“Galahad Clark’s ancestors have been making shoes since the 19th century. You could say this seventh generation descendant of the Clarks shoe dynasty is following in his forefathers’ footsteps. It’s just he’s doing it without any shoes on. Convinced that wearing shoes is the cause of a slew of health problems, Galahad is the man behind the £7.5 million turnover of Terra Plana – a company with shops in New York, Vienna and Ljubliana, whose VivoBarefoot shoes with ultra-thin soles act like a scond skin and mimic bare skin.”
Brydie Rowan, a former member of the Terra Plana team in Brighton, recently put her skills and artistic prowess to some Terra Plana shoeboxes.
“I love pattern, textile, sculpture and repurposed art…so when I saw the Terra Plana boxes I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. I haven’t worked with cardboard before and I was really interested to see what movement and texture I could create with quite a static material.
I wanted to make something wearable and biodegradable, so instead of using any glues etc (which would have been a lot quicker!) I made the dress piece by piece using a single hole punch and natural string, scoring, cutting and fixing to create smooth curved forms on the body and a free flowing skirt with movement.
I wanted to represent the feel of Terra Plana shoes, so I tried to keep the lines quite clean and simple but stylish.
It took me fifteen hours to make, and I am half way through the next piece, which is more geometric and angular and made with united nude boxes.
I’ve only just started but I have some really extravagant ideas to develop now I’m getting the hang of the medium.” – Brydie Rowan, 2010
“Shoes, according to Galahad Clark, are among the most environmentally damaging consumer products. He should know. He is a sixth-generation member of the country’s best-known shoe empire, Clarks.”
Read the full article at the Times Online
“We’ve long thought shoes were overrated, especially in summer, when there’s little more pleasant than your bare soles scuffing against the sand. But we wouldn’t have thought to run without trainers, especially not in the city, until we heard about the Evo shoes from [Terra Plana using] VivoBarefoot [Technology]. They have an ultra-thin soft rubber sole to protect your feet from being punctured by stray glass but they’re also designed to let your feet and toes move naturally, as they would if you were running barefoot, strengthening your foot, ankle, knee, hips and core. It’s also good for your posture, and they have the science to back it up.“