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ARTEFACT FOOTWEAR PATTERN FUTURES at London Design Festival: MA Footwear

Written by Jesse Tilley
Published date 03 September 2019

Challenging the notion of how products change & influence the world we live in, ARTEFACT FOOTWEAR PATTERN FUTURES at London Design Festival exhibits selected work from London College of Fashion’s MA Artefact, MA Footwear, MA Pattern and Garment Technology and MA Fashion Futures graduates. The exhibition opens on Thursday 19 September at the Old Sorting Office, Chelsea, part of the London Design Festival Chelsea Design District.

Antonio Arocho Hernández
Tell us a bit about your work?

I do a blend of Footwear Design, 3D Design, Virtual Reality Development.

How was your time at LCF?

The course was a great experience. Small groups and a more personal approach really helped navigate the possibilities for my project. To have the freedom and opportunities to work with knowledgeable technicians really made a difference and helped me to innovate and speculate footwear. This course gave me multiple opportunities to meet and collaborate with other students that share the same interests as me, thus allowing me to create an international network. Intense, highly focused, career changing. I loved it.

Do you have any advice for future students?
Read as much as you can. Enjoy it, it's shorter than you think.
Naomi Adjei
Tell us a bit about your work?

Consumerism waste has major impacts on our land, water, and air pollution. The ecological system is heavily affected by the fast fashion industry. With the general composition of a shoe, the degrading process can take up to 50 years or more to fully decompose. Designers responsibilities are at the heart of my material research. Through a practice-based methodology and conceptual experimentation led to a usable textile. That promotes sustainable manufacturing of fashionable footwear. The ingredients to enable a degradable shoe is to look into material manufacturing. In what makes a sustainable shoe wearable and new to the market? The idea is to encourage the designer’s responsibility. Thinking through the fast-fashion life cycle of a product such as footwear cannot change the pattern of consumption. AGED shows the relevance of fast fashion’s life through a product by approving fast fashion and not changing post-consumerism but by cancelling its impact on the environment.

How was your time at LCF?

The course enabled me to discover what my voice was as a beginner designer with help of amazing professionals in the footwear industry, that gave us the opportunity to explore what footwear can be. It was both everything and nothing that I had expected, but for me it become more a personal journey. Defining who I wanted to be and what my designs stand for. It is a place that certainly gives opportunities and it is definitely the jump to take!

Do you have any advice for future students?

Always look for your own voice and what your vision is in your design process.

Yasmin Westveer de Mul
Tell us a bit about your work?

Eco-footwear, conscious footwear, recycled milk bottles, wood, vegan tan leather, hand-made craft aesthetic.

How was your time at LCF?

Informative, Challenging, Great Experience. LCF supported me through my exploration into a design field I had very limited knowledge on. From the facilities to the amazing technicians I was able to transform my ideas from paper to product with all the support and guidance I needed. A friendly environment that I would recommend to other young creatives on the hunt to learn.

Do you have any advice for future students?

Make decisions quickly, Start making!