“Before our current throwaway culture, repairing our clothes was a normality; it was a sign of high social status and wealt if you could afford such a skilled craftsman that the repair was invisible.
In a time where the fashion industry has become
the second most polluting industry in the world,
and we have almost forgotten the art of repair,
I found it important to make the repairs visible and beautiful as a way of bringing it back into the collective conciousness.”
Studio Mend started as one of Sunniva’s graduation projects at Design Academy Eindhoven, and is the concept for a clothing repair service which specializes in the visible mending of normal flaws from long term use like holes, stains and weakened fabric.
The service was born out of the wish to present an alternative to throwing away those garments which still has great potential to be used and valued.
Inspired by the Japanese philosophy Wabi Sabi, each garment is approached with the aim of using the imperfection to heigthen the quality of the garment- a visible statement about the material and emotional value of what we wear.
The customer can choose between four carefully developed technique styles and colour designs
which aims to use the imperfection to heighten the garments quality and uniqueness.
Studio Mend has since graduation been put into action, and is currently located in Oslo, Norway, where Sunniva repairs garments on request and does project-based and conceptual repair work.
Village of Ethics
Since 1909, there have been name-plates on the houses surrounding the prisons in Veenhuizen, with moralistic sayings on them that would remind the prisoners how to be «a good human being».
Sunniva asked the current inhabitants of Veenhuizen; what would you have written on your nameplate if you could choose?
Based on conversations that emerged,
Sunniva made a collection of bricks, engraved with a variety of ethics or core values.
With the aim of making the visitor of Veenhuizen reflect on their own ethics and core values, and look at Veenhuizens history in a different way, they would be encouraged to choose one brick- and have it placed in a designated place in Veenhuizen.
Sunniva envisions a growing path made by the bricks going through the village, creating a timeline and a worldly collection of ethics; truly making Veehuizen a Village of Ethics.
One of the original nameplates in Veenhuizen :
“Order and dicipline”
A nameplate based on what I could imagine my
generation would choose:
“Fit and vital”
“Knowledge is Power”
“In a city like Madrid most of the nature we can find is controlled and maintained by the cities inhabitants.
But where did the wild nature go?
Does it exist in the city as well?”
Psychologically humans need to be surrounded by not only by nature and green, but the wild nature, which we have moved away from as urbanisation of the world grows.
When we weed out all signs of wilderness in our lives, it shows itself in our physic, often in form of panic and anxiety.
By welcoming areas in the city that would be allowed to be wild, we can hopefully gain a more balanced life.
«Wild City» is a guidebook that will show you the wild nature in the city, giving you both information on the subject and tools on how to participate on re-wilding the city.
-City Circle Madrid research project-
Growing up in a big family with a great focus on food, Sunniva couldn’t help feeling inspired by the social tradition of the people in Madrid cramming themselves together in small bars to eat and talk about the day.
As a tribute to the strong feeling of togetherness around food that Sunniva observed in Madrid, she designed ceramic plates especially made for sharing food.
The Parliament of Self
«To be able to take action in society, we first have to understand ourselves and our subjective opinions.»
Inspired by democracy’s concept of equal voice to the people, and with a need to create a dialogue between the rational, non-intellectual and the body, Sunniva asked herself: how can I create a method with gives equal voice to all the parts of me?
The Parliament of Self is a method which aims to consciously examine one’s subjective view and experience of the world. By differentiating between the voices of the mind, body and soul, we can question which part is actually speaking when «I» voice an opinion in a political discussion.
A carpet acts as the arena and the product; it’s circular shape is based on how a political parliament is set up, with different sections that represent the different parties involved. The carpet would be used together with instructions and working sheets which help you to differentiate and reflect.