Fashion more and more grabs its inspiration from nature. as it always has. But now even more fashion wants to use nature as a new source of material. In the future there will be a limit in which nature can provide us with this material so we need to make an artificial alternative to balance the amount of natural materials we wear.
In this project collaborating with Ecco Leather I experimented with fungal growth on leather surfaces. Are they able to provide a new role in shoe making, creating texture or color.
A lot of times nature as an image but also as a material is abused and sacrifced for the sake of fashion and trends. We duplicate it, make it into our own and tell ourselves that it is still “natural”.
We need to embrace all that is unatural around us but still get inspiration from what is natural.