THE SLIPPER PROJECT

The Slipper Project is a first of its kind in the UK, bringing people closer than ever to the processes, techniques and materials behind their footwear, by empowering them to make a pair of felt slippers from home. 

The kit demonstrates the fundamental links between small and local production, craft knowledge, and farming in ways that respect and regenerate the land. Integrating these practices is not only possible but also essential for the future of our planet.


THE TEXTILES

These carefully chosen producers all follow sustainable and regenerative farming practices and work within a 50-mile radius of one other. The wool is sourced from Fernhill, where Jen & Andy run an eco-farm breeding sheep for their quality fibres in the Mendips; the fully traceable leather produced by Grady & Robinson (Alice & Sara) using hides from pasture farms in the South West and vegetable-tanned in Bristol; flax grown and hand-spun by Simon & Anne in Stroud; and beeswax from Alyson, a small-scale beekeeper in Bristol.

THE MAKING

The slipper kit provides patterns, tools, and instructions for a contemporary, unisex design using traditional shoe-making techniques, as well as the materials themselves, all of which are sourced directly from farmers and producers within the South West of England. 

ABOUT

The Slipper Project offers a unique opportunity to engage with the production process from beginning to end, and practice traditional craft while supporting the revival of small and medium scale fibre production within the UK. The idea came out of collaborative work and ongoing research between Bristol-based shoemakers & designers, Ollie and Lucy of Ottowin (@ottowinshop), and fibre researchers & designers Phoebe and Isobel of Pico (@pico.goods & @project.pico). This kit – and the resulting pair of beautiful, high-quality, and durable slippers – demonstrates the fundamental links between small and local production, craft knowledge, and living and farming in ways that respect and regenerate the land. Integrating these practices is not only possible but also essential for the future of our planet and collective wellbeing.

WEBSITE: www.project-pico.com/about
SOCIALS: www.instagram.com/pico.goods 

 

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