Shoes – Co- Production

Through the process of this PhD so far I have always been interested in Co-Production.  I never really thought how this could be integrated as such, however since building relationships, I’d like to say friendships with the majority of the people I have interviewed, who I did not know before the process, I have, on several occasions felt strongly about contacting them to let them know how the work is progressing.

This week I met up with my brass shoe participant!  We had such a lovely chat and again like 3 other participants I’ve met up with, it was more of a friendship meet up and not just for ‘work’.  I did however take along what I have been making, in this case the moulds of the shoes and told her the idea of creating a ‘memory bubble’ as that’s how her story came across and she has them on the kitchen window so she can see them every morning.  It was funny actually, as when we first did the initial interview, she mentioned that her Grandma had always had days a week in which she would clean the brass, spreading out newspaper, but she never really had.  She laughed and said she’d actually cleaned them!  I thought that was great that she’d started to interact with the object again and like me when I was moulding the same shoes, I wonder if she’d thought of the story she had told and her Grandma.

Anyway, what I wanted to say was as I was talking her through my ideas, she said it would work well hanging in a window and catching the light as that’s how I always try and show people the space that the object has left in my casts.  I had not even thought of that idea, but I totally agreed that it would look fantastic hanging with natural light coming through the piece.  I am going to make sure when I have the frame made that I can attach a hook to the top in order to hang it.  It seems to show Co Production happening in real life!



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