Graduating students in FIDM's Textile Design Program, in collaboration with TOMS Shoes, created a special project inspired by TOMS Style Your Sole events. The students created original surface textile designs, and painted them onto white TOMS shoes, spending up to 6 hours working a single shoe.
Cherie Bodenstab, Assistant Chairperson to the Fashion Design and Jewelry Design Programs at FIDM, participates in the TOMS Style Your Sole events in California as a freelancing artist. Through her connections, she introduced FIDM Textile Design Chairperson Anne Bennion to the company.
The painted shoes will be on display at the Textile Design & Fashion Knitwear Design Student Show, October 2 through December 15 on the Los Angeles campus. The show will launch with an opening reception for graduating students and industry partners.
TOMS plans to auction the shoes off at an upcoming fundraiser. TOMS is committed to creating the biggest impact possible with the shoes they give—improving children's health and access to education—for the long-term.
Photo: TOMS shoes painted by FIDM Textile Design Student Abby Oldshue