Stunning Footwear Inspired By Raffles Designers

Singapore – To better prepare Raffles students for the industry, Raffles provides ample opportunities for them to gain exposure and put their knowledge and skills to good use. 10 Raffles Designers from Visual Communication and Multimedia Design disciplines were selected to showcase their creative footwear designs at the “In Our Shoes” exhibition at Kapok Singapore, National Design Centre from 8 to 25 January 2015.

In commemoration of Singapore’s 50th anniversary, Bronx Creative & Design Centre collaborated with several schools including Raffles Singapore to put up a visual showcase of stunning footwear that brimmed with creativity and innovation. The exhibition aimed to provide a platform for young budding designers to showcase their talent as they designed meaningful footwear that marks Singapore’s pride and identity. Their works of art were beautifully crafted onto Hudson, a shoe inspired by the rich history of an explorer named Henry Hudson who made his mark on the world map.

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Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Law and Education, and Mr Thomas Poh, Manager of BRONX Creative and Design Centre, graced the opening ceremony of the exhibition and learned about the inspirations that went into each footwear design.

Raffles Designers formed two teams:

Team 1: Miss Joaquim
Pham Thuy Duong (Elly), Hoang Huy Thien (Huey), Selvi Sukijung, Kathleen Wijaya and Merina Yemima took on an urban and abstract approach for their design. Inspired by the treetop at Gardens By The Bay, the organic roots and branches around the shoes coupled with the lines and structure of roots represented continuity of growth in Singapore. They used black as the base colour to create a daring contrast against a gold texture.

“As international students, we are proud to be part of SG50 celebrations. We took a different perspective and came up with unique colour scheme for our design. With Multimedia Design knowledge as our background, this was an eye-opening experience as we learned how shoes are designed, prepared and made.” said the team.

Team 2: Cultural Patterns
Andri Martin, Cherry Gunadi, Cindy Budiman, Clarissa Kirana and Geraldo Solihineam combined different features of the varying cultures in Singapore to create patterns that instilled elements of contemporary yet traditional into their design. They hope to convey the message that in Singapore, the different cultures can be appreciated as a whole.

“It was an enriching experience for us because we were given the opportunity to implement our designs on shoes instead of papers and computers, very different from what Graphic Designers do.” said the team.

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