During these two years, after creating “Year of the Dragon” and “Year of the Snake” editions, this year’s theme is “Year of the Horse”, which was inspired by the war-horse in ancient China.
It incorporates the techniques used in my previous designs, and I also integrated the leather carving technique that I taught myself in 2013. The sneaker showcases the combination of leather carving technique with pyrography.
The leather cover and sneakers are fused together in one. From measuring and drawing the template to leather cutting, from countless carving to hand-sewing every stitch, even oiling the leather and hand coloring over and over again; each step bore a new effort and different emotion.
The leather armor has the Chinese character “Horse” carved on the middle of the toe cap with “Jia Wu” and “2014” on the sides. The Eight Diagrams symbol that corresponds to character “Wu” was set as the stitching form to connect all nine red colored “Herringbone Armor” pieces. The sneaker itself has a shiny gold coat with mane patterns crated by pyrography on both sides of the shoe. The shoelaces and Velcro are used to securely fasten the leather armor and the sneaker together. The “Horse” character and ZJ DESIGN Logo have been carved on both sides of the tongue label; with the ZJ DESIGN Logo square version placed in the insole as well.