Woven high heels

Marla Marchant

A gaze at traditions to resignify the ritual and beauty of craftsmanship. Graduation collection, 2013.

Nowadays, the caliber of quality and details in traditional handcrafting is rarely seen. Within industrialization and mass production, craftsmanship has been less appreciated and its quality and details have deteriorated. This approach rejects the uniformity and repetitivness of mass production, where the imperfection of the craft process is usually thought of as a failure. The design process started by developing experimental pieces, conniving traditional footwear, weaved patterns and 3D printing. The aesthetic enhances the weightlessness of female body, creating the illusion of hanging from a net, tying the feet down and bearing the netting into a three dimensionality. It pursues long and thin shapes while the body’s expression plays to be restricted, appearing fragile and instable from a podium that empowers it.

Material: stainless steel and leather.

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