Tea Petrovic has designed a collection of shoes based on the work of late Russian sculptor Naum Gabo and Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
The collection includes ten different hand-made prototypes created while Petrovic was studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo.
Tea says: ” I have created a shoe collection, as my graduating project, that is centered around the idea that each shoe is an sculptural-architectural structured form.
Each model is an experiment with the high heel, because they determine the whole form of a shoe.
The heels are columns, constructive elements on which the whole creative process is based with an aim to create a new concept of high heels.
Bernard Figueroa once said: “There is so much space between a woman’s heel and the floor that one can use.”, and that is exactly what I tried to accomplish using this space as much as possible.
These shoes are primarily an art object and their function is secondary.
The focus is on the form, their only decorative element. Design is based on the exploration of new high heel shapes, resulting in numerous variations of their basic form.
The first group – linear constructions – is inspired by Naum Gabo and they represent the idea of levity, transparency and complex structure.
Architectural shoe – the second group refers to the constructions and architecture of Santiago Calatrava with an accent on detail. These high heels are sculptural figures which dominate and determine the form of a shoe.
The final group of the collection – wings/variations – are steered around the tendency for natural, organic shapes, compact forms and distinct sculptural and architectural details.
To underline their sculptural form, the shoes are kept white, which on the other hand emphasis the artistic language, present in the entire collection.”