Past Program

Northern Europe: Shoe Design - Perception, History & Prototyping

Alongside fabric artist and RISD Senior Critic Kathleen S. Grevers, Apparel Design students travelled to Northern Europe to study the creative cultures of Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.


Wintersession Travel Course
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
Winter 2016

Course Dates: Jan 6, 2016 — Feb 9, 2016

Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Academic Credits
  • Apparel Design
Course Numbers
  • APPAR-3052-01

Includes accommodation, field trips, local transportation, all meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

About this Travel Course

While abroad, students used the experience of footwear design as a way to more deeply understand and expand their own personal design process through the practice of creative introspections inspired by Da Vinci's methods as well as from Northern European history, design practice and cultural aesthetic.

Students engaged in a series of studio, factory, museum and gallery visits where sketchbooks were used as visual and reflective journals to practice insightful daily exercises to advance their design process and footwear designs. The final student shoe designs represent the influence of these explorations and the manifestation of an expanded design methodology.

See more: Wintersession Shoe Design 2016 Exhibit Photos This collection documents the student exhibition Shoe Design: Northern Europe held in the Visual and Material Resource Center, second floor of the Fleet Library on February 5th, 2016.

Documentary Film: Wintersession Shoe Design 2016

Documentary Film: Wintersession Shoe Design 2016: Stahl Campus

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