PERNILLA

Appropriating industrial design and manufacturing processes to bespoke shoemaking.

Cat’s MA final collection of bespoke footwear PERNILLA steps out of the traditional footwear context, blurring the lines between footwear and artefact. Grounded in a unique interpretation of architecture and sculpture, the collection is based on complex CadCam work and a labour intensive fabrication process using 3-axis milling machines. The collection explores different manufacturing techniques and the notion of bespoke shoemaking is scrutinized. Instead of using a last or measuring the foot by hand, a 3D scanner is used to accurately map the contours of the foot. Each foot is then analysed using four variables: length, width, breadth at the toes and instep. The end result being a series of sophisticated and elegant sculptural bespoke forms made from different types of wood (Walnut, Sapele and Pear) that trace the silhouette form of the foot on the inside, diffusing its profile on the outside.

The collection has won the Eyes on Talents Award from International Talent Support 2013, Jimmy Choo MA Final Collection Award for Excellence 2012 from the Cordwainer’s Guild and was runner up for the MA Design Award for Best Collection in 2012 from the London College of Fashion.

Collection photographs and portrait: Alejandro Cavallo (www.alejandrocavallo.com)
3D CadCam work: Vijay at DotSan (www.dotsan.com)