Bound by 8Using natural felting properties has landed Wairarapa designer, Emma Warren a shot at an $80,000 international design award.
Warren, who started the label Bound by 8, has designed a series of glueless woollen shoes, utilising the fibre’s natural felting properties to create form.
One of three NZ finalists, the international Dyson design competition is held annually in 20 countries, funded by the British inventor of the bagless vacuum of the same name.
The name Bound by 8 reflects the eight steps involved in making the shoes, eventually producing a biological shoe bound around your foot, according to Warren.
“The project is a concept, but it definitely conveys what’s possible both for shoe-maker and the wool industry… a system that’s far more sustainable than what’s available today.”
The international winner is announced in November and will be awarded a prize of $67,000 to commercialise the idea and $11,000 for the designer’s university.