Carolin Holzhuber: Sculptural Handcrafted Footwear That Challenge The Eyes And The Mind

Carolin Holzhuber is a Austrian born Footwear Designer based between Vienna and London. She graduated in 2014 from the MA Fashion Footwear Course at London College of Fashion, University oft the Arts London. She did her BA Fashion at the Fashion Institute Vienna Hetzendorf in cooperation with the University of Arts Linz.

Carolin designs and makes sculptural handcrafted footwear that somehow confuses, or disturbs, or grasps the spectator for a long time. With her work she wants to challenge the eyes and the mind. Footwear is not just about being wearable. It is about the wonderful material leather, all the little steps and details that make a pair of shoe to a wonderful handcrafted luxury product. All her footwear pieces are produced by herself in a little workshop in East London. For her it is very important to control every step of the production and also the choice of high end materials. 

Her design work is always influenced by something that to some extend follows her in her minds or that crosses her visual field in a very intensive way. For example the concept behind her collection Conjoined Illusion was about mirroring, reflection, visual illusion and conjoined twins. Carolin also likes to look at medical areas and take something that normally creates aversions and transforms it into aesthetical objects. Her intention is that people look closer at objects and do not see them just as one piece. She wants them to discover all the different parts that an object contains out and also to see the hidden beauty.Her designs are complex, dynamic constructions mixed with the typically aesthetic and grace of a shoe. Carolin adores the traditional way of making footwear and for her designs she combines the handcraft work with new and innovative materials such as carbon fibre. 

The footwear pieces from Carolin Holzhuber were exhibited in February 2014 at the MA14 exhibition in Victoria House London. Two pairs of her last collection `Conjoined Illusion´ were presented in Vienna at the exhibtion SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design in the Kunst Haus Wien Museum Hundertwasser from June to October 2014.The brand Carolin Holzhuber was shortlisted for the DEUTSCHE BANK AWARD for Creative Enterprises 2014. Carolin Holzhuber was a finalist at the INTERNATIONAL TALENT SUPPORT 2014 in the category Accessories. The brand Carolin Holzhuber got an award from the Austrian governmental department for Art and Culture (BMUKK) in November 2014. Carolin Holzhuber is nominated for the ARTS & CRAFTS DESIGN AWARD 2015. 


All images, courtesy of designer: Carolin Holzhuber