About a Worker is a design studio that fosters dialogue around the power relationships between design and manufacture. For this project, the studio was invited to Shenzhen to collaborate with a group of former clothing sweatshop workers. The worker-designers deconstructed and reconstructed their green uniforms, investing the identical, ill-fitting garments with individual style.

The creative process was inspired by the urban landscape and rapid transformation of the city and workers’ village in which they live. The project offered the women agency as makers, inviting them to use their creative skills in cutting, sewing, and pressing for themselves, rather than in the making of cheap fashion.