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Workshop themed the shoe‏: Application for Participation

marchons - Workshop themed the shoe‏: Application for Participation

EBABX-Ecole d’Enseignement Supérieur d’Art de Bordeaux

Workshop: Application for Participation
Chaussure, scarpa, shoe, &
design in Aquitaine

Theme: the shoe
Workshop dates: July 2–13, 2012.
Organized by the EBABX, a summer workshop, “Marchons-marchons ” during July 2012 in partnership with the Politechnico of Milan, will bring together students, recent graduates and young professionals from here and abroad, to work on the idea of the shoe alongside local and regional companies.

An international project, the workshop, which puts in close relation design, service design, local territory and creative strategies as defined with partner companies, will involve the making of prototypes.

Participants will work in collaboration with partner local and regional shoe companies, who will contribute their techniques, identity, history and know-how in order to realize the prototypes. This workshop, supervised by professional theoreticians and designers for a period of 15 days, will include theoretical and artistic research which will question different aspects of shoemaking, economics, commercialisation, and regional distribution.

Thus, the prototype projects will have as objective to reflect this cultural reality, but also to be a concrete process wherein each creation could potentially become an industrially realisable product. The workshop will put the accent on innovation. The design, style, and fashion aspects of the shoes and research on new materials will be emphasized in order to produce projects which are innovative and could be included in the field of contemporary creation.

EBABX will film the entire workshop and produce a video documentary at the end which will reveal the content of the workshop, underlining the wealth and diversity of shoe industries in Aquitaine. One of the objectives will be to show how design, style and innovation could play an important part in a sector which has lost visibility and position in the market these past few years as a result of globalisation and competition.

1. Workshop terms and conditions for participation by both student and young professional designers.
– Accommodations in Bordeaux are paid for by the candidate and reservations made by the EBABX.
– Registration cost: 300 euros.
The number of participants is limited to 30, with 10 places being reserved for students, graduates and design professionals not affiliated with the EBABX or the Politecnico of Milan.

2. Candidate applications:
Applications will be accepted starting April 1, 2012.
The application form and can be downloaded from and returned by email in pdf format (only one form per candidate, the “title” being his/her name) to:

The application file should contain:
– 1 illustrated portfolio representative of the artistic work of the student, graduate, or designer.
– 1 Curriculum Vitae
– 1 cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in working on this theme, in this territory and in relation with local and regional companies.
– The completed identification form.

Maximum size of file: 10 MB.
Only complete application files will be considered.

3. Application deadline: April 30, 2012

4. A jury of design professionals will meet on May 10, 2012 for selection of candidates.

Chosen students and designers will be notified May 14, 2012 and will be sent a written convention to be signed and returned.

5. Contact for all information:

EBABX-Ecole d’Enseignement Supérieur d’Art de Bordeaux
Hélène Squarcioni
7 rue des Beaux-Arts
33800 Bordeaux