Designer Limelight: Fifi

At MESH01 we want to begin to highlight some of our recent winners, and introduce the community to our fellow designers.  I recently had the chance to catch up with Fifi the winner of the “Ariaprene Green” Accessory Design Challenge.

First of all, congratulations on first place in the “Ariaprene Green” Accessory Design Challenge.  How did you learn about MESH01?

I found the link by searching “Sports Design Competitions”. I searched for this, as it’s an area of design I am hugely passionate for and inspired by. I wanted to show my interest in this industry by extending my portfolio within it. Luckily for me Mesh01 popped up on the search and it was just what I was looking for :)

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NOOKA X MESH01 Design Competition

NOOKA is proud to partner with MESH01 to create a competition exploring what new expressions the form of a time keeping device can take. NOOKA pushes the boundaries of watch design and thinking by presenting new concepts in visual language, form and function. With the prevalence of time displayed on many devices, the watch has moved more and more into the space of being a pure fashion accessory/status symbol in our society – expressing the personality of the user more than the time function. Competition participants are challenged to create a new form for a time keeping device following the Nookafesto.

The first place winner of this competition will win $2000. The second place winner will receive $500. In addition to cash prizes, both first and second place winners will be awarded NOOKA product packages. This competition will begin September 15th and end October 10th, 2011.

Find out more about the competition at:

Pensole and MESH01 mentioned in The Oregonian daily newspaper

Image by Randy L. Rasmussen, The Oregonian


Recently, the Oregonian daily newspaper featured a fantastic article about D’Wayne Edwards’ Pensole School of Footwear Design.  There is even a mention of MESH01.  The article does a fantastic job giving background to the school’s 3 week immersion program and D’Wayne’s teaching philosophy, “I teach the way you’d learn if you were at a company”.  There is even an bit D’wayne’s own career history from 18 year old file clerk at LA Gear until working for Jordan brand designing shoes for superstars like Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter.  Be sure to check it out here

Day 18: Materials Lecture

June 16, 2011 by – materials lecture — There is no shame in losing.- It is not a shame to be knocked down by other people. The important thing is to ask when you’re being knocked down, “Why am I being knocked down?” If a person can reflect in this way, then there is hope for this person. – Bruce Lee

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Day 15: Creativity has reached new heights

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Packing was the day’s task. All built and some struggled to paint the models who were crack overnight. Only a few days for the presentation and everyone is working hard until the end. The atmosphere is good and you would not believe the class was only 3.5 weeks old. Projects are starting to take shape and the last weeks drawings become reality. It is exciting to see how each shoe comes alive. Creativity has reached new heights and materials are found all over the place. The same can we say about the work we have almost consumed the entire sixth floor.

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Day 14: Last Week at Pensole

June 13, 2011 by Austin Vander Woude

Today was the beginning of our last week here at Pensole, and after D’Wayne gave us the weekend off to enjoy the city everybody came in refreshed and ready to finish strong. We started the day with D’Wayne walking us through what we would be doing for the rest of the week. He also detailed what would be expected of us for our final presentation. By Friday we need to complete a full-size lateral rendering of our shoe, a clay model, and a prototype of our packaging among other things. D’Wayne said it would test our time management skills, so after that everybody got straight to work.

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Day 11: Halfway Through PENSOLE

Tuesday June 7, 2011 by Eric Wada

We are a little past the halfway point in the class, and today we re-capped what we learned about in the class so far. On the first day, D’Wayne made a list of the topics we wanted to cover in the class, and we have already gone over most of the topics. The main things we covered were how to properly draw sneakers, how shoes are made, and the corporate world of footwear design.

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Day 10: Today’s Activity: Critique Our Peers Design

Monday, June 6, 2011

Quote of the Day: “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee

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