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Marloes ten Bhomer – The Parameters of the Shoe workshop

Monday 22 September 2014

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The London College of Fashion puts on many events throughout the year, and for this workshop it’s all about your feet. LCF have packed several workshops into their timetable since the 15th September as part of the Maker Library Network, Spindle attended The Parameters of the Shoe run by the critically acclaimed shoe designer Marloes ten Bhömer

Ten Bhömer exhibits her work in museums and galleries internationally, commissions individual pieces and is currently a Professor of Fashion in Berlin. Ten Bhömer’s work explores the technical limitations of shoes and aim to break the gender norms that they force upon women (and men) with out of this world results. By looking and studying how the foot works on a biological and technical level, ten Bhömer discovers just how the foot lands and rolls when walking and how to create a piece of footwear that will best support this.

The workshop pulled in people from a variety of backgrounds, some studying shoemaking, others qualified architects and product designers and those who were complete novices. The main aim was to create a shoe from paper, card and various arts and crafts materials formed around a last. As Ten Bhömer stated ‘paper allows you to see where errors could arise’. If an error occurs in paper form, it’ll happen in the real thing too.

After an extremely interesting day, and some even more interesting shoe designs, the London College of Fashion has excelled itself in feeding those shoe-inclined people with knowledge and skills.

Words: Eliza Frost