19.03.2018 / ARTICLE / 10 MIN READ
Photo by Pablo de Pastors.
TEXT BY FIRMAMENTO. PHOTOS BY PABLO DE PASTORS, SALVA LÓPEZ, ENRIC BADRINAS AND FIRMAMENTO.
A few months ago we realized that we were accumulating many fabric leftovers from past collections. This fact clashed with our objective of being environmentally responsible and completely conscious about all the effects our production processes have in our context. So, at this point of the reflection, we saw that we had to do something with all this good quality material stockpiled up in our warehouse, and only two options were possible: recycling the fabric leftovers or give it a second chance and create something new from it.
We played for the second in a very firm way. Even if we only had one meter of a kind, we used it!
Photo by Salva López.
silkscreen printed and then manufactured.
While planning this new clothing production we realized that because we were working with the limitation of just using the fabrics we had in our warehouse, all resulting garments would be limited editions and unique pieces. More difficulty was added to the production process, but we really liked the idea of uniqueness, since a new value was added to the clothing we were working on.
We ended up having a maximum of 5 pieces per model (one per size), even in some cases there only exists a unique piece. All pieces are numbered and limited to a total of 184. People who would decide to buy one of these Firmamento T-shirts or sweatshirts would be proud of having a piece of which not many exist around the world.
Photo by Firmamento.
The project wasn’t finished here. We wanted all the garments having something in common and working on a pattern to be silkscreen printed in each piece was the thing that motivated us the most.
We had been following Marcus Oakley work for a while and we really like his illustration work. We always thought we’d be super happy with doing a collaboration with him. So, we had it a go and got in touch with him with the proposal of designing a pattern for this special Firmamento project. That’s how our relationship with the British artist began.
Marcus Oakley designed a series of surfers to be silkscreen printed on each piece of fabric. A pattern featuring what seems a simple drawing language reminding to geometry and also to prehistoric representations. The design reflects how Oakley enjoys the physicality of drawing and connecting one line with another. Thick lines, thin lines, curved, straight, fast, slow, wonky,… all having their own special mood and melody, used and combined to create the legendary surfers riding waves of this pattern.
In “Legendary Surfers” we keep on with our cornerstone of supporting local production and artisanal procedures as the way of being environmentally sustainable and to establish tight relationships with the people involved in the creation of a Firmamento piece.
For the careful work of silkscreen printing Oakley’s pattern, we counted with the professional skills and accurate hand of Atelier Spritz. Frédérique is one of the persons we love working with because she does a very good handmade work and she always understands and gets motivated about the challenges we propose in every new project.