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Posted on Nov 8 2016
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When did you first start developing an interest in shoe design?
I always wanted to do something in my life where I can draw two-dimensional but at
the same time create something three-dimensional. During high school I always did
sketches of clothes in all of my books, my parents realized that and gave me books about fashion illustration.
So I started copying them and that was how I practiced in my free time.
When I applied for my BA in Fashion in Vienna … was sure I wanted to be
a fashion designer. At that point I did not even think about shoes. But in our first
term we had to try out four different workshops: shoemaking, cloth making, millinery
and knit wear. I was fascinated by the handcraft of making footwear, all the little
steps and detailed works that makes a shoe complete. Also I fell in love with leather, which is such a
wonderful material; the smell, the touch and what one is able to create
with it. After my BA I moved to London and held two internships at the
brands Atalanta Weller and FINSK.
Both internships were great experiences, but I always had the dream of my own footwear brand, so I decided to start the MA
Fashion Footwear course at LCF to improve my handcraft skills and to build up a network.








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Apart from it being wearable, you attribute other qualities to shoes, too.
Would you describe the qualities the shoes you create should have?
Besides the handcraft and the quality materials that are both very important for me in
my work, I donít think about making or designing a shoe. For me it is a human body-related sculptural object.
It is an artefact that elevates the wearer on a pedestal like
a statue. Some of my pieces are not even wearable they are a sculpture to decorate
space and others are wearable art that intend to transform the human
into a piece of art, too.








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When starting work on a new collection, what is it that mainly drives you? Is it
inspiration or rather an inner need to create?

I would say it is both. It is an inner need to create and that leads me to spotting inspirations
everywhere. When I start working on a new collection I collect impressions,
moments, smells, images actually really everything. At this time my senses are even
more sensitive and when I observe situations I look into details. My brain starts acting like a
sponge that collects as much information as possible and then when it comes to
sketching I squeeze this sponge and filter these collected information.











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Has the way you think about shoe design changed since the time you first began
to be active professionally in this field? If so, how has it changed?

Not the way I think about shoe design itself but I am sure the designs have changed.
From pure sculptures to wearable art pieces. At the moment it is my intention to
make them more wearable but still they not to look like a normal shoe. For example
my latest SS17 collection - NO - all pieces are wearable, although some donít look
like it and that is what I aim to do with my work, to confuse people, to stop, think and
look closer at objects and challenge their minds and perceptions.








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Looking back to your childhood, can you recall a special pair of shoes?
A pair thatyou were maybe extremely fond of or a pair that for some reason has stayed in your memory?

To be honest, no, I never had a favorite pair of shoes. I would even say that I donít
have a passion for shoes and I hate buying shoes. This may sound paradox and donít get me wrong but I am just not obsessed with shoes.
Also you will never find any shoe on my mood boards when I am researching for a new collection. I love fashion
and for me it is more interesting and inspiring to look how garments cover the
human body or I look at all the other creative fields like architecture, graphic design, art, interior design, music. The interest in design, art, fashion
and architecture was always part of my life. I was and I am still impressed by people with artistic talents
and how they use it to change, impact and even improve the aesthetic of the world
we live in. Already as a child I had the urge for making things to change what was given. For example I started sewing my own garments
for my Barbie as I didnít like that everything was just pink and very girly.







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Are there aspects of your work that you tend to obsess over, that you tend toreturn to again and again?
Looking at my work I would say yes. It is definitely geometrical shapes, the wire hand
stitching for details and the socks as well as ribbons to bend the leather around the leg.









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