sky Cubacub, Frau Fiber, Friends of Light, Abigail Glaum-Lathbury, Ruby Hoette, KOVR, Fawn Krieger, Jennifer Moon, Marloes ten Bhömer, Marisa Williamson and Andrea Zittel. Hosted by EFA Project Space, NYC20/09/2017 > Book Launch – Opening Up the Wardrobe: A Methods Book edited by Kate Fletcher and Ingun Grimstad Klepp. Part of The Laundry Pile event during London Design Festival at Lila’s Laundrette, London
modus: a mode of procedure, a way of doing something
MODUS is a project to bridge the divide between theory and practice in fashion as well as explore and support expanded fashion practices: experimental methods, curiosity and criticality that have the ability to interrogate the social, cultural, political and environmental impacts of fashion and point to a future that transcends the current capitalist paradigm. The central idea of MODUS is to use ‘modes of practice’ as a starting point for creating an international network of practitioners. The glossary of practices forms the central thread of the first MODUS publication launched with an open studio at Onomatopee Projects during Dutch Design Week on the 25th October 2018.MODUS will develop a platform and network for alternate value systems and thus different ways of thinking, doing and being fashion. It will facilitate conversations between the practitioners working in this expanded field and writers/theorists from a range of disciplines from cultural and critical theory to politics and economics to formulate new perspectives on fashion taking different various forms from publications to events and workshops. MODUS is initiated and led by Ruby Hoette and Caroline Stevenson through Onomatopee Projects and in collaboration with Roland Brauchli.
What if fashion were a discussion, an exchange, a negotiation or even a heart to heart? And what if conversation were a mode of production? Are there new perspectives this might this reveal in terms of materials, processes and value?Conversation Pieces is an on-going research project that investigates the potential of garments as discursive objects and dress practices as dialogues. The project employs tools and techniques that are related to both text (highlighting) and textile (unpicking) to generate perspectives on fashion practice that are embedded in everyday dress practices and associated language.
For the publication and ongoing project Dictionary Dressings: Re-reading clothing definitions towards alternative fashion perspectives (2016) by Femke de Vries Conversation Pieces #1 explores the relationship between the sleeve and the scarf using their definitions, functions and everyday adaptations as mechanisms to reinterpret. The publication was launched with an exhibition at Onomatopee during Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven in October 2016. Editions of the project have been presented at Everyone and Everything as Material Conference hosted by The Swedish School of Textiles and RMIT, Borås, Sweden (2017) and Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury, ArtEZ Arnhem, NL (2018) as well as The Community: offline, Paris and Tenderbooks, London, UK (2018)
Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Poland 2015
This project was conceived and organised in collaboration with Pascale Gatzen and Cathy Leibowitz and made possible by all those who participated.
This Red Door and Textile Arts Center, NYC 2013