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Marlene Kranz

Year of Award: 2017 Award State: Northern Territory Trades > Fashion, Footware And Millinery
To research eco leather, sustainable design and further develop the 'Art of Shoemaking' - Netherlands, UK, Spain, Italy
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Major lessons and conclusions, and their implementation and dissemination:

Shortly before embarking on my Fellowship, I made the decision to completely re-assess the sourcing and manufacturing side of my shoe brand ‘Ideal Husband’. Issues around reliability and assuring quality consistency made it imperative to look for a suitable alternative preferably onshore.

I have found it very conducive to my trip to have a ‘real life’ issue with pressing questions to answer keeping me focussed and genuinely interested in solutions currently being investigated within the industry.

  • Sustainability is a culture and needs to be embedded within all layers of society to work > networks are vital, working as a team the only way forward
  • Re-defining consumerism and customer awareness are paramount for genuine solutions
  • Circular economy as the new business model (as opposed to linear economy)
  • ‘Eco’ leather does not exist, however, efforts are made to reduce environmental impact
  • Plant based alternatives to leather have yet to produce the sufficient properties to make them suitable for footwear – although alternatives for bags are acceptable
  • ‘Vegan’ shoe production is not a 100 per cent circular production and relies on manmade fibres having environmental impacts
  • Lab-grown ‘leather’ is not yet at the point of entering the market comprehensively and is reliant on dyeing and tanning procedures that have an environmental impact
  • My broader awareness of the international scope of which I will take into my own work and my teaching practices > part of FibreArt 2019
  • Lessons in persistence, self-belief and resilience which I will apply to my work and my teaching practice

Keywords: Sustainability, Circular Economy, sustainable design, plant waste leather, loop flow, tannery, water plant, leather, vegan leather, veg tan leather, fashion footwear industry, shoe maker, shoe designer, alternative leather, shoes

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