Second year assignment 2012, choose a historical period and create a replica of a historic shoe, then design a collection of 3 pairs of shoes, based on a personal chosen theme, for the Academy of Fine Arts in Sint-Niklaas Belgium (SASK).
The collection 'Tongari Atama' is based on the Japanese MANGA strip (form) and the colors are inspired by the flemish Kuifje strip. This childs shoe is a deformation of the MANGA rabbit. Teeth became pads, ears a boot, the shoe a face with a nose and eyes and it has also a little fury tail. The three year old model walked happily on them in the graduation show.
© Gert van Gastel, photo by David Collart.