It is a collage, raw and honest, a spontaneous reactive process.
The sneaker became a symbol of commerciality, it signifies the way we value commerce and product, and the pieces become a product of themselves.
My production works in two processes: The first is to deconstruct a pile of sneakers, to work meticulously unpicking all the pieces and organize them into piles of shapes, sizes and colors. Finally I just sit at the sewing machine surrounded by pieces and start to construct the sneaker like a collage or puzzle. I never really know where the process will take me and what the end result will be. It is an organic process.
For me sportswear, streetwear and high end fashion are now so interchangeable. The boundaries are blurred as they influence each other simultaneously. I think the sneaker has become the ultimate signifier of trend and social status, justified by youth culture and adopted by the fashion elite.
Yes definitely. I wanted to create pieces that confronted our relationship with products and our responsibilities as consumers and designers.
When I worked with recycling centers to collect the sneakers, I realized just how much stuff we throw away and the enormity of the effects of our attitude towards the disposability of fashion and products. I don’t think we can fix everything instantly, but it is necessary that we strive to be environmentally conscious, to produce and consume sustainably.
I came across a lot of hurdles when creating the project. I faced criticism about the commerciality and scalability of the project, because of my process and my material choices. I wanted to challenge our current vision of newness, and of the norms of footwear in general. Since graduating the reaction has been overwhelming, I couldn’t of asked for better global recognition. I am happy that I stayed true to my concept and vision and created products that so many people could connect with.
I am interested in all types of art, but I always find inspiration in the Dada movement. The free spirited expression and personal and social commentary really resonates with my way of working. I also love sculpture and installation, something unfinished or jarring that creates dynamic shapes and textures always captures me.
I am planning to create my own product line as well as continue with bespoke products and commissions.
I am keen to collaborate with many people. I love the remade work of Christopher Raeburn, and honest and direct work of Rombaut. I would also love to work with Raf Simmons one day!
Yes, I am a massive fan of loving and wearing sneakers as opposed to leaving them on the shelf. I like to wear them out, and then I’ll add them to the shelf, imbedded with more character, memories and charm. When I was younger my friends and I used to write all over my converse. It was my first experience of personalizing garments and owning something that no one else could, completely personal and full of stories.