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MICA's Fiber Department, J SHOES Team Up for Half-Pair Contest

Collaboration between college, international shoe brand transforms footwear

Posted 05.06.09 by MICA Media Relations

MICA students select shoes.

BALTIMORE--J SHOES, an international footwear brand with U.S. headquarters in Owings Mills, Md., has collaborated with MICA fiber students for its second annual Half-Pair Contest. Students re-purposed single shoes (half-pairs) and transformed them into new objects. Their creative concepts will be exhibited at a public reception Wednesday, May 6 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at XS, 1301 Charles St. in Baltimore. They will then be displayed by J SHOES at industry trade shows, including Project New York and Project Vegas.

Last year's winner, Sam Shea, took five single shoes and created a horse mask using only materials from the shoes and glue. Other transformed pieces included a traveler set with a canteen, cup made from a boot heel and a bag, pair of goggles, women's jacket, masks, hats, gloves, purse, planner, and mittens.

This year, students were asked to transform shoes into uplifting pieces, with the recession in mind.

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Image credit: MICA fiber students selected single pairs of shoes from J SHOES to create new objects (courtesy J SHOES).

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.