CRAFTING PLASTICS! (CP!) is a future platform for dynamic research in bioplastics, craft and production methods. In critical response to an exclusive, exploitive fashion system, the organisation will build up on research and innovations in bioplastics. Our aim is to get biodegradable plastics from renewable resources towards the stage of our day-to-day lives.
Fashion only lasts a little while, but an open mind is always in style
— Molly Nilsson, the power ballad, berlin, 2013
We emphasise low-key and high-end. By combining craft + technology, fast + slow production methods, we discover the mostly unknown field of bioplastics derived from plants. These, together with compatible technologies, are being explored and possible applications tested.
Extensive research into the direction of production and overconsumption directs us towards the idea that biodegradability can unexpectedly solve another problem: the constant quest for novelty, consumption of the latest revolving trends, and the aspirational acquisition that defines the capitalist system as we know it.
Our products could serve this need while NOT creating leftovers, waste, trash and unemployed mass. What if fast production can be ecological and social? What if you can use your product after one season of usage to fertilize plants?
Fashion is the world’s 2nd most polluting industry, second to oil. –– DANISH FASHION INSTITUTE, 2013
Be part of it! Our production is designed to be transparent and inclusive, based on cooperation and exchange. We share parts of our own methodology including high-end and do-it-yourself strategies. We combine craft and technology with an educational moment. People of different backgrounds sit together, learn, experiment, try out get inspired and inspire us in return with unexpected input and reactions. CP! is always clear about how and by whom are its products made, from which ingredients and why. During our workshops, customer becomes a part of pre-production process, they can understand, influence and develop their own plastic structure.
Everybody’s Plastic, But I Love Plastic. I Want To Be Plastic. - ANDY WARHOL
CRAFTING PLASTICS! is a project that questions the format of design labels and traditional fashion studios, and can be understood as a collaborative archive of ideas directly connected with experimentation and communication of these ideas. We do eventually intend to produce sellable products and bring them on the market, but this is not the primary concern and does not follow a seasonal approach but rather a broader cyclical understanding of products, their design, and the materials and processes used to create them.