A Window Full of Shoes!

Have you seen the window packed full of the coolest shoes in town yet? We’ll get down to Freedom quick smart before they leave again… They are just fantastic! So imaginative, colourful and really quite inspired!

The ‘Alternative Shoes’ collection have been created by ten students from The Gardyne Campus at Dundee and Angus College as part of their year long Portfolio Preparation Art and Design Course.

They used various textiles, papers and found objects to create these pieces..

.. And taking inspiration from all around Dundee, incorporating ideas from photography and fashion to nature and the seasons of the year.

They are so striking and have created the most wonderful window display in the shop. You can’t help but stop and look closer when you walk past. A real eye catcher!






Carolyn is one of the tutors at the College and told me this… “The project the students worked on was to create an alternative shoe design using found objects, paper wire, fabric etc. The starting point for the project was to develop ideas from photographic sources such as textures and environments. My colleague Marcelle, took the students to the recycling centre in Dundee, and they also used the Dundee City centre, McManus Galleries as well as another trip to Arbroath harbour as locations for their sources.

Next step was drawing sketching and experimenting with different media, choices were made regarding the shapes and forms of the shoes.
The shoe project was completed during Semester 1 and took approximately 10 week period. However this project was combined and integrated with other design related learning units such asExploratory Media Handling, and Sketchbook Development.

Students also created a series of painted mixed media collaged works using own photos of shoes & patterned socks etc.

Rainbow socks – By Dian
Gold Shoes, Green leggings- by Joanna
Sketchbook page – By Dian
Wire shoe By Dian”

Here are some more pictures that she sent me too.. Aren’t they great!






So yes… Get along to Freedom Hairdressing on Dock Street, Dundee and have a proper look. They are so much more in person!

And.. Please don’t forget that Jimmy Thomson’s exhibition is still running too! A great caricaturist and fascinating man, who created over 700 drawings of famous people for the Melody Maker. You can read more about his exhibition in other articles in this blog..

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