Oloop studio use design as a tool for communication and social research. They work especially with communities on the fringes of the society, refugees or people living in stranded regions.
Oloop was founded by three textile designers and artists – Katja Burger, Tjaša Bavcon, and Jasmina Ferček in Ljubljana, Slovenia. We visited their studio in the city centre to discover their society- responsible projects activating communities on the edge. Basically, the three designers work with traditional and familiar craft skills to create products and to then distribute them to fundraise money for participants of the respective projects. They work with the overall design process to stimulate the activity in the workshops and the project’s participants.
For example, their successful Balkan slippers (on the way to Iceland) is a cultural project linking Jesenice, Ljubljana and Reykjavik. It was designed for immigrant women from western Balkan countries with the aim to empower them and culturally and socially integrate them through similarities with Slovenian and Icelandic craft heritage. Participating women crafted slippers designed by Slovenian and Icelandic designers. Together they created a collection of hand knitted slippers which were presented in the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the Grofin Culture House in Reykjavik (Iceland).
Interview & text: Adam Štěch
Text edit: Helena Kardová
Photo: Tomáš Souček