Working on: Re-Up-Bi-Cycle,

the Upcoming Collection

Lately, we have been having a lot of fun working on our upcoming collection “Re-Up-Bi-Cycle”. By now, true followers must have noticed that we are quite into sustainability. And the people who shared spaces with us, like co-living or co-working spaces, know well that we really really live by it. Unfortunately, what we have experienced and observed is that people sometimes find recycling or up-cycling so boring or as a burden and a heavy activity. The warnings we put in our co-spaces, “could you please recycle your trash?”, are usually followed up by an argument after a short while. There were many times we were perceived as annoying, environmentalist nerds, or as one of the woman, who shared our studio briefly with us, put “b.tches”. Well, we don’t care what she thinks! We obviously should recycle, up-cycle, bicycle!

In our work, we love exploring how we can contribute to sustainable production and living. Sometimes we devote a whole collection such as “Leftovers” and “Hacked!” and sometimes we challenge our means of production, our packages, or how we deliver our products. So, this time, we wanted to put a focus on recycling, up-cycling and bicycling with a collection rightfully named “Re-Up-Bi-Cycle”. We want to celebrate these habits, and the green nerds who love these habits, and maybe motivate some others to do so. Staying true to the character of the collection, we decided that the best production method is analog and slow production. So, after many hours of fine tuning our design, we had it applied on a silkscreen at a local atelier. The last couple of days passed very hands-on applying the design to the beautiful %100 cotton canvas bags. We also tried it on a vintage T-shirt. Loving the result, now looking for sourcing similar T-shirts as well.

So, here is a sneak peak from the process.

Re-Up-Bi-Cycle bags drying after silkscreen printing

Silkscreen Printing

One aspect we like about analog production methods is that the process slows and calms you down. You really have to concentrate on the task at hand otherwise you will end up with a false product. It takes some time to set your system and find your rhythm but once you do, you are in a creative flow.

Silkscreen printing process of Re-Up-Bi-Cycle bags
Silkscreen printing process of Re-Up-Bi-Cycle bags
Silkscreen printing process of Re-Up-Bi-Cycle bags
Silkscreen printing process of Re-Up-Bi-Cycle bags
Silkscreen printing process of Re-Up-Bi-Cycle bags
Silkscreen printing process of Re-Up-Bi-Cycle bags
Re-Up-Bi-Cycle bags drying after silkscreen printing
Silkscreen printing process of Re-Up-Bi-Cycle tshirt

Ta Daaa …

Seda wearing the Re-Up-Bi-Cycle Canvas Bag
Seyda wearing the Re-Up-Bi-Cycle t-shirt