This ESRC Knowledge Exchange grant is an inventive methods and creative interdisciplinary project on the history of cycle wear.
It focuses on lesser-known stories about Victorian engineering, early wearable technology, hacker culture and radical feminist cultures of invention. More specifically, it is about cycle wear inventors and their contributions to cycling’s past. The research team combined archival research with the making of a range of garments, drawn from 1890s patents in collaboration with contemporary craft practitioners – an artist (Alice Angus), weaver (Dashing Tweeds), filmmaker (Britt Hatzius) and pattern cutter (Nadia Constantinou).
Outputs : sewing workshops, bike rides, collection of convertible cycle costumes, time-lapse video, an automaton, journal articles, talks, performances, exhibition and a book.