Artur Gosk - Bast shoes
The source of the idea are hand-woven bast shoes, made of bast or young trees` bark. The main inspiration was sparterie technique, used in the manufacture of simple shoes.
Arthur Gosk`s modification is a differentiation of weave and sewing methods, by using contemporary, available materials characterized by a high degree of resistance to abrasion.
The final product is the footwear that user can make by himself/herself. Designer uses cross weave, similar to spraterie technique, used for weaving bast shoes. User can make this weave by himself/herself, personalizing the product and being involved in its creation.
Original Bast Shoes (made of bast) – the collection of PME, the Basic Economy and Craft Storehouse.
Bast shoes were made of tapes, lime-tree, elm, grey willow bark etc. They were used in Great Russia, Belarus, north-west part of Ukraine and Poland. The ease of obtaining raw material and simple technique of creating bast shoes made them very cheap. But they were also unstable, worn and made by poorer people. Bast shoes completely disappeared after Second World War. They are part of Biłgoraj, Podlasie-Bug, Bug and Polesie (Belarus, Ukraine) and Kobryn (Belarus) costume.