Martijn van Strien
 

MAKERSLEEVE

Makersleeve is the first sleeve for smart devices that can be made on demand, anywhere in the world, by anyone. Designed following the belief that no products should be mass produced, but created specifically for each customer in exactly the way you need it.

Unlike your average laptop sleeve, a Makersleeve is only made after it is sold. Due to it’s clever design, it can be made in a matter of minutes anywhere in the world using nothing but fabric and a laser cutter. The digital design automatically transforms to perfectly fit your device.

www.makersleeve.com

PERSONAL PROJECT
2016

 
 

POST-COUTURE ANTWERP

The second Post-Couture Collection has been designed in collaboration with 5 talented your designers from the Antwerp Academy. Sofie Nieuwborg, Emmanuel Ryngaert, Sofie Gaudaen, Kjell de Meersman and Marie-Sophie Beinke have worked together with Post-Couture founder and developer Martijn van Strien to realise this collection.

A timeless colour palette, carefully selected materials and innovative design are reflected in all garments. The recognisable assembly technique that is lasercut into the fabric form is another theme in the collection, both aesthetically and conceptually. All items of the Post-Couture Antwerp collection can be downloaded as digital design files, with which users can go to a local Makerspace to create their own garments. 

Discover the collection at www.postcouture.cc.

POST-COUTURE
2016

 
 
 

OPEN SOURCE FASHION MANIFESTO


Designers and innovators Martijn van Strien & Vera de Pont have teamed up to write a manifesto that expresses their shared vision for an Open Source fashion industry. Addressing designers, businesses and consumers, this text shows us all how we can play a part in this positive change. 

It offers a new perspective on how we perceive and wear clothing, and holds ideas for renewed excitement in a more sustainable, fair and technology driven global fashion system. We will publish a yearly update of the Manifesto, using input from collective sessions with designers, businesses and consumers.

The Manifesto can be downloaded and shared for free from:
www.opensourcefashionmanifesto.com

www.veradepont.com

PUBLICATION
2016

 
 
 

THE POST-COUTURE COLLECTIVE

Over the past few years, clothing has been treated more and more like a disposable product. The production of clothing is aimed for increasing numbers and production to decrease prices. Low prices seem attractive, but what does this way of producing mean for the future of the environment and the people that work in this industry?

The Post-Couture Collective offers an alternative to today’s fashion system. We’re introducing a new era in the production of sustainable and affordable clothing. In our vision clothing is designed on the principles of open-source, and is made using 21st century technology. We are the first fashion label that truly embraces the Maker Movement and the Third Industrial Revolution.

www.postcouture.cc

POST-COUTURE
2015

 
 
 

CONTRA • DICTIONS


"Here the boundaries meet and all contradictions exist side by side." 
Fyodor Dostoevsky in 'The Brothers Karamazov'.

Inspired by a man who travels the edges of his existence.
The very graphic cuts and patterns reflect his journey and originated in the buildings, bridges and other man-made structures he passed.

 Made using high-tech laser-cutting equipment to turn unconventional materials into wearable pieces, this collection is an exploration into the future of fashion.

Taking a parallel path to the opportunities 3d-printing brings to product design, this technique makes one-of-a-kind, custom garments possible to exactly fit the “consumer’s” size and demands.

A 21st century approach to haute couture.

photos: Imke Ligthart

PERSONAL PROJECT
2014

 
 
 

DYSTOPIAN CHAMBER CAPSULE


Capsule collection of 3 dystopian pieces exclusively sold at New York gallery / concept store Chamber, curated by Studio Job.
www.chambernyc.com


photos: Imke Ligthart

COMMISSION
2013

 
 
 

THREADS FOR COCKAIGNE


The Land of Cockaigne is a mythical land of plenty, an imaginary place of extreme luxury from medieval tales. Paintings depicting European kings and nobles of the era from the Dark Ages through to the Age of Enlightenment remind of this tale. They show a nearly dreamlike display of the most extravagantly chic clothes seen in man’s history. Nobility had themselves portrayed wearing clothes that made exuberant use of furs and delicate handcrafted materials such as quilts, embroideries and ruffled collars.

Inspired by these characters, lavishly showing off their wealth and status, I translated the materials and techniques used in their clothing into modern time, creating a contemporary ode to one of histories’ most luxurious fashion eras.

I created this series of 4 parts of garments by combining the processes of designing materials and designing clothing. The pieces make maximum use of the structural qualities of the textile to give shape to the final outfit. They could either be worn on their own or added to a garment. The textile isn’t cut or confectioned, only the endings of the fabric are brought together. By allowing the textile to show its unprocessed form, the final look of the product is prescribed by the choice of bindings made in the woven material.
Using new synthetic yarns I created textiles that have elastic and voluminous qualities at the same time. They evoke the look and feel of a historical type of attire in a new way.

photos: Imke Ligthart

GRADUATION PROJECT
2013

 
 
 

DYSTOPIAN BRUTALIST OUTERWEAR


After the economic downfall and the decline of our society life on this planet will be tough and unsure. For people to survive they will need a protective outer layer which guards them from the harsh conditions of every day life. Outerwear used to shield from heavy weather. A product that is at the same time highly functional and easy to industrially mass-manufacture.

This series of coats explores the possibilities of combining very durable but inexpensive materials with fast and effective ways of putting them together. To be functional at low cost, every piece consists of a single piece of heavy duty black tarpaulin and there are only straight cuts and sealed seams.
The extremely basic shapes are inspired by Brutalist architecture, a spawn from the Modernist architectural movement. It has an austere feeling due to the linear, fortresslike and blockish look. The style comes off cold, distant, sober and mysterious. These are the outfits that make it possible for man to live through a dark future.

photos: Imke Ligthart

GRADUATION PROJECT
2013