Winner 2021 / Special Awards / ARTISTIC FOOTWEAR




  • University
    D'academie Beeld Sint-niklaas
  • Lead Designer
    Annelies Wouters
  • Design Team
    Annelies Wouters
  • Prize
  • Expertise

"Shoe Be Or Not": about myself and my deep feelings, intense emotions, unmet needs, utopian desires,... expressed in a Pop Art theme with bright fresh colors and a nonconformist character.

Female ankle boot made of (perforated) leather, lasercutted foam, paracord, zipper, wood, engraved outer sole.

-Identity crisis: Who am I?
-Struggling with myself.
-Highlighting my happy superficial and dark inner side.
-Referencing to broken dreams.
Based on Roy lichtenstein (dots, stripes, decomposition of faces) with non-conformist (opposite) use of colors and materials.

I was born with a severe hearing loss and grew up in a hearing world. Hearing loss is an invisible disability with consequences in all areas of life (social, emotional and professional) that triggers a lot of raw emotions in me.
There is always a latent presence of ‘walking on the tip of my toes’ in everyday life and to participate in social activities. I am also extremely dependent on digital technology for functioning and communication.
In addition to sports, creative activities are for me an outlet to get closer to myself and continue to shape those difficult emotions.

Other prizes
GFA 2020: Silver GFA 2020: Bronze (3x)