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Eliza Axelson-Chidsey

MA work

 As one of the first materials man physically and chemically manipulated, leather is a potent bridge between the natural world and human systems. Traditional tannages evolved through trial and error with local skins and resources, resulting in different properties for each region. In contrast, contemporary products are the result of a global economy drawing on the latest technology, cheapest labor and most accessible materials. This project is an investigation into the relationship between our objects and the world we inhabit, the value of the local, the richness of the global, and interdependence.


  • Axelson-Chidsey profile
  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Products, 2014


    Platform 15

  • Degrees

  • BFA Product Design, Parsons School of Art and Design, New York, USA, 2006; BA Liberal Arts, Eugene Lang College, 2006
  • Experience

  • Footwear designer, 7B shoes, New York, 2012; Footwear designer, Sigerson Morrison, New York, 2006-11