At the corner of fashion and technology, you'll find Ganit Goldstein
The young designer is starting to turn heads for her innovative use of 3D printing to design shoes.
The intersection of fashion and technology is a magical place for Ganit Goldstein. It's there that the 26-year-old Israeli has found her niche: incorporating the futuristic world of 3D printing with the ancient art of weaving.
Goldstein, a graduate of Israel's prestigious Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, has recently partnered with leading Israeli 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys. She's designing a collection of footwear inspired by the Japanese Ikat weaving technique, which she learned while studying as an exchange student at the Tokyo University of the Arts. The project became a traveling exhibition called "Between the Layers," showcased at venues around the world, including the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Holon Design Museum in Israel, and the Mohawk Gallery in New York City.
It was actually her final project as a student at Bezalel. But although she has graduated, her studying has only begun.
"I figured out that in starting my work with 3D printing, I could do something extreme in the design process, something that no one else is doing," Goldstein told From The Grapevine. "If you can [make shoes] at home, you're really breaking the rules of the industry."
Breaking from the norm is nothing new for Goldstein. She's been sewing as long as she can remember, often making her own clothes. "My friends would always ask me, 'Where did you get your clothes?' When I said I made them, they couldn't believe it."
Her passion for design only grew as she entered college. As major footwear brands like Adidas and Nike begin to experiment with 3D printing, Goldstein saw the potential not only for more efficient, comprehensive manufacturing processes, but also for a more individualized product: a shoe that fits your feet in a way that traditionally manufactured shoes can't, eliminating the need for unnecessary purchases and time-consuming shopping trips.
Over the years, Goldstein's home country of Israel has become a major player in global innovation. It's even being called the next Silicon Valley. So it's only natural that its young up-and-comers would deftly take two of its greatest passions – fashion and technology – and merge them together.
But it's the creativity and ingenuity with which these two passions are merging that makes Israel uniquely suited for its leading spot in the fashion tech space. Case in point: the idea that we all might be 3D-printing our own clothes at home one day.
"The reason I appreciate this world is because the technique opens a lot of possibilities," Goldstein told us. "It allows me to experiment with different materials, different filaments to find out what works best. Bezalel was so great for that because it's an open place that lets you do a lot of experimenting."
And experimenting is just about all she's been doing these days. She recently wrapped up a residency program in Pforzheim, Germany, where she produced another shoe collection. Come September, Goldstein becomes a student again, this time in a multi-venue artist residency program called Re-FREAM. She'll be using her ongoing research in smart textile development to figure out how to one day make her designs wearable, comfortable and commercially available.
It's a nine-month program, fully funded by the European Union, that will take her to Linz, Austria; Valencia, Italy; and Berlin, Germany.
"At the exhibitions and shows I did this year, the same question was always asked: 'Is it wearable?'" Goldstein said. "That's what I'll be focusing on [in the residency]. I feel that footwear is the one place where this kind of technology could really take off, and I want to be the one to get it there."
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