“The Kajola capsule assortment isn’t wearable, however moderately [the shoes] exist as residing artefacts,” the studio’s founder Agbo-Ola informed Dezeen.
Organically formed, the slipper-like footwear options soles comprised of plant fibres blended with clays, plant starch and different natural supplies.
Patterns for the higher portion of every shoe have been hand lower and sewn along with pure fibres utilizing a Japanese shoe patcher stitching machine designed for repairing leather-based items.
The gathering was knowledgeable by the pores and skin of vegetation, in response to Agbo-Ola, and particularly the best way the leaves of sure vegetation shrivel up once they start to rot.
“I used to be particularly impressed by how some vegetation curl or roll up once they decay,” he mentioned. “This course of made me consider an architectural rigidity or stability that would occur if two vegetation have been woven collectively in reverse curling instructions.”
“I started to analysis extra in regards to the properties of plant pores and skin, and the way this materials and the method of decay could possibly be used as a system for footwear,” he added.
The earthy hues and uneven surfaces featured throughought the gathering nod to the assorted textures and colors that vegetation exhibit at totally different phases of the decomposition course of.
The Kajola assortment was named after an space of Nigeria and knowledgeable by a visit to an area forests, the place Agbo-Ola explored the method of decay in natural matter.
Whereas the gathering isn’t designed to be practical and can stay as a restricted version of artworks, Olaniyi Studio is planning to develop a wearable model that could possibly be on the market as quickly as 2023.
“We’re presently constructing a crew of engineers and materials scientists to develop a working collection of prototypes utilizing our plant-based materials skins fused with recycled ocean plastics and recycled rubber as a components for 3D-printed sole composition,” mentioned Agbo-Ola.
“My intention is to push the potential of supplies far past the identified in relation to what vegetation can do, in addition to design for a era that’s not right here but however may use the shoe as inspiration for the probabilities of plant-based footwear.”
Agbo-Ola additionally not too long ago collaborated with cacao farmer Tabita Rezaire to create an set up exploring medicinal vegetation, which is on show at London’s Serpentine Gallery as a part of the climate-focused exhibition Again to Earth.
Right here, bouquets of rosemary, lemon thyme and inexperienced sage have been strung up on knitted screens and left to dry and launch their scent over the course of the exhibition.
The photographs are courtesy of Olaniyi Studio.