I wanted to continue to explore how I could combine my intricate sketchbook ink patterns with my footwear designs. After looking into manufacturing processes like CNC milling and digital embroidering, I landed on laser cutting and laser engraving to create my designs.
The Ink Design Runner No. 2 is the second footwear design of a series of seamless one-piece, handcrafted leather uppers with laser-etched patterning. The natural materials ensure that the shoe is breathable and lightweight, and that the leather will mold to the wearer's foot over time.
Some alternate concepts of the Ink Design Runner created in Photoshop using different sole designs.
Creativity is often sparked by boredom, and when I get bored, I like to draw detail-rich patterns.
Doodling intricate patterns in my pocket sketchbook is a very cathartic and meditative activity for me. The designs are never planned out, and I let the forms of each shape inform and dictate one another. This is a very “stream of consciousness” process, where I let spontaneity of imperfections guide the designs.
Below is some documentation of my design/making process, including sketching, pattern making, laser etching, hand-sewing and lasting.