PENSOLE Academy, D'Wayne Edwards' venture for training the next generation of footwear designers, has partnered with direct-to-consumer footwear brand Allbirds to offer a master class on sustainable design.
Only 12 designers will be selected for the tuition-free, housing-free three-week class, which will be hands-on and held at PENSOLE's Portland, Oregon location from March 23rd thru April 10th.
"We want to reshape the way aspiring designers view sustainability by having them incorporate it into their designs from the very beginning," Edwards says of the class. "Rather than focus on future innovation, we're challenging our students to utilize existing resources in a way they've never been used before."
The class will encompass apparel in addition to footwear, and applicants will need to put together the following:
"Footwear and apparel designers are invited to submit designs inspired by household items such as an egg carton, cupholder, mesh produce bag, coffee filter or teabag. Color and materials designers are asked to submit a one-page color/materials mood board inspired by biodegradable items."
"The central purpose is to help redefine what is considered sustainable by showcasing the creative process of people reusing and repurposing items," Edwards says.