Socializing Value Creation Through Practices of Making Clothing Differently: A Case Study of a Makershop With Diverse Locals

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Research units

  • Ulm University
  • Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF)
  • Free University of Bozen-Bolzano


To counter the unsustainability of the current mainstream fashion system, an increasing number of designers are activating practices of social making aimed at empowering people through shared learning experiences. Within this context, the collaborative network Mode Uncut initiated Make Yourself…, a project focused on socializing value creation through making clothing differently. This article presents the project which took place in BITZ Unibz FabLab in Bolzano (Italy), as a case of social making of clothing in a “makershop” (i.e., a makerspace combined with a pop-up shop where diverse locals make clothes using discarded textiles and second-hand garments). Through this participatory action research project, it emerged that the process of bringing together diverse locals in a makerspace can help generating different clothing concepts, and that these concepts can bring about different value propositions for local clothes production. As an outcome of the project, a framework for socializing value creation was corroborated and enriched; the framework is conceived for other designers to use and generate value for individuals, communities, societies, the environment and local economies. In conclusion, this article discusses how social making contributes to shaping alternative exchange economies of fashion.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-80
Number of pages28
JournalFashion Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • alternative exchange economies, fashion makerspace, social making, value proposition

ID: 35749655