To Borrow Arrows with Thatched Boats Footwear by Kong Hau Yin Andree

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
To Borrow Arrows with Thatched Boats

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Footwear

INSPIRATION:
The editorial shoes were inspired based on a Chinese Idiom: "To Borrow Arrows with Thatched Boats." In other words, to utilize another person's resources for your benefits. I decided to use the pair of shoes to represent a couple being in a fight. But they will always belong to each other since they are from the same story, and hence being a pair' of shoes.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
These are two physical footwear which are fully functional and wearable. They were made with non traditional material but with traditional techniques, producing an unique design with decorations.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Even though it uses non traditional materials, it can still function normally like common shoes. It is a different experience for the users as the design is more abstract and is a story telling piece.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in Feb 2016 and was finished in that month.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Cowhide leather, lambskin lining, veg tan leather, woven straw, fishnet knots on strings, bent wood stick, toothpick, wire string, wooden wire, rope and cork.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Women's footwear size 7 Men's footwear size 10.5

TAGS:
Editorial, traditional, footwear, accessories, Showpiece, functional, storytelling

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The woven straw is an reused material from the Asian conical hat which this style of hat is used primarily as protection from the sun and rain. When made of straw, it can be dipped in water and worn as an impromptu evaporation cooling device. I decided to pass along this interesting material in the used of traditional handmade shoes.

CHALLENGE:
It was challenging to make the design usable with the experimental materials. The design is a direct expression of the story from inspiration so it had to be direct and yet functional.

ADDED DATE:
2016-10-24 22:34:52

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Photographer: Justin Chan
Name of work: To Borrow Arrows with Thatched Boats
Year of Image: 2016
Products by Kong Hau Yin Andree

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Andree

PROFILE:
Coming from a multicultural background with her mother from Korea and her father from Hong Kong has encouraged her to have an open mind when it comes to inspiration. Her father worked in the textile industry and her mother was a fashionista which exposed her to the design world at a young age. She finds that her inspiration can be anything from friends, family, culture or even a walk down the block. “Wherever it comes from, it takes me to where I need to go and places I didn’t even know I needed to go.” “I always love to work with raw materials. It creates an intimacy between the wearer and the shoes. It is almost as if the shoes are alive.” The influence of the preciousness of jewelry has relayed into her footwear design. Carefully choosing each material relating to its concept is part of a very thought out process for Andree.

NOMINATION DETAILS

To Borrow Arrows With Thatched Boats Footwear by Kong Hau Yin Andree is a Nominee in Footwear, Shoes and Boots Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

To Borrow Arrows With Thatched Boats Footwear by Kong Hau Yin Andree is Winner in Footwear, Shoes and Boots Design Category, 2016 - 2017.



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