Sneakers Reconstruction and Desing and circular economy

Summer and Winter Courses - Bilbao

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Textile products, and in particular footwear, are converted into waste after being used for a specified period of time, usually short. Fashions and current clothing renewal guidelines are causing a growing presence of this waste. In this context, the concept of the circular fashion industry is becoming a rapidly growing movement.

It aims to reuse and recycle all materials, eliminating waste and pollution and regenerating the environment in a "circular model". This concept is gaining ground among the most important fashion brands. It helps to know and implement a complete cycle of reconstruction of footwear from waste, recovering it for a circular economy and developing research of the creative process, creating design patterns, planning the job of the workshop and craftsmanship with the footwear.

  • Start date
    July 2021
  • Duration
    3 weeks
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It is an own IED Title that is aimed mainly at people interested in the fields of textile design and product design and also for people with an interest in design processes linked to the circular economy.
Prior training is not an essential specific for a complete enjoyment and use of the course, but some aesthetic and social sensitivity is useful.
During the three weeks of the course, the student will be able to enter into the practical development of footwear recovery projects, reconstructing them from textile waste. 
Following a collaborative methodology, all students will develop each of the phases of real shoe recovery projects. Unique developments are achieved in each project and a process of generating ideas, development and manufacturing is encouraged in which the contribution and creativity of each student counts.
The course will allow the student to:
  • Internalize the job process of the workshop for the disassembly of shoe parts (deconstruction) and subsequent assembly (reconstruction).
  • Learn a specific and unique working methodology.
  • Understand the breadth of the footwear sector, the challenges they face and the paths that open up from the circular economy.
  • Know the different phases of the shoe recovery project.
  • Learn specific representation techniques related to footwear.
  • Understand the mechanisms for recovering textile waste to give it a second life, identify patterns of use, and points to take into account for the use and obtaining of raw material.
  • Get to know certain key aspects for graphic and visual communication of these type of pieces.
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    • Week 1: Introduction and methodology

      Introduction focused on the practical alternatives that integrate the circular economy in footwear manufacturing.
      Presentation of the theoretical basis and the context for the implementation of the work methodology that we will develop below.
      In this block, certain knowledge about representation techniques, specific to this area of work, will also be provided.


    • Week 2: Case Study and Design Phase

      Development of various design and planning projects for the recovery of footwear.
      Through each practical case, students investigate in a guided way about real professional situations that occurred in the context of the circular economy and footwear. In this way, students will have the opportunity to analyze said problem, make a diagnosis, present argued solution alternatives that serve for decision-making and to choose a solution based on theoretical and practical arguments, as well as to evaluate the results of said solution.
      Likewise, students will develop a technical design sheet as the first step of the shoe recovery project to be developed in Week 3.

    • Week 3: Project to rebuild footwear from waste

      Implementation of a complete reconstruction cycle from footwear waste and through a methodology based on a process of:
      • Evaluation of the raw material (donated footwear)
      • Design
      • Shoe disassembly
      • Reconstruction
      • Communication

Remarkable is that teacher who accomplishes himself what he teaches to others.
(Italian proverb)

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Bárbara León

Bárbara León
Bárbara León has a degree in Fashion Design and Management with more than 12 years of experience in the fields of design and styling. She is the founder of the Re_ brand, a project for the creation of redesigned and reconstructed footwear from waste, a framework for the exploration and implementation of responsible production and consumption alternatives with a style aligned with the trends of the moment.