A film by Vivobarefoot, featuring FFF A short documentary about the effect of footwear on body and environment called #SHOESPIRACY.Catherine is one of the contributors that give you an insight on the journey of the feet and the original function of footwear. Link to full docu

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Catherine Willems, director of Future Footwear Foundation has shared her way of working and views on footwear in the book "Better, Fewer Things. The Hidden Wisdom of Objects" (Glenn Adamson, 2018). Read on to find the full text: "This principle also has pride of place in the work of another, very different specialist: Catherine Willems, a Belgian design researcher who is trying to (in her words) "combine ancient wisdom with new technologies" in order to

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Do You Want Your Feet Back?Barefoot Cobblers Future Footwear Foundation is thrilled to announce its first book! 19 x 27 cm, 148 p, ills colour, dust jacket, EnglishISBN 9789490800994design: 6′56″ Els Roelandt & Catherine Willems (eds.) edition of 1500 e28,00- € About the book: What makes Catherine Willems’ work on “future footwear” so appealing is its promise to leapfrog more than 150 years of industrialization, with all its attendant afflictions—environmental destruction, depletion of natural resources, extreme global inequality—and

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: Selective Laser Sintering technology in Polyamide (PA). TECHNOLOGY HIGHLIGHTS: Handcrafted shoe production and 3D-printing have a lot in common: its use of materials and time and its focus on the individual. After scanning a person’s feet ‘a made to measure’ shoe is printed in specific 3D-printed material. The link with the indigenous counterpart, a Bantu shoe made out of vegetable tanned buffalo hide, is clear both in aesthetics and in biomechanical properties. A

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American Journal of Physical Anthropology Abstract: This study investigates biomechanical implications of walking with indigenous “Kolhapuri” footwear compared to barefoot walking among a population of South Indians. Materials and methods: Ten healthy adults from South India walked barefoot and indigenously shod at voluntary speed on an artificial substrate. The experiment was repeated outside, on a natural substrate. Data were collected from (1) a heel-mounted 3D-accelerometer recording peak impact at heel contact, (2) an ankle-mounted 3D-goniometer

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Research at the convergence of indigenous craftsmanship and modern technology. Catherine Willems (ontwerper/designer) Dries Vandecruys (producent/producteut/producer) KASK / RSPrint / Materialising / Vivobarefoot / Toehold (NL) Future Footwear 2.0 onderzoekt een platte schoen die blootvoets stappen benadert door materiaalgebruik en biomechanisch onderzoek. Er is een sensor ontwikkeld die je voet scant en dan een schoen print die perfect past. Het concept vertaalt de traditionele ambachtelijke schoen van de Zuid-Indische Kolhapuri gemeenschap in een innovatief product.

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Research In Flanders • Flanders Knowledge Area vzw • Thematic papers • Innovating the Arts Fundamental scientific research is not the only way to tackle today’s social challenges such as they are set out in the Horizon 2020 project, the European Commission’s ground-breaking research and innovation programme that started two years ago in 2014 and will go on until 2020. Research into the arts also offers a whole range of possible solutions. But it does

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    In: Volkskunde, driemaandelijks tijdschrift voor de studie van de volkscultuur, Special Issue on cultural heritage, 2015 (sept-dec). Abstract The Saami, living in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and northwestern Russia (also known as Sápmi) use the nuvttohat during winter time. The nuvttohat is a winter boot made from local available material (i.e. skin of the reindeer fur leg). The boots provide the ultimate protection from the environment while respecting the natural

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  In: Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies, Volume 27, Issue 5, Special Issue: Revisiting the ethnographic turn in contemporary art Part 1.27. Abstract: An increasing wave of art events has occurred since the 1990s that have displayed significant similarities with anthropology and ethnography in their theorisations of cultural difference and representational practices. In this theme issue the authors aim to revisit the ethnographic turn in contemporary art by focusing on practice-led research. Contributions

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