El Bosque / New Print collaboration with Hanako Mimiko
We decided to collaborate again with our talented friend, Hanako Mimiko for our new swimwear campaign. She hand drew this mushroom print for our new swimwear fabrics; inspired by nature and one of our favorite magical plants. I asked her to create a print inspired by Mushrooms and the process of decomposition on the forest floor. Ever since I was young, I have been fascinated by fungi, their strange properties and also the important service they provide to our eco-system.
When I first moved to Barcelona I watched ted talk about the properties of mushrooms which have been cultivated to destroy toxins in our environment and in our bodies, and from their continued learning about these fascinating life forms on this planet. As a result, I believe we have a lot to learn about our forests and the fungi systems on our planet and we certainly have yet to unlock all of their secrets.
When shooting this campaign, my team and I decided to use plastic sheets, and also other plastic objects around the set to communicate our understanding. And challenge of the textile industry. Almost every swimwear fabric is essentially made from plastics. Polyamide and polyester fiber are the most popular ones. The process of these fabrics is one of the most toxic in the industry. That’s why we decided to use a new fabric made from Econyl fibers, which are made from 78% recycled polyamide. This reduces the environmental impact of this collection by up to 80%, which is very important to us.
The screen printing of our new prints takes place in a small workshop 2 blocks from our studio. So each step of the process in this collection is handmade… from the drawings Hanako made us, to the printing, pattern making, cutting and finally garment construction.
We hope you love this collaboration as much as we do.