Tuesday, 23 October 2012

GLOBAL FOOTPRINT: 'FOOTFALL' PAPER SHOE INSTALLATION











 We've spent the last few months working on a commission for Northampton Global Footprint, using art and design to highlight the craft of shoe making in Northamptonshire. Our initial research found that there had been a migration of shoe making overseas to countries such as China and India, but that there is currently a resurgence in the provenance of crafted industries, such as shoe making industry in Northampton.
Our paper shoes use a pattern based on the classic Oxford brogue which is one of the iconic shoes that Northamptonshire is known for. The sole of the shoe features a cut out Victorian map of Northampton, showing where shoe industries were historically based. The body of the shoes also uses a printed map of the county of Northamptonshire. The shoes were all hand made from paper material  that gave delicacy to our concept, as well as expressing the process of pattern making for shoes within the final work.
The installation is on display at the Northampton Shoe Lounge until the end of this year.