Helen Kirkum Studio founded by Helen Kirkum, offers made to order one off handmade sneakers from recycled sneaker components, as well as creative design consultancy to brands looking for a forward thinking, avant-garde perspective on footwear.
Helen Kirkum is an Artist and Designer based in East London, founding the studio in 2017 to create and showcase her reworking of discarded and recycled sneakers, the craftsmanship of handmade footwear, with an emphasis of human agency and stories. The sneakers become wearable collages that fuse the process of wearing and making, challenging our visions of materiality and newness, to create something we recognise but which we are not used to seeing.
Timberland - Construct 10061
Takashi Murakami, Complex Con - Sneakers for Breakfast
Nike - Ekin
SwissSneaks - MUDAC museum
Sneaker Collage, 2019 - Designs for different futures, Philidelphia Museum of Art (2019-2020)
Sneaker Collab, 2019 - SwissSneaks Sneaker Collab Exhibition, MUDAC Museum of contemporary art, Lausanne, (2019-2020)
XT37, TX65 Masters collection sneakers, 2016 - Vogue Talent 10 Year anniversary Exhibition, 2019
Takashi Murakami Complex Con Costume sneakers, 2018 - Murakami vs Murakami, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, 2019