These slippers (2011-2012) are constructed from a single piece of natural wool felt, their 3D form being created by complex 2D geometry of the pattern. The shapes are die-cut from sheets of 5 mm thick felt with minimal, simple and affordable tooling – making this product very suitable for small-scale local production. The slippers are delivered flat-packed for assembly by the user by “sewing” the seams with the standard laces supplied in a colour of their choice. The act of self-assembling the slippers increases the sense of ownership and emotional connection with them and allows for personalisation through the choice of laces used. House and Gardens Scholarship helped my to invest in the die-cutting tools in order to produce a range in 10 standard sizes. The slippers are variable from September 2012.

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