Easy Piece by slow creations :: Natural dye on organic linen and silk :: Made for me, Runa Juhanisdotter :: Photo Ela Roth  

Easy Piece by slow creations :: Natural dye on organic linen and silk :: Made for me, Runa Juhanisdotter :: Photo Ela Roth  

Investigating design, creative activism and scientific fun! The Easy Piece project will travel beyond fashion borders, dress codes, norms, taboos and capsule wardrobes.

Easy Piece. Just one. For everyone!

Sustainable. Ethical. Chill. Easy, versatile, comfy, chic. Universal. Minimal. Maximal ... Everything!

Background

For a long time, I've been thinking about the ultimate "capsulet" wardrobe. Not a capsule, but a capsulet wardrobe. Reworking the concept. Making it even smaller. Even easier. Taking it even further. And making it responsible, respectful, diverse.

Def: capsule wardrobe¹
noun
a collection of clothes and accessories that includes only items considered essential
Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/capsule+wardrobe

So how many pieces? Five... four... three... ? After years of wearing clothes, learning about the forces that shape the way we dress, analyzing and contemplating, I finally came to the conclusion that I'd like to try to scale it down to just one piece of clothing. ONE!  The ultimate piece with a simple, neutral cut - a cross between an over-sized t-shirt and a tunic - that can be extended into a maxi piece. A garment both traditional and up to date, appreciated in many cultures. A piece that can be varied infinitely through the choice of material, techniques, colors and patterns and accessories. A model to be worn by everyone and anyone that likes it, regardless of gender, age, creed, nationality, occupation, class or origin. A beautiful creation of culture and science, not vanity and greed. A democratic garment. A super piece! (Let's push it ;)) Locally made-to-order or Do-It-Yourself. The primordial pattern would of course be open-source with a world wide viral gallery and forum for sharing knowledge, ideas, hacks and experiences.

Okay, let's stop thinking about it... and do it!

STARTING spring 2017

  • A primordial prototype is being developed in collaboration with Lene Madsen of Leluma Design. A functional and multi purpose garment for everyday and holiday. A quality piece that stays on the scene for years and leaves a minimal carbon imprint, that can be recycled and eventually gracefully returned to nature. Local and personal, yet universal. Crafted and produced with love and respect, not whipped up in a sweatshop. (A first Easy Piece was created already spring 2104 and has been worn for two years. It didn't totally meet my expectations, and is being fine tuned:) Why and how will be documented in our process log on tumblr.)
     
  • A first group of designers, artist and crafts people will experiment and develop their own interpretation of the Easy Piece. The Creative Commons pattern can be downloaded, used, hacked and adapted freely!
     
  • My personal wardrobe has not been updated for years and garments are beginning to fall apart and lose their function. Together with talented allies - a power-mix of designers, tailors, artists, crafters, researchers, activists and textile innovators - an allround, all season wardrobe consisting of eleven different Easy Pieces will be built. As part of the project I will during one year only wear these eleven garments, in combination with a minimum of necessary accessories and the few of my existing, still usable garments.

(This is about more than creating a stylish, nobrainer answer to the question: - ”Help, how shall I dress today? I have nothing to wear!” More than creating an outfit that works from day to evening. I will approach the task holistically, looking at the design process and outcome from all possible and impossible angles. Is it versatile and appealing, yes, but is it also ecological, ethical and resource efficient? Are there hidden costs...? During the experiment my Easy Piece wardrobe will be put to test; comfort, durabilty, function, environmental footprint, flexibility, look... Is it respectful, provocative, cool, useful... Will it work, will it have to be mended and fixed, will it fail? What worked, what didn't? Why? How many more years will this wardrobe work and how?)
 

The Easy Piece Project will be introduced during OSCEdays Berlin, June 2017, where my Easy Piece wardrobe and the various Easy Piece designs will be presented and the enterprise will be launched through schway experimental fashion hacks, exhibitions, discussions and festivities.

Yours sincerely,
Runa Junanisdotter a.k.a. BabarRuna
Fall 2016

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About the EASY PIECE project

Aim

To design a holistic super garment of high value that looks beyond stereotypes, profit and time. Not a uniform, but a versatile, adjustable, diverse design based on one, easy universal pattern. To be adapted to individual preferences, needs and local prerequisites for 'indefinite' design possibilities and styles.

To build an international, trans-disciplinary, collaborative, creative and innovative community for a slow, peaceful clothes revolution!

Questions

What are clothes? What shapes our decisions? How can we give them value and keep them in a healthy loop for a long time? How to reduce current over-consumption, destructive dress codes, animal abuse, human and environmental damages and exploitation?

What are our needs? What are the design parameters and limitations to be investigated, found and evaluated?

Can we even agree on a basic, neutral, universal still diverse and versatile pattern that works for eveyone without continuing down the path of mass and mono culture? To still express our identity, boldy or subtly and satisfy our needs? Appealing to all people regardless of origin, age, gender, nationality, class, occupation, creed... In hamorny with nature, heatlhy, ethical and just!

Is there a design for everyone and anyone! A versatile outfit for all kinds of people, occasions and moods. Will everyone really want to wear it? Or can anyone? And how minimal can it get? Can we make a whole wardrobe fit in a suitcase? Is that even desirable? Or interesting?

Method/Process 

Empirical, hands on and open source! The process will constantly be openly, non-violently, creatively, scientifically and curiously discussed and evaluated by users, designers, producers, craftspeople, activists, scientists, journalists, economists, politicians, artists, academics and more from every field and corner. The work will be documented, shared, adapted, hacked and fine tuned. ... Only to be stopped if suddenly one day or night everybody suddenly hollers 'Eureka, we have it'!

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There is no planet B!
Cut the crap! Reclaim culture! Redress! For a balanced future!

¹  "Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called "Wardrobe" in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. This idea was popularised by American designer Donna Karan, who, in 1985, released an influential capsule collection of seven interchangeable work-wear pieces. ... A modern system of dressing, Karan’s concept is based on Seven Easy Pieces, where a handful of interchangeable items work together to create an entire wardrobe that goes from day to evening, weekday to weekend, season to season. “I’m designing for an international man and woman. A creative person who never knows where a day is going to take them,” says Karan. “That’s why New York is on the label. It sets the pace, the attitude.” "

Source: Wikipedia

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Ps. Besides saving and making this world a just and prosperous place, I (Runa) have a personal reason for launching Easy Piece: It’s just impossible to find what I want in the stores. That super garment respectfully made for me!