The International Wooden Shoe Museum is looking for designers/students with a passion for clogs.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 The International Wooden Shoe Museum in Eelde NL is looking for designers/students who have a passion for wooden clogs or footwear using woord as material. The museum challenges them to design and make a pair of clogs for the future. They have a chance to get their designs shown at the exhibition 'CLOGS new STYLE', on show from 01.04.2017 till 31.10.2017.

The International Wooden Shoe Museum is looking for designers/students with a passion for clogs.The International Wooden Shoe Museum is looking for designers/students with a passion for clogs.

The International Wooden Shoe Museum requests designers/students to send in their design and motivation before 31.01.2017 in 3D and digital. A motivation must be added how the design can be realized. With the present clogs production methods or by using new technologies.
Please send in your designs to Bertus van den Hof. Bertus van den Hof is a board member of the International Klompenmuseum as well as a board member of the European Wooden Shoes Foundation. This foundation promotes clogs, making/cutting clogs, connects clog museums at an European level.

Jury
The jury will consist of a clog-maker, a Dutch artist and re-present from the Klompenmuseum.

Winners
Up to twenty clog designs will be presented at the exhibition. The winning and to be exhibited clog designs will be announced mid February 2017.

International Wooden Shoe Museum/Internationaal Klompenmuseum
Wooden shoes or clogs: although everyone knows what they are and what they look like, they are worn much less frequently nowadays than they used to be. In fact clogwearers have become an all but extinct species. Yet is it not so long ago that almost everybody owned a pair of clogs and used them every day. Consequently there were lots of clogmakers in those days, who all made their own models, often in a variety of colours and decorations. This immense diversity in clogs from the past now forms a valuable part of the cultural heritage of a people.

Wooden Shoes Museum 'Wietzes Bros' was named after the two last clogmakers in Eelde, Elso Wietzes (1916-1977) and Egbert Wietzes (1925-1988). They were not only good makers of clogs for daily use, they also collected clogs from many different countries.

After Egbert's demise the Foundation Wooden Shoes Museum 'Wietzes Bros' takes over the management of the collection of clogs and the clogmaking tools. The collection of Mr H.P. Bongers from Enschede is added to the collection of the Wietzes brothers. Bongers was a teacher at the Technical College in Enschede. His collection included clogs and unique clogmaking tools from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France and Spain. In 2002 this whole collection becomes the property of the Museum.

In 1990 the Wooden Shoes Museum 'Wietzes Bros' in Eelde was opened. It's international collection includes:
• More than 2.300 pairs of different clogs and other footwear with wooden soles from 43 countries.
• The largest and most diverse clog collection in the world.
• Hundreds of tools from seven European countries.
• Simple clog machines from The Netherlands, Germany and France from around 1920.
• Information in the form of books, newspaper articles, photographs etc.

In The Netherlands we want to promote and preserve the Dutch cultural heritage of the clog making/cutting handcraft. And we want to involve the youth in this traditional technique.

SFO Museum San Francisco International Airport 2017
From 20.03.2017till 01.11.2017 seven special pairs of marriage clogs from The Netherlands and France, will be on display at a special exhibition at the International Airport of San Francisco, USA.

Special exhibition
CLOGS new STYLE
On show from 01.04.2017 till 31.10.2017

Adress
The International Wooden Shoe Museum
Wolfhorn 1a
9761 BA Eelde
The Netherlands

Opening times
From April 1st till October 31st
Tuesdays - Sundays from 14.00 to 17.00.

Groups
Up to 60 persons by pre-arrangement.

More information
The International Wooden Shoe Museum

Photo: French wedding clogs for the groom from the valley of Bethmale in the French Pyrenees, early 20th century.

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