Design Against Fur - Okapi (2011)

 

    Fashion has always been accused of animal cruelty.

    Now that people are talking about "sustainable fashion", they are aware how animals are killed to make a piece of mink coat, a pair of pony hair shoes, etc.

    My initial idea for this challenge was to use wood, quilted fabric and hemp cloth for a pair of winter shoes that resembles an animal species called 'okapi'. Padded fabric is a nostalgic material that had warmed up our cold winters without any sacrifices of animals.

    The final piece is produced using 3D printer, according to my original drawings from characteristics of okapi, and natural water flow generated by computer. The delicacy of the piece reminds us how fragile animal lives can be because of human forces.