Olive Oyl | 2011
  • Today is the opening day of “Walkable”, a retrospective of Kobi Levi’s work. His designs are all over the blogosphere these days so I’m honored Kobi took the time to answer my questions.
    You can watch an Hebrew friendly interview with him (click it anyway, you’ll get a sneak peek at his studio).
    Kobi’s creations at his blog are just around the corner.
    You can get in touch with Kobi here:
    kobilvi {at} 012 {dot} net {dot} il
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I’d love to hear about you, your journey, how it all began.
I’ve always liked shoes as an artistic object as well as a fashion accessory. I find shoes more interesting than clothes since they have a life of their own. I started to design shoes when I was in high school, but was making cardboard models then… I pursued my passion at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, studying jewelry and accessories design. After my graduation, I also put a lot of effort to learn a lot of techniques to help me develop my ideas into actual shoes.
Can you describe your work process for me?
An idea can just “pop up” and I keep thinking about it until I decide to start developing it. Or, I choose a theme and start my visual research for related
images. I start with 2D sketches, from various angles, then, if it feels right I continue to make a 3D model that will develop into a first real
Which materials do you work with?
I “let” the idea decide which materials will work best. I like to work with various materials, traditional like leather and textile to others like wood, plastics, metal etc’…
What is the most unusual piece you have ever designed?
Well, I think I’m pushing the limit with each new design… that keeps things more interesting… I’m working on a new piece that I think is the most unusual so far…still a secret. You’ll see…
What’s next? What is your dream?
I hope this artistic line will grow more, also the commercial line I’m working on, “Shoola”, women’s fashion shoes.
If you had an extra hour each day what would you do with it?
More designs… Yes… Workaholic… But it is fun when it is about creation.
I’m curious to know where does your inspiration come from?
Literally everywhere and everything, from images I choose to situations that “hint” a design… I like to design with things that are not common as an inspiration or maybe take a “common” theme and design with it in a totally different way.
Can you tell me which designers inspire you?
I like things from various people as I look at the creations more than the name. To name a few, I like Alexander Macqueen and Vivienne westwood. I find their work exciting with their own unique “signature”.
What about some websites and blogs that you visit regularly?
Virtual Shoe Museum is a great website with a huge shoe images collection and DesignBoom is another website that showcase interesting shoe design.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
I think the best one was to “just do what you believe in and feel that it’s good”. Not to hesitate, just go for it and see, why not?!