Els Roelandt & Catherine Willems - Do You Want Your Feet Back? Barefoot Cobblers
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What makes Catherine Willems’ work on “future footwear” so appealing is its promise to leapfrog more than 150 years of industrialization, with all its attendant afflictions—environmental destruction, depletion of natural resources, extreme global inequality—and bring us straight into a cleaner and fairer future, while taking cues from ancient knowledge and craft. The research brings three disparate fields together: traditional footwear in very different indigenous cultures (Kolhapuri in India, Sami in Finland, and Ju|’hoansi in Namibia), the biomechanics of the human foot, and advanced technology for 3D measuring and printing. The depth and seriousness of the exploration in each fieldresults in a richness of data and information whichhas only just started to yield its first outcomes. (Christine De Baan)
In this new book presenting cobblers from India, Finland, Belgium, the UK, and Namibia, Els Roelandt and Catherine Willems present a refreshing and much-needed vision on anthropology, craftmanship, and design, clearly depicting the integrated roles of artisans, scientists, and industry partners. (Rik Pinxten)
19 × 27 cm, 148 p, ills colour, dust jacket ISBN 9789490800994 design: 6m56s language: English
edition of 1500 December 2018
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