Another artist mentioned by, Suzanne Oude Hengel during our meet up was, Tessa Groenewoud. An incredibly diverse designer, her ‘Contraction & Release’ project is both aethetically striking, and functionally innovative.
Essetnially what Tessa has created is a collection of shoe’s that utilize their vacuum formed rubber uppers as a fastenting device through their ‘contraction & release’ –
“The rubber material contains spatial shapes, which are created by vacuum formed techniques. You can turn these forms inside out, which creates a clasping function. As soon as the material transforms into a different shape, the material clasps around the foot. Contraction and release are terms that are used for dancing techniques. It’s about the contraction and release of the muscles. This is comparable with the technique that I’m using for my shoes, in which the shapes are also under pressure if you turn them around.” – Tessa
This is such a unique and interesting idea. It would be interesting to see how this could be further applied, perhaps even athletic footwear.
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