On day 3 of our CAS experience, we were finally closer to mastering the art of shoemaking for beginners and making our every own custom made shoes.
After the research and supplying process of the materials, we first started off by modifying our final design. Jeff advised us to list out the dimensions of our design prototypes such as the band size, ankle width when we had to sketch out our final idea and annotate where the materials would fit.
Once we finalized our design with approval from Jeff whether they would be feasible to make, we started modelling the shoe template by making paper folds. Paper folds are basically guidelines of the design features made from masking tape. To make them, we had to wrap masking tape around a template foot that was for our size – e.g 40, unisex, round. The first layer of masking tape being horizontal and the second being vertical, this process was rather tricky as we had to wrap masking tape all over the shoe model, and insure that there were no creases on the shoe template from the tape. Having no creases would allow a smoother surface to draw our designs on. Next, we drew our design out – e.g bands, outer corners, buckles, and cut them out as guides for measurements for the real materials.After that, we cut the paper folds out and labelled it a,b,c, etc.
Along the process of learning how to make paper folds, Jeff and Kit introduced us to more of the technical side of making shoes, by talking about the concept of adding allowance – the extra gap of fabric that can be folded underneath the shoe to allow a smooth design. Some of us also proceeded with creating the mock ups of the whole sandal itself using cardstock. In order to stick the design features, we had to make slits along the edge of the sole to make the bands pass through, also exploring the idea of allowance.
Although most of us would have rather began the creation process for our final sandal, the paper fold model allowed us to better visualize our design, especially if we needed to create a buckle or a velcro strap. In addition, if we are unsure about the dimensions needed for the actual materials, we could always refer back to our paper folds as a guide.
Next, we are going to start off with creating our final designs, we are all very excited to see our sketches come to life and see how each other’s unique touch can reflect on the creative direction of the creation of sandals.
Authors: Jennifer and Bhavisha