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Natural bedding

2016

 

The starting point of this project was to use the willow branches in a totally different way. With this thought I decided to make a shoe, a product where you would think of when you thing about the willow material. In experiments I tried to alter the natural qualities of the material. I pressed, steamed and weaved the material it like a fabric. These experiments where interesting but you loose the identity of the material and the logic to use the willow.

I decided to leave the conventional context of a shoe, and look at the natural origin of the material. I found this origin in the forest, were the material below my feet delivered a soft but sturdy bedding in the swampy soil.

The material splits, breaks, bends and forms around your feet and produces a natural bending when you walk over it.

 

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