• hemp shoes hollow with felt sock
  • Norafin Flax and Daimer Filz felt shoes
  • Hollow heel, felt impregnated with resin
  • Non-woven Flax shoes with wool felt sock
  • Flax, non-woven and felt shoes
  • Hemp shoes raw wool and hemp stick
  • Hemp shoes hollow with felt sock
  • Coconut shoes made of coconut, latex and bioresin
  • Heel hard only on the outside leaving soft insole
  • grey felt shoes hollow heel
  • Grey Felt shoes
  • leather and felt shoes
  • Leather and felt shoes
  • Z Form of Sodra paper and felt shoes
  • Z Form study for Sodra paper and felt shoes
  • Felt shoes with raw wool and laser cut wool felt
  • Felt shoes over lasted hollow heel
  • ideas to making materials
  • materials
  • line up
  • Paper pulp form for testing
  • Low felt shoes for Arena Page's collection 2012
  • low felt shoes for Arena Page's collection 2012
  • natural selection - the objectification of the shoe

Based in London with a background in a combination of product, furniture design and fashion accessories.

The focus of the MA was...

The Objectification of the Shoe

The project NATURAL SELECTION started with the examination of how 3D printing could alter footwear architecture and identify new design constructions. Observations were made that whilst the potential of this new technology offers many benefits the materiality was limited. There seems to be a lack of natural materials used. This lead to the critical theory 3D print is the right process but maybe using the wrong materials?

So practical research was made into the use of non wovens as a potential material arrangement which could be developed by specialists to drive the materials used in 3D print.

A collection of varied natural non woven materials were selected and applied to a methodology in a masters educational context. By concentrating the fibres and adding binders, the properties and characteristics could change, producing both soft and hard material over one continuous surface.

Innovative materials used in the product and furniture industries were "borrowed" and applied to fashion footwear raising further challenges as to what materials are acceptable, in a trend lead fashion context. The design form was the element unifying the collection.

As the project progressed it became evident, synthetic biology will converge with 3D print to offer solutions to these issue. A designer’s understanding of trends and emotional qualities of materials make them key to drive the new technologies in fashion and science.

A special thanks to all my sponsors and supporters

J.Dittrich & Sohne
Daimer Filz
Nano Solutions

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Stephanie Potter Corwin