Have a beautiful, wonderful holiday! So many amazing gifts that I’m grateful for this year. Have a good one…Cheers!
Shoes and architecture are an obsession of mine. The lines and shapes of shoes and buildings have a strong correlation, and I enjoy exploring, and marrying them.
Recently, I came across Brasilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, and instantly became enamored with his abstract shapes and curves. He is known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city that became Brazil’s capital in 1960, as well as his collaboration with other architects on the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. His exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of reinforced concrete was highly influential in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Niemeyer’s Cathedral of Brasília is the Roman Catholic cathedral serving Brasília, Brazil, and serves as the seat of the Archdiocese of Brasília. Inspired by the buildings shapes, I started to draw some shoes, and well, thought I would share my exploration here.
All sketches by me in Fashionary sketchbook.
A sketchbook is not a just a book of blank pages. It’s a personal diary of your creative journey. A book of expressions, frustrations, and passions. It’s here where ideas get explored, developed, and possibly become actual products in the market place.
I love the feeling of filling up my sketchbook. It does not happen often because publishers don’t really know the needs of a shoe designer. Recently, I discovered Fashionary sketchbooks for shoe designers, and I’ve been in heaven. It’s been very easy to fill this book up with shoe doodles.
Fashionary has created a sketchbook which comes in thumbnail format. A template is already laid out for you in several heel heights, and all you have to do is connect the dots to a basic shoe form. This feature allows you to focus on the design. With deadlines, and various projects, its great to be able to draw something quickly, and have it look proportional.
Other reasons why I like this sketchbook:
- The paper is smooth to draw on.
- Pencil erases easily.
- Easy to take notes, and keep track of drawing dates.
- A great way to draw mini collections. I enjoy seeing my process, and ideas worked out.
5. Contains a shoe library of different constructions, a shoe glossary of footwear terminology, an international shoe size chart, and a spec sheet template.
Overall, I really like the Fashionary sketch book for shoe designers. It’s not only great for working designers, but also nice for those aspiring to get into footwear design. They even have a shoe design book that has more expansive templates, and additional shoe design and trade information. You can find it here. I’m definitely going to buy this book, and look forward to using its more expansive templates.
All drawings and photos by me.
Wow, what a long time it has been since I’ve blogged. This year has been insanely busy with some very cool projects, but I’ve also chosen Instagram as my main source of social media. I do miss blogging and giving a more descriptive view of my projects, and process. I’m really going to try my hardest to not let it drop off the rest of the year. I am under the gun with deadlines, and am leaving for China in the next few weeks. No complaints here though (ok, well maybe I don’t loooovvvee going to China) but other than that, I love my job, and am very excited to be working on some amazing projects.
One of the clients I’ve been working with this year is Bebe. I’m in charge of design and development for their stores globally both on a retail and outlet level. It’s really fun to design shoes for not just the domestic market, but International. I love learning of other countries product preferences.
I was in Boston a few weeks ago, and was very happy to see at the airport one of my shoe designs for Bebe in this month’s Marie Claire.
Looking forward to adding more press releases in the next year. Always a wonderful feeling to see your work in the press.
Finally, I had a moment to look through Resort 16 runways shows. So many great shoes coming our way in 2016. Here are a few of my favorites…
Acne Studios consistently outdoes themselves over and over again. They always come out with beautifully designed product that is original and fresh. I love the frayed detailing. Check out the elasticized bootie. The stripe material takes it to a different level.
Balenciaga has several Spring 16 trends covered here: kitten heels, sneakers, slides, and the tie up. The white heel with black tie is lovely!
JW Anderson designed a beautiful, and creative Resort 16 collection. The collection was a walking art show with lots of prints from floral, stripes, and polk-a-dots. And of course, the boots are amazing. The combination of ruffles and cut out is a perfect blend. Yes, the ruffles may look like your going salsa dancing, but seriously who wants to add another boring knee high boot to your shoe collection? I say, why not??
What brands did you like for Resort 16 in footwear?