I wanted to continue to explore how I could combine my intricate sketchbook ink patterns with my footwear designs. After looking into manufacturing processes like CNC milling and digital embroidering, I landed on laser cutting and laser engraving to create my designs.


The Ink Design Runner No. 2 is the second footwear design of a series of seamless one-piece, handcrafted leather uppers with laser-etched patterning. The natural materials ensure that the shoe is breathable and lightweight, and that the leather will mold to the wearer's foot over time.
_Ink Design Basketball Footwear Concepts

Some alternate concepts of the Ink Design Runner created in Photoshop using different sole designs.

Creativity is often sparked by boredom, and when I get bored, I like to draw detail-rich patterns. 

Doodling intricate patterns in my pocket sketchbook is a very cathartic and meditative activity for me. The designs are never planned out, and I let the forms of each shape inform and dictate one another. This is a very "stream of consciousness" process, where I let spontaneity of imperfections guide the designs.
_Inspiration: Product & Material Design

Below is a collection of leather molded products and footwear designs that I used for creative inspiration.

_Inspiration: Nendo

I was really drawn to studio nendo's explorations into the natural wear of leather with suntan patterns. The mark making and patterning was a great source for inspiration when diving into how I would apply my own patterns into leather. 

_Inspiration: Innovative Processes 

I am also very inspired by how adidas futurecraft is exploring CNC milling techniques to customize leather sneaker production.


Below is some documentation of my design/making process, including sketching, pattern making, laser etching, hand-sewing and lasting.
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