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-----------------------------------------------............................................... .INTERVIEW KOBI LEVI
 
   
 
Graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem 2001. Specialized in footwear design and development. Working as a freelance designer. Collaborating with both Israeli and international companies, currently working on his women shoe line in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Designed commercial footwear in both Italy, China and Brazil. Presented design in various exhibitions in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Tokyo, Verona, St.Etienne, Berlin etc'… " In my artistic footwear design the shoe is my canvas. The trigger to create a new piece comes when an idea, a concept and/or an image comes to mind. The combination of the image and footwear creates a new hybrid and the design/concept comes to life. The piece is a wearable sculpture. It is "alive" with/out the foot/body. Another aspect of the creation is the realization. All the pieces are hand-made in my studio. The challenging technical development is the key to bring the design to life in the best way."

What made you decide to step into this profession?

I was always fascinated with the shapes of footwear and saw it as wearable sculptures. I wanted to show my own point of view with my artistic designs. So I studied design in collage and also went to "old school" shoe makers to learn a lot of technical things to be able to actually make it myself.

Your designs reveal an intersection point between art and communication challenging codes of language and perception with a touch of humor, what are you looking for from this shoe design perspective?, What do you expect from it?

This is my "design language", my form of art. I create these designs simply because I want to… no specific expectations, "design for design". Since I posted my creations online, I get a lot of requests to buy/order these, so I'm checking options how can this be done.






We know all the pieces are hand-made in your studio but, what kind of tools are you using to develop this technical development?

It is a very challenging and demanding process. I need various types of machines: stitching, skiving, sending… and a lot or equipment, which some of it I also need to make myself… all is more difficult as there are not big quantities… so all the developments is for one, or a few pairs. This is exactly to opositer from what the industry is like.

Could you describe how is your process of creation, from the idea to the final result and how is this final result check it in terms of confortabilyty?

As you said- first is the idea! Then how to design it- these are the two main things. An idea can simply "pop up" in my head and I decide to explore it, or I can choose a theme/concept and design with related images. I start with 2D sketches, from various angles, to the first impression. If I'm happy with it I continue to the 3D stage where I choose the lasts and start to sculpture the heels to create the basic silhouette. This will follow with the pattern making, choosing materials, cutting/stitching and assembly of the first pair. A lot of work… and with the first pair I must take a second look and check each step to see it looks good and show the idea the best way.

In terms of comfort, the higher the heel curve, the more challenging it will be… but this is the case in any high heel shoe… people think my designs are more difficult to walk in because of the look… but technically they are real wearable shoes.




To design a shoe you think about it as sculpture to wear (or not) but, is there any particular type of person who wears your pieces?

A courageous enough person… who like to have fun. But the shoe "exists" with or without a potential wearer.

Do you try to establish your own place between commerce and art?

In a way- yes, as mentioned- it is my "design language" and it communicates as wearable art.





Is there any favourite pair of shoes you made for you?

For myself to wear? I always "promise myself" to make a pair for me… but then another "crazy" idea comes up and I'm "swept away" to create it…and I cannot stop till it is complete… art first….




"Most of the inspirations are out of the "shoe-world", and give the footwear an extreme transformation. The result is usually humoristic with a unique point of view about footwear".









More Info: http://kobilevidesign.blogspot.com


How do you define your design shoe concept?

It is a hybrid, a combination of the idea/concept/image/inspiration, and the shoe. Each creation has its own story- in has a "light" humorous design, with a meaning to it, and the viewer can also see another "say" in it depends from their own perspective.

What are the most common materials in your creations?

You mean design-wise? Or actual materials?

It terms of the design, I like to take inspiration from different and surprising places, or- choose an "obvious"/common theme/image and design it in a surprising way

As for actual materials, I choose the ones which will show the design the best way: leather, textile, synthetics, wood, metal….etc'…

 

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