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Martha joined the Workshop to create and hand-build a collection of high heels made from up-cycled materials from the SF Bay Area. During her two-month residency, we hand-made over 50 pairs of heels, with another 100 additional pairs to date.
I started my residency with an interest in exploring materials and processes but little idea of how a design might manifest. Together Braden and I scoured the depths of South San Francisco, Oakland, Marin looking for inspiration and connection. Braden was an integral part of my discovery, he has a deep knowledge of construction and a true maker with a passion for building and experimenting. We played, made fantastic messes and accrued piles and piles of mockups. We worked side by side to find the beauty, focus the useful and refine until usable. Braden helped me locate tiny artisans to sew heavy leather components, precision fabricators to stamp and bend steel shanks and a hard-core foundry to anneal them. He spent hours molding epoxy, slicing and grinding it into heel forms and setting up a little production line to assemble.With little prior exposure to fashion or footwear, Braden was hungry to learn from me as well. He was curious about typical construction and components, quickly processing and then innovating. We have since done several projects together and all have been equally fun, inspiring and successful.
--Martha Davis (excerpt from letter of recommendation)