As an extension of a study on the craft of shoemaking, a collaboration was started with ECCO Leather. After a visit to the company, my attention fell on the large amount of residual leather. From this source of material, I started a research into the use of this waste stream which can offer an interesting application within the shoe industry the material research Resulted in leather soles for which residual pieces have been ground to shreds and press molded together.

 

In addition to an aesthetic research in color-collage and structure, the research was focused on the of functional application, such as binding flexibility and moisture absorption.  a series of semi-finished products was realized. The material and construction research were followed by a short experimental workshop organized within the ECCO tannery.

 

STRATUM, LEATER WASTE SOLE

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As an extension of a study on the craft of shoemaking, a collaboration was started with ECCO Leather. After a visit to the company, my attention fell on the large amount of residual leather. From this source of material, I started a research into the use of this waste stream which can offer an interesting application within the shoe industry the material research Resulted in leather soles for which residual pieces have been ground to shreds and press molded together.

 

In addition to an aesthetic research in color-collage and structure, the research was focused on the of functional application, such as binding flexibility and moisture absorption.  a series of semi-finished products was realized. The material and construction research were followed by a short experimental workshop organized within the ECCO tannery.