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Tabitha Ringwood

MA work


Evocative materials and the emotional interaction within an object-to-person relationship is prominent within my practice. My material process allows me to appreciate tradition, artistry and craftsmanship through the art of knotting, hand stitching, finishing and traditional shoe making techniques alongside unexpected, unconventional material combinations within shoe making. This provides a space for an uplifting, playful narrative to form within my footwear design, to create pieces that are to be treasured. Investigating the relationships that forms between our feet and our shoes, guided by the sense of touch, my work binds together all of these entities to create sensual, tactile shoes that are immersive and experiential.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Fashion Womenswear, 2018



  • I have recently been told that I have a foot fetish! Focusing on the feet and our interaction with them, I am heavily influenced by my experiences within bespoke shoe making, as well as my background in commercial design. I am continuously inspired by the talented crafts people around me: the shoemakers and designers I have so far been privileged enough to work with, my Grandfather who was incredibly skilled with his hands, my talented friends… my family, who’s endless thoughts and conversations continuously enthrall and inspire me. I love designing footwear that makes you feel.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Footwear Design, DeMontfort University, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • Diamond Jubilee, Harrods, London, 2012; RCA Footwear Accessories & Millinery Work in Progress Show, London, 2017; Cat Without a Walk, RCA Fashion Show, London, 2018
  • Awards

  • Finalist, Drapers Footwear Student of the Year, 2018; Finalist, 100% Optical Eyewear, 2016; Finalist, Pattern Cutters Guild Bespoke Shoe Making, 2011; Winner, The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers Outstanding Academic Performance, 2010
  • Conferences

  • Publications

  • Curating Emotion: Can we choose to objectively study objects? (Masters Thesis) 2017