International shoe designer to exhibit work in Northampton

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An exhibition showcasing innovative and intriguing work by international shoe designer, Kobi Levi, will go on display at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery.

Titled ‘Kobi and the Playful World of Shoes’, the exhibition will be the first major showing in the UK, highlighting Kobi’s designs that challenge the conventional definitions of design, art and fashion, and also explore the genre of ‘extreme footwear’.

Kobi began his career as a footwear designer in 2001, after graduating from Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, in Jerusalem. And in 2010 his shoes became an internet hit, catching the attention of shoe lovers and celebrities, such as Lady Gaga, who wore the Double Boot design in her Born this Way music video.

The exhibition will feature hand crafted shoes designed as animals, bananas and even coffee pots, exploring how everyday items can be transformed into stylish and funny creations that can be worn or admired as art.

Cllr Brandon Eldred, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for community engagement, said: “We’re delighted to host Kobi’s first major exhibition in the UK and with Northampton being the shoemaking capital of England, Northampton Museum & Art Gallery is the perfect venue for it.

“And with the museum expansion plans put in place, we hope to feature even more upcoming designers to complement our world renowned shoe collection on display.”

Kobi Levi, said: “I have been showing my work for 16 years and this is my biggest exhibition so far. I’m very excited and honoured to hold it in Northampton as it is a place with great shoe making tradition and history.

“This exhibition will show how new design can be fused with traditional hand making skills and will also emphasise the artistic approach to design as well as craftsmanship.”

‘Kobi and the Playful World of Shoes’ will be on display from May 24 until July 20. Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday and bank holiday Monday 12pm to 5pm. Admission is free.