I am SO excited for this collaboration with @candicegray_textiles for our ‘Get Inspired’ series! 'Get Inspired' is a series of shoe design collaborations with the intention to inspire our community to unlock different creative practices and apply them to shoes.

shoemaking collaboration with candice gray

@candicegray_textiles is a UK Based Printed Textile Designer. I’ve been following Candice for a while and just really love how her florals make me feel (calm and happy)!

So when she agreed to do this collab with us by painting her florals onto a pair of shoes I was thrilled! I just love the idea of taking her process which is meant for textiles and applying them to shoes.. I knew they would be beautiful but the finished shoes totally exceeded my expectations :)

Candice worked with us to create a simple shoe shape and decided to paint the uppers and the heels with a green and yellow border which finished them off so beautifully. She painted on canvas with gouache and made sure to add a few layers of fixative, then we transformed them into a pair of shoes! Fun, right!

Throughout the past decade of teaching shoemaking we’ve experimented a lot with using different materials but when it comes to incorporating different crafts this is a relatively new thing for us.

I am so blown away with how this pair turned out and am so so so excited to share the other maker collabs we’ve got coming up too. I hope this project inspires you to think outside the box when creating your shoe designs, think about other hobbies or interests that you have and imagine ways you can incorporate them into your designs!

So you can check out Candice’s work I’ve linked her Instagram and Etsy shop below:

Candice Gray INSTAGRAM

Candice Gray ETSY

Candice Gray WEBSITE

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