My finals collection is a research project on new forms for women’s shoes. It is based on visualizations of a future in which space travel is a common practice. Space age visualization as a genre has its roots in modernist tradition – take for example the work of fashion designer André Courrège – but is still very much alive today. After collecting and studying this kind of image material my next step was to translate certain of its characteristics into a set of constructions, materials and ways of detailing for women’s shoes.
The collection exists out of 3 different approaches, Hypogravity, Reinforce and Gravitation
The collection Hypogravity exists of three pumps, where I used a technique of vacuum forming. I've used light weight materials such as lycra fabrics and lightweight E.V.A. foam shoe soles. The combination of materials enhances the body shape from calf an the foot. The sole and heal are merged in a bimorph shape.
The collection Reinforce is based on the fact that the world is surrounded with an immense quantity of floating satellites. They stand for; fragile, fragmentation, enclosure and shell. I've creased en carved the leather and strengthened the surface with methods as oils, pressing techniques and fixation fluids. The leather shells are made out of one piece, evolved out of constructing leather around a last and whereupon i carved a pattern. These creases create a three dimensional shape which hides parts of accentuates parts of the foot.
The third collection, named Gravitation, relates with the battle of human kind to beat gravity. This theme is about heavy materials, hard, mass, firm and weathered. I've used an unfinished material within the leather tanning process, the so called 'wetblue'. This material owes his name to the blue color and its wet condition. Constructing and folding multiple layers of wet blue, which after drying, results in a shoe with a hard armor.