Sunday, March 4, 2012

If the Shoe Fits...

Friday evening I journeyed to the Workshop Residence in San Francisco for a gallery showing of creations by Martha Davis. As an industrial designer, Martha was captivated by the unique intersection of utility and style of fashion design, and ventured into designing footwear in 2006. I was intrigued when the award winning designer contacted Jackel Enterprises to purchase wood, and became anxious to see what she crafted with the old growth Redwood salvaged from the Big Sur fire.

Upon my arrival to the artist’s studio, I was greeted by a fascinating display of shoes and belts. A quick observation revealed these were no ordinary fashion designs - they had been handcrafted using Italian leather, bowling ball resin, and salvaged wood! The subtle leather combined with vibrant resin highlighted the natural texture and color of the rescued Redwood. It was refreshing and inspiring to see fashion accessories with an unexpected mix of materials that uniquely display the raw beauty of wood! 

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