Helen Kirkum Studio creates bespoke handmade sneakers by reworking discarded components. Embracing worn and handmade aesthetics creating unique collaged pieces.
Helen Kirkum is an Artist and Designer based in East London. Kirkum’s work embodies hacking and reworking of discarded and recycled sneakers, the craftsmanship of handmade footwear, and the emphasis of human agency and stories, creating wearable couture collages from discarded sneakers. Kirkum is a pioneer of the hacking, reworn and patchwork aesthetic within the sneaker Industry.
Timberland - Construct 10061
Takashi Murakami, Complex Con - Sneakers for Breakfast
Nike - Ekin
SwissSneaks - MUDAC museum
RCA Ma collection - Playground, The Design des Sneakers, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux (2020-2021)
Sneaker Collage, 2019 - Designs for different futures, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2020-2021)
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