One can take the kid out of the playground, but it is not possible to take the playground out of the kid. We have visited every playground in our city Riga, spent many hours and days playing. The entertainment is usually the same – sands, swings, slide, climbs. The trajectory for the kid is defined by entertainment.
Miko was the kid who would never leave the playground- a creative space for all the children to participate in. Not only did a playground entertain Miko, it was a place he would make friends, find new toys, learn new tricks on the playground gear and many other things. Whilst building sandcastles the children where building their own models of the world, much like on a construction site. Simona was the mother trapped in the playground for hours. It was impossible to agree with Miko to leave the playground, therefore many businesses and friends’ meetings were conducted there.
Our inspiration was the trajectories and movements, the playground itself and the functionalism of children apparel – very close to Japanese workwear. The research was used in patterns, in constructions of the garments. Simona is also doing her PhD in sustainable fashion and many findings about sustainability were included in the collection – how to incorporate fabric scraps and leftovers in new garments tastefully, the use of ancient fabric manipulation techniques – jogakbo, boro, applique.