Product Pieces

Created for Premsela's Sustainable Fashion Assignment - A Fashion Odyssey:
Three young Dutch fashion designers created designs about sustainability and style last year for a symposium of the same name on fashion and sustainability. Iñiy Sanchez, Elsien Gringhuis and Berber Soepboer discuss questions and choices they faced during the design process in a video.

'Product Pieces' is a garment design concept characterized by the variety of ways in which it can be worn. Through folding, five pieces of fabric with five different prints can be converted into five different designs, based on the main elements of traditional costume. In the days of the traditional costume was mass production unimaginable therefore the custom-made pieces were preserved and highly economical handled. Elementary in traditional costume is the communication of information on the wearer about region, origins, wealth, marriageability, mourning, etc. Inspired by these elements, Product Pieces similarly provides information about the clothing production process through prints by the graphic designer Michiel Schuurman. Each print is connected to a single step within the production process, in this way the complete process will be revealed. By informing the consumer of the number of parties involved in the process, and thus how many people should earn money on a single piece creates greater awareness. This awareness is essential to achieve sustainability; because of the many parties involved in garment production it is virtually impossible to complete the entire process sustainably. In traditional costume, garments were often made in ways that allowed the material to be easily reused; the folding technique used in the Product Pieces designs means the fabric can always be returned to its original form and used again for a different design. Sustainability is therefore present in this design on different levels: as subject matter, through the prints, which increase awareness; as a basic principle, through the multiple lives of the pieces of fabric; and as an overarching idea, through allowing the wearer to provide input through his or her choices, giving the garment emotional meaning so that it will be worn longer.

Production Process
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Circular Saw × Jacket
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Wagon Wheel × Shawl
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Truck Wheel × Skirt
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Gear Wheel × Shoulder Strap
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Propeller × Apron
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credits: concept/design; Berber Soepboer, textile/print design; Michiel Schuurman, photography; Ninette Schostack

Soepboer & Stooker Collection

2d-3d: ‘FUNCTION CAN BE COLLECTED’
The ‘Soepboer & Stooker Collection’ genealogical register will display the basic principle of the collection in progress.
A new appearance will be given to objects from our daily life.
‘function can be collected’ is an installation that connects garments, textiles and accessories
into a new perspective.

Soepboer & Stooker is a shop/studio/gallery based on the concept of ‘all-inclusive fashion’ concerning textiles and clothing.
Exclusive fashion from young designers and established labels like BLESS, Marloes Blaas, and Reality Studio can be purchased as well as books, magazines and accessories.
Furthermore Soepboer & Stooker is a design studio which also accommodates workshops in sewing techniques. In the gallery there are varying photo exhibitions from, among others, Blommers/ Schumm, Scheltens-Abbenes and Qiu Yang.
Soepboer & Stooker aims to offer a multifunctional platform for the introduction of distinguishing designers and photographers.
Founders Berber Soepboer (Schiermonnikoog,1983) and Anne Stooker (Utrecht,1984) met at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy while studying fashion. Combining their talents they are able to create their unique shop/studio/gallery since October 2009. To complete their concept they now introduce the 'Soepboer & Stooker Collection'.

Installation
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Presentation
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Graphic Design
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credits: concept & design; Berber Soepboer & Anne Stooker, photography; Ninette Schostack, graphic design; Suzanne Caerteling

Present & Past + Identity & Perception

A collection designed in collaboration with Anne Stooker. Commisioned by the municipality of Zaltbommel to promote the dutch fortress cities Gorinchem, Woudrichem, Castle Loevesteijn and Fort Vuren. Inspired by Countess Jacoba van Beieren a remarkable historical person from this region. Elements from her life such as traditional dress, Dutch ship trade/VOC and waterways are reflected in the designs.
Present and Past + Identity and Perception were visualized in designs in which shapes and prints of the past get a new form and function in the present. This has resulted in garments which can be worn in different ways where there is an interaction between the individual pieces by means of encounters and connections.
The significance of the individual designs becomes evident by merging them; four garments together, with a square base and a print, display the family arms of Jacoba of Beieren. Three garments are together a VOCcompass. The designs for the two silk scarves find their origin in folds; for storing clothes in cupboards and chests, it was necessary to fold in the old days. The folds are visible on the print but the actual scarf isn’t folded, also the VOC painting is folded and then printed.

The Family Arms of Jacoba van Beieren
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The Family Arms of Jacoba van Beieren stills
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Silk Scarfs
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VOC Compass
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credits: concept & design; Berber Soepboer & Anne Stooker, photography; Ninette Schostack

Treasuring Places

A new collection that centralizes around the owner of the garment and its fascination for special places.

The inspiration for this collection originated whilst travelling through China. In Buddhist Temples it is tradition to tie red ribbons around pillars, railings and trees. This makes the temple appear to be ‘overgrown’ with this enormous quantity of ribbons. The experience, the gesture of leaving something behind and the beauty of this gesture are the inspiration for this collection. The interaction between garments, moments and places are key points. This is visualized by means of leaving behind and taking objects.

Events held at special or dear places will be characterized as treasures. The garments have parts that can be left behind; for instance ribbons that can be tied around something to mark this place as a ‘Treasuring Place’. Some garments also have storage for found objects; the wearer is able to carry the memory of that place with them. The identity of the wearer will become part of the garment through their stories and experiences with places that are special to them.

The presentation for this collection took place on 3 different ‘special’ places in Amsterdam; Retort Art Space; Aalsmeerweg 103, Soepboer & Stooker; Overtoom 9 and the Olympic Stadium; Olympisch Stadion 21. The collection compiles of 6 pieces, for each piece a person is asked to choose a few ‘Treasuring Places’ off their own. Using the collection pieces of their choices will be marked, memorized and documented by means of stories and photography.


Michiel
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Eva
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Jeannet
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Hans
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Nienke
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Bianca
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credits; Concept and design; Berber Soepboer, Photography; Ninette Schostack, Assistance and design textileprint; Margaux Abad




Admired Colour

Circle skirt especially designed for the exhibition 'Draw the Outline' at 'het Oude Raadhuis' Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. Five young artists presented their new work; Ank Daamen, Nieske Kalkman, Johanneke Lamoraal Wichers, Berber Soepboer & Anne Stooker

'Admired Colour'; each off the 5 exhibitors was asked to choose a person they admire. These 'admired' people all recieved 1 cirkle skirt with a black and white print. They were asked to colour this print the way they like best. At Draw the Outline the 5 different skirts were exhibited.

Nieske Kalman: Annesas Appel
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Ank Daamen: Sachi Miyachi
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Exhibition Draw The Outline
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Johanneke Lamoraal Wichers: Simon de Boer
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Berber Soepboer: Marloes Blaas
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Anne Stooker: Robert Risteski
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Performance Simon de Boer
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Ank Daamen: Sachi Miyachi
Nieske Kalkman: Annesas Appel
Johanneke Lamoraal Wichers: Simon de Boer
Berber Soepboer: Marloes Blaas
Anne Stooker: Robert Risteski


credits: concept/design; Berber Soepboer, textile/print design; Michiel Schuurman, photography; Charlott Markus

For Sale Colour-In Dress

The 'Colour-In' Dress is available for 300 Euro.
Textile markers included, porto excluded.

Get a Colour-In Dress and create your own unique design.

Order a dress by sending an email to soepboerschuurman@gmail.com mentioning your name, adress, number and size.

 
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Please check the sizes carefully!

Sizes in cm:
- A: chest 86,6 cm , waist 68,4 cm
- B: chest 94,6 cm, waist 76,4 cm
- C: chest 102,6 cm, waist 84,4 cm
- D: chest 110,6 cm, waist 92,4 cm

Sizes in inches:
- A: chest 34,1 in., waist 26,9 in.
- B: chest 37.2 in., waist 30,1 in.
- C: chest 40,4 in., waist 33,2 in.
- D: chest 43.5 in., waist 36.4 in.

Soepboer & Stooker

Berber Soepboer & Anne Stooker opened the new Shop/Studio/Gallery;

'SOEPBOER & STOOKER'
garments and textiles
at the Overtoom 9 Amsterdam

The concept of the place is based on garments and textile, from start to the final product.

STUDIO: Design & workspace (young) artist in residence and founders. Workshops. Now; Hyun Yeu is artist in residence.
SHOP: Exclusive fashion and designs by young artists, fabrics, accessories, books, clothes & a mini launderette. Now; BLESS, Christian Wijnants, Marloes Blaas, bianca speijk, pieces of Siddh, Tarra-g.
GALLERY: Varying shows/exhibitions by the artist in residence, and young designers. Opening exhibition; collection by Hyun Yeu (winner Frans Molenaar Price) and photography by Blommers/Schumm

 
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tel:+31 (0)20 6128623
www.soepboerstooker.nl

opening celebration 22-10-2009

credits: cirkels by Michiel Schuurman, photography by Charlott Markus

Fragment Textiles

Fragment Textiles is collaboration with Fioen van Balgooi. She did a research on how fashion designers can design eco-effective. She explored the effect of the choices made during the design process on the environment. And tried to think about the consequences of the design when it would be discarded. This information was used during the design process. In this research was a good connection with the concept; clothing which can be worn in different ways, so the owner can make choices in how to wear the cloth. It adds durability, and gives the possibility to a cloth with a second function.

The goal was to design clothes with a second live; cradle to cradle. Completely environmentally friendly. Together they developed two small forms made of special biological wool. Squares and Stars, both can be put together with more of the same kind creating a fabric. Both forms have small slices, which gives them the possibility to click in each other and hold. Two cloths were made with these forms; a square dress and a star skirt. Both completely detachable thus changeable, in colour as in form.

Squares
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Stars
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Credits: Photography; Savale, Make-up; Annelies van Oosterum, Model; Marjolein Heij

Colour-In Dress

The Colour-In Dress & The Replacement Dresses; by Berber Soepboer & Michiel Schuurman 2008

This collection is created especially for an exhibition about 'De Ploeg', a famous Dutch textile factory. ‘De Ploeg’ was a great inspiration with their amazing textile prints, fashion designs and their admirable ideology. It resulted in 4 dresses created around 2 concepts, ‘The Colour-In Dress’ and ‘The Replacement Dresses’. In both concepts textile patterns were the essence of the design, these patterns originated in collaborating with graphic designer Michiel Schuurman. He designed some beautiful textile patterns to fit in the concepts and with a touch of ‘de Ploeg’. The concept of the dresses make it possible that the cloth is partly designed by the person who wears it, which hopefully makes them more valuable to the wearer. When clothes are cared for people tend to wear it longer, this makes the dress durable.
The result is a reaction to the rapidly changing fashion, and the massive confection. Your dress will be unique.


 
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Completely Coloured Dress By Berber & Michiel
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'The Colour-In Dress' is a simple dress with a black and white print, which is especially designed to fill with coloured textile markers. Because the print is so flexible you can make many different designs by colouring it. Everybody can interpret the print the way they like it best.

This dress is for sale please check the NEWS section.

credits: Design & Concept: Berber Soepboer, Textile Design/Graphic Design: Michiel Schuurman, Photography: Sander Marsman, Styling: Anne Stooker, Model: Nina Varga, Make-up: Zarah Aharon

Replacement Dresses

By Berber Soepboer & Michiel Schuurman 2008

Replacement Dress-01
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Replacement Dress-03
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Replacement Dresses
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‘The Replacement Dresses' exists out of three dresses all printed with a multicoloured design. Each dress exists out of several pieces, which are attached to each other by buttons. The pieces can be exchanged between the three dresses. This makes it possible to combine the three different prints in a way the wearer prefers.

credits: Design & Concept: Berber Soepboer, Textile Design/Graphic Design: Michiel Schuurman, Photography: Sander Marsman, Styling: Anne Stooker, Model: Nina Varga, Make-up: Zarah Aharon

Wearing Beachwear

2008

 
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credits: Design & Concept: Berber Soepboer, Photography: Sander Marsman, Styling: Anne Stooker, Model: Zazoe, Make-up: Sabrina Dijkman

Doable Dresses

Graduation Collection 2007

Silhouette
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Length
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Volume
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Colour
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Size
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Decoration
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credits: Design & Concept: Berber Soepboer, Photography: Sander Marsman & Berber Soepboer, Model: Eline Jansen

Tartan Bedpieces

2006

 
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Seeking Skirt

2006

 
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