Anna Melegh, University of Northampton
With my design, the goal was to create a comfortable piece which is more than a shoe. Just like I mentioned before I’m fascinated by the natural world, in particular varieties of bugs, butter ies and the habits they live in. According to recent studies, “the world’s insects are hurtling down the path to ex- tinction, threatening a catastroph- ic collapse of nature’s ecosystems. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles.
The total mass of insects is falling by a pre- cipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could van- ish within a century” (Carrington, 2019). The aim was to give spotlight for insects, as fashion has the power to highlight various is- sues, and to raise awareness of the conservation and the beauty of nature and natural materials. Last year I had the chance to visit Iceland and visit their sh leather tannery which in uenced my work, and I decided to make my own leather at home from the waste of the shing industry. I believe the change for the Footwear industry; what we take from nature could return to nature.