On Thursday afternoon, Year 8 Textiles students spent time visiting our local art gallery and museum, exploring the wonderful collection of footwear in the shoe gallery. In Textiles lessons this year, our Year 8 students are designing and making their own fabric shoes, exploring shoe designers and developing creative textiles techniques.
Northampton Art Gallery and Museum boasts one of the largest collections of shoes and shoe heritage in the world. We were inspired to find out about Northamptonshire’s shoe-making heritage, the shoe design and manufacture process and explore the diverse collection on show.
In addition to the shoe gallery we visited a temporary exhibition (showing until February 26) “ Trainers: a global obsession”. This exhibition is a fascinating insight into a multi-billion dollar global industry. There is a focus on cultural influences and the environmental impact of the trainer and its consumer.
We look forward to showcasing our shoe designs later in the academic year.