Inspired by the contrast of the sea and plastic pollution. Marinero is the first project of Studio Adaptive Skins. The focus of Marinero is to create an architectural blueprint that transforms organically over the course of time due to different weather conditions. The blueprint is one woven square that forms the base of diverse variations. All produced Marinero fabrics are used (no waste). Because the finishing is already incorporated within the woven pattern, the materials take its shape by the various conditions rather than using traditional cutting and tailoring techniques. The materials used to create yarns for the woven square will be divided into categories. The main categories are: 1 Adaptive Archi-Filament A+B (designed yarn by Jef Montes & produced in collaboration with partners: Aitex Alcoy and Wood K Plus in Linz), 2. rPET (recycled plastic waste from the sea) 3. PLA (Bioplastic); 4. Seacell silk yarns that are dyed with algae pigment. All these produced yarns need to be transformed into usable threads that can be used for the TextileLab Tilburg machines. The vision is to design a new kind of production system resulting into adaptive garments that grow with us individually. The weavings have a warp of monofilament and a weft of integrated variable threads. The combination of these threads (horizontal versus vertical) cause friction and result into dynamic shapes during different meteorological conditions such as: rain, heavy wind or drought. Next to the weavings we will also experiment with knitting techniques. Both double weaving and a knitting + weaving will work the best in combination with the deforming Archi-Filaments. The aim is to be as slow and sustainable as possible. All the 36 Marinero garments will be placed on rooftop installations in: Linz, st Gallen, Arnhem and Alcoy. This will be the final stage of the scientific research. During the final stage an overview will be published of each individual prototype and its tailored by weather effect.

In 2019 Studio Adaptive Skins joined the Re-FREAM network. An international horizon 2020 project that aims to rethink the production process of fashion. In my case I am working on a project called Marinero. The goal is to create a new fashion aesthetic, that is shaped within the natural frames of the technology. ''tailored by weather'' is the main concept of the collection. This means that I am creating materials that create their own 3D shape, based on different meteorological conditions. The idea is to create adaptive yarns that have a unique new mechanical component, allowing the material to create architectural shapes. The inspiration of the project is the sea. My families heritage is connected with the Marine fisherman world. So my project is a merge between love stories that inspire me, and to mix this emotion with my tailoring profession. My main hub = Aitex material technology institute in Alcoy/Valencia. We are working on recycling plastic from the sea (rPET, and also PLA bioplastics) to create the Adaptive Archi-Filament. This filament is designed by me and it transforms when it gets in contact with water. The team of Aitex consists of: technicians, scientists, chemists and project managers. Other partners of the project are: Empa, Haratech, Wood K Plus and TextileLab Tilburg and Vienna. With Empa material science labs we are collecting data by the use of sweat robots. This is to analyse the thermodynamic behavior of the Archi-Filaments. Together with scientists we are brainstorming about Archi-Filament variations produced for the sports industry. With Haratech and Wood K Plus in Linz we are focusing to create an alternate version of the Adaptive Archi-Filament. The same filament concept but testing with other mechanic components. Next to filament creating we are also focusing on color. Seacell silk yarn dyed with algae pigment. The development is produced by a Dutch sea weed coloring studio. Bright green dyed algae colors that turn into an olive green color. This is because the sunlight will have an important role in the ongoing color process of the algae pigments. The color will also create a dialogue with the adaptive filaments. Transforming yarns will absorb the algae pigments creating an organic pattern. TextileLab Vienna continues to research new adaptive color effects by the use of bacteria. Together with this team we will research the effect of sea bacteria and to dye the Adaptive Archi-Filament. After the yarn and filaments production I will work with TextileLab Tilburg to create several woven and knitted fabrics. Medio 2020 adaptive fabrics will be installed on the rooftops of project partners Aitex and Empa. These framed material installations are designed and build by artists from Arnhem: Bart Nijhuis in collaboration with Harmen Liemburg. The material installations are an important experiment to analyse the deforming behavior of the fabrics. Another alternative project from Studio Adaptive Skins are the signature shoes. The Marinero shoes are designed in collaboration with 3D printing company Shapeways Eindhoven. Inspired by the architectural shapes of sailboats. The shoes are produced with SLS, EPS and stainless steel 3D printing techniques. All 36 Marinero garments will be shown during a fashion presentation. The conceptual Marinero shoes will be styled to complete the total look. Project Marinero is a more year project. This means that it is a non seasonal collection. It will be an ongoing process with several stages focusing on specific researches. The first stage of the project will focus on tailored by weather. The future of Marinero will go more internal, with the idea of tailored by sweat. On my blog you can follow my European creative journey step by step. It gives an in-depth insight into the whole process of creating a collection -> starting with a fiber towards creating the adaptive Marinero garments.