Shoes inspire students

By Juliette Perry, Block 4

On Monday Block 4 Design students visited London on the search for inspiration for our extended projects, and there was no shortage of it at the Design Museum. One room – filled with 100s of shoes, pumps, mules, sandals, ones with massive heels, some with even taller heels, made from glitter, silk, lace and leather – was a treasure trove of extraordinary shoes with dramatic use of crystals, colours and textures. Unsurprisingly everyone was balancing a sketchbook precariously on their arms whilst hurriedly sketching. We also visited a more practical design exhibition with wind powered mine sweepers, electric cars and re-designed ambulances, as well as the Victoria and Albert Museum’s British Design 1948–2012: Innovation in the Modern Age exhibition where there were so many wonderful pieces to sketch and inspire: a fully rigged topper; one of the Queen’s dresses, tiaras made from skeletons, feather and beads; and chairs carved from branches and teetering on impossibly thin legs. Before the visit I felt hopelessly void of ideas for my project but now I am full of them and I can’t wait to start designing!


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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