A designer that enjoys approaching Footwear with an innovative and conceptual eye, fabricating design that stimulates conversation. Direction is focused on creating fresh and trend aligned footwear, with an amplified interest into the mechanical side of the process.
A Footwear Design graduate with a strong enthusiasm towards thought provoking yet practical Design. Passionate about the manipulation of 3D functional pieces from 2D concepts, the technical details of all footwear articles are deeply considered. After achieving 1st place in the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers Bespoke Orthopaedic competition, outlook on the footwear design process is pragmatic and logical, whilst still imaginative in creating a layered project with a strong focus on componentry detail and a thought-out aesthetic.
The pandemic has shaped the way in which society communicates. Virtual and digital interaction methods are at an all time high, and physical contact is socially distant, through masks and screens. The ability to be able to recognise how someone is feeling, purely through body language is becoming less and less. This thought lead me to question how body language, an intangible concept, could be translated into a physical communication format.
The perfect solution to analyse body language for my project, was a collection of old film photos, taken by my parents in the 90’s and early 2000’s. This assortment of pre pandemic, care free interactions, allowed me to analyse facial expressions and body language. From this material, I created a list of 26 emotions to cover every possible feeling I could think of. Using shapes drawn from body language within the photos, I formed an ‘alphabet’ to apply to my Final Collection.
This concept allowed me to design three commercially viable women's footwear pieces, for one of which I made a prototype, 'Stuck in a rut'. The shoe draws inspiration from the shapes created by body language, specifically the emotions behind the feeling of being 'stuck in a rut'. These emotions include tiredness, anxiety, loneliness and boredom, and can all be found in the shoe in some form. The final collection is envisaged to be a communicator between society and emotion, through my own personal exploration of themes within the topic.