Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage, the word “origami” is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin. Today David Bromwel uses the Asian technique to replicate the staples of streetwear culture. His Instagram showcases his creations that include, Comme des Garçons, Nike, Supreme, Adidas, Bape and more. We were fortunate enough to get in contact with David, to find out more behind the Kick Artist.
How long have you been creating your sneaker art?
I’ve been doing my hobby for more than three years. During this time I’ve made more than 3,000 pairs of origami sneakers, and other art forms.
Why did you choose this style of art to express yourself?
All my life I’ve loved drawing. I did modelling at University, but even then I still wasn’t involved in sneakers, until I started collecting them, I immediately understood what I needed to do. That’s when my work was born.
How would you define what you create?
Interesting question. My art has its own story. As soon as I started making origami sneakers, I photographed them on my fingers – by the way, what I’m doing now is very different from what I did before. I started with plain paper and a pencil. Everything was drawn by hand.
Gradually, I switched to computer graphics, which greatly simplified the process and shortened the time. So I called my art, “Sneaker Finger”, in part because I took pictures of sneakers on my fingers. But now I’m not just limited to them. There are a lot of other pieces of paper in my collection.
What is your favourite piece you have created?
I don’t have one a my favourite piece, but of the sneakers that I did, it has to be the collaboration of Acronym with Nike – model Presto. It was a very complex and detailed model. Also, I did very steep boxes of collaboration Supreme and Louis Vuitton. In general, I like everything I do. Otherwise, why engage in something, if you do not like it or are not interested in it?
What happens to your art pieces once you’re finished?
Me? Finish? Never. Even if this happens, it certainly will not happen in the next 20 years. I really enjoy watching the progress in creating sneakers, new design and technology. It’s nice to see that the sneaker industry does not stand still but also participate in it. And what will happen to everything I do? I hope I will pass on everything to my child, including my skilful hands. Ha ha
Is there anything you are looking forward to creating in the future?
Now I am doing everything for my development in this regard. You know, this hobby turns into work. It’s very nice to see orders from famous people, comments and even just likes. Its very pleasing when your work is appreciated. In the future, I’m waiting for new ideas, new technologies, and even a new me. I go to the future with time, and I am glad to show you what you like.