Our shoemaking class starts today and I couldn’t be more excited for being part of it. During 4 weeks we’ll be learning how to design and construct our own leather moccasins with Mark Schuyer.
While I was dreaming about the shoes I’ll make, I came across with this ones, via unconsumption:
They are made by unu-life, a London-based design company that “hopes to inspire a greater appreciation of our physical surroundings” and “raise awareness of environmental and social issues and to create things that enrich our material lives”.
These slippers are made from a single sheet of recycled leather, using neither glue or stitching. They come to you flat-packed and ready to be assembled by simply folding the leather according to the instructions:
“The design stems from deconstructing the physical concept of footwear into its component parts, taking one of those elements – pattern making – and rebuilding it in its purest form. The result is a simple, understandable product that engages consumers in the act of assembly and enhances their sense of ownership.” (in unu-life)
unu-footwear also aims to call the consumers attention and appreciation of the physical quality in the products that surround us.
Living in a society that generally promotes fast, blind and massive consumption, it’s really wonderful to see more and more design companies working towards creating products that force you to stop and think about them, their materials, and their impact the environment and in our lives.And that maybe will inspire us to go to our homes, studios or classes and create/re-create something way more meaningful and conscientious than what you’d normally get by impulse in store.
We at TAC, and I personally, don’t totally agree with New York Times’ Worn Out Fashion Terms List– DIY is not dead(!) and the question if either it’s worthy to make your own instead of spending a couple of dollars buying it from a chain store, it’s not even a real question if you think about the pleasure of making time for design and constructing exactly what you dreamed of.