We were delighted to welcome representatives of Clarks to help launch our new shoe design project for Year 5 pupils. Clarks explained to the pupils the complicated process of shoe design and the technical processes behind the creation of every shoe.
The team showed the children examples of lasts (the wooden moulds used for making shoes); the different leathers available; and explained why a variety of materials are used for different parts of a shoe. The children were also introduced to the complicated design process behind making shoes, including an explanation of the thought process behind the Clarks 2019 design line. Their inspirational talk generated lots of very interesting questions from the pupils and they were particularly impressed when the Clarks team were asked about their own shoes – the children were intrigued to hear that many of them were wearing shoes that they had designed.
Pupils have now been assigned three design briefs: they can elect to design either a shoe to walk on the moon, a shoe to wear to Glastonbury Festival, or a shoe to make their teacher look cool! Children have already been incredibly busy with design ideas and have been diligently using the vacuum forming machine to create shoe prototypes.
We are extremely grateful to the team at Clarks for coming to inspire and educate our pupils about the complicated processes involved in creating shoes. This project is a fantastic collaboration with Clarks, and a great way of bringing creative design to life through a project which everyone can relate to, as shoes are so important to our daily life, regardless of where we live or how old we are.
Click here to see photos of the Clarks visit on Flickr.