Clothing is a constant companion to our everyday experience, and one of the most influential aspects of clothing as mediators between us and our surroundings is pockets. The presence, absence, size, placement, and materiality of pockets can have a profound effect on our mannerisms, ways of moving through the world, interacting with objects, and expressing/forming ideas of identity.
Gender inequality, wealth inequality, environmental degradation: All large and nebulous systemic issues that can be difficult to untangle and find how our experience and those of our community fit into these worldwide narratives. The universality of pockets gives us a way to analyze the differences in our experiences navigating the world; as a concrete and tangible way to address inequalities in identity, access, and ecology.
Pocket Change is an opportunity to engage others in dialogues related to experience of gender, class, place and the environment through accessible and shareable design activities centering around pocket equity. These activities will explore the repair/reuse/redesign of pre-existing artifacts and materials as a sustainable practice, rather than relying on the consumption of new products. They will be celebrations of identity sharing, storytelling and world making through textiles. We see this moment as an excellent occasion for individuals and communities to interrogate their role in global material and cultural economies, to create and enact meaningful and significant paradigm shifts within our relationship to textile design, production, consumption, and equity.