More about Naomi
Research Project: Ethnographic study of contemporary shoe design
"My PhD is an ethnographic study of contemporary shoe design, researching shoe designers who are niche and not mass market or big label brands. I am looking at their creative inspirations and how they respond to materials and the commercial pressures they are under.
"I am following the shoe through the whole process; looking at the material selection, designing and making, as well as the commercial side; the pricing of the shoes and how they are marketed to commercial buyers and shops.
"NTU has aided my project by providing a positive environment in which to study. The facilities are excellent and the academics and support staff are invaluable. The people in the School of Art & Design are from such varied backgrounds, there are always alternative opinions and perspectives."