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Ink Design Runner
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_INK DESIGN RUNNER

The Ink Design Runner features a seamless one-piece, handcrafted leather upper 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. My ultimate goal was to see 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 final designs.
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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.
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Luke Gordon