Helen Kirkum


Makers Manual #14: Sneaker Sculpture

Makers Manual is a collaborative project between exciting makers and STORE STORE. These downloadable manuals are a practical guide to making at home for beginners and experts.

This manual provides a spontaneous and fun exploration into alternative sneaker design. Emphasising the value in waste materials and using household waste as a source of inspiration, you will never look at your cereal boxes the same again! The purpose of this way of working is to consider a physical approach to initial design research, allowing you to create a 3D sneaker sculpture full of ideas to explore. Once you have followed these basic steps you can get as intricate or wild as you like, the possibilities are endless.

Helen Kirkum is an Artist and Designer based in East London. Her work embodies reworking discarded and recycled sneakers the craftsmanship of handmade footwear, and the emphasis of human agency and stories. Creating wearable couture collages from discarded sneakers that challenge ideas of materiality and newness.

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