Thursday, June 30, 2011

Moulding Manipulation

Results just within a month...I believe further development can be done?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Forming the shape...

The closed (sewn version) of my upper (Spring/Summer 2012). Next post, the actual shoes...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The second one hopefully...

Just modified an existing shape to this...

Now it's in pieces to make the actual design.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Design Development?

On the left (smaller picture) is the original version where I sewed up the zippers...

On the right, on Photoshop, I added more zipper on the upper towards the front...

Note: Workmanship is rather crude since this is a prototype....

PS I know this idea has been done numerous here I would say...isn't it like adding your own ribbons or buttons on your own clothes/accessories? :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Massacre of The Shoe Lasts...

Last Friday, I went to Northampton with a group of friends. While getting leather from one of the suppliers, we came across this...

Photos taken on my phone using the application: Hipstamatic. You pay for it but I love it!


Idea near formation?

This is the rough stage and was lucky to find a heel that fitted perfectly! :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hats at Selfridges

While running an errand for my project yesterday, I came across this…

From the information next to the hats:

"Cabinet no. 1

1) 'Echinoderm headdress'
Das Rees for Alexander Mc Queen

2) 'Dragonfly no. 9'
Emma Yeo

3) 'Headdress'
Zara Gorman

4) 'Shell Hat'
Zara Gorman

5) 'Leaf Hat'
Philip Tracy"

While walking towards my bus stop, I took a picture of this...

This window displays an environmental awareness to the sea and coral life.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A 45 second sketch

Perhaps a rough idea of my current project? Hope it will not be tacky! Remember it's just a quick sketch while watching not so great music videos on TV…

…and just a tiny sample…

Monday, March 28, 2011

Doodling at Selfridges...

Just started a bit on my sketchbook but I ended up doodling onto my front cover.

Now I've got to really start drawing proper shoes...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Necklace from the Science Museum

What is the main material of this necklace?

The answer will be posted next time...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

V&A Sketch and 'My New Bomb'

Yesterday, I went to the Victoria and Albert museum to see the exhibition containing Yohji Yamamoto's work.

Obviously, one would know at exhibitions like this, photography is forbidden. The next thing to do is sketch which is usually alright...not for this exhibition!

Here below are the fast sketches I did before I was 'caught'...and yes...very crude lines!

After looking at the series of videos of the fashion show and the display of garments, I bought the book, 'My New Bomb' by Yohji Yamamoto.

I would recommend this exhibition to anyone who is a Yohji or fashion fan. In addition, if one is conceptual with designs, there are three books to browse describing his inner thoughts which were interesting. Don't expect sketchbooks.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The pump (almost completed)

Even though the project's completed, I'm still not satisfied with the results.

Sign, move onto the next project and no more dwelling about it.

Meantime, two angles of the pump with cleaning up to do.

The photo of the cleaned up and completed version will be next time (hopefully).

Friday, March 4, 2011

"Making the simple exciting?" Ballet Pumps for Drapers

This is one of the times where I would confess...I am stuck...

Literately, I am stuck with my design. I have come up with a form. The criteria of this project is to come up with some ballet pump designs; something exciting, yet easy to manufacture and marketable...

So far, this is what I have as the final form (with a quick (and rather crude) sketch).

Of course, this isn't the work I am most proud of (actually hated it at some stage)... Hopefully, with little more stitch details and other enhancements, I will be at least satisfied...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Own Shoe Designs (Re-Shot in February 2011)

Thought of doing some photographs for the designs I've conjured since I started my course.

'Costing the Earth' (2010) 

Here they are (which is much better than having pictures the shoes on my own bed spread!) The shoes they were made out of gloves. (Link here for the past entry: made in June 2010. Click to enlarge the pictures.

'Captured Visions' (2010)

This was a project brief where we had to do a study of a brand and reinterpret our own take on designs. Based on the concept of the mirage in the desert... In a strange sense, now to mention it, doesn't really make sense at I am typing this... 

I will post more angles as soon as I figure out the layout functions of this blog (super fustrating!).


Shoes: By me
Photography: Cliff Tan (February 2011) - Thank you for your time, camera and your Photoshop skills! :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day at the Museum: Northampton Museum & Art Gallery (Shoe Collection)

Recently (less than a week ago), I took a day trip (with a friend of mine) to Northampton. Since we had time, we decided to visit the museum with a huge shoe collection!

Here are a few highlights...

Black and white syntetic platform sandal
Cypriana shoes, London 1980 - 1983
Made for 'glamour' market

Women's white plastic flip-flop
'Fruit Flops'
c. 1990
Bound foot shoes made around 1900 in China. Imagine trying to squeeze into those (it's like the size of the modern day few month old baby shoes)! 

 Bound foot shoes, in a Western style.

The Dragon Shoe by Thea Cadabra 

What a beauty! A drawer fill of heels! 

Red leather heels with a brass cage heel. 

A display full of old lasts.

A shoe 'fetish'?

That infamous platform (design) which made Naomi Campbell trip over on the catwalk (for Vivienne Westwood. Note: The original shoe was blue)

Shoe for an elephant!

 I tried on these pair of shoes and I must say, they were too big and heavy! Can you see the little fish inside the heel?

 Another part of the room which displayed how 'criminal' shoes can be (or how much criminal evidence the authorities can obtain from just shoes).

James Bond (007) (Roger Moore) weapon (see that little knife?)!

 Extracted footprints from the crime scene.

Never thought there would be evidence of some crime just by looking at a pair of shoes
hung over the telephone line...

I must say, the visit to the museum was educational and worth a visit (plus it is free to enter)! Though the museum is small, the massive amount of shoes (only around 1,000 displayed at the rest of the 12,000 shoes are impossible to display) is enough to keep anyone occupied.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Watch this short film: INFLUENCERS

Images from 'Influencer' website press release kits.

'How does a form of influence and trend become contagious?'

It's all shown in this short documentary released by R+I Creative.

Have to thank my friend from my course, Nadia who shared the trailer and the film for 'Influencers'

The series of films (so far, only one has been released) by Davis Johnson and Paul Rojanathara covers how influences from music, fashion, products...etc...becomes part of our everyday lives.

This is stuck in my mind from the film (which is an excerpt from Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling book, 'The Tipping Point'): 'The tipping point is a biography of an idea, and the idea is very simple. Ideas and products and messages and behaviours spread just like viruses do...'

INFLUENCERS TRAILER from R+I creative on Vimeo.