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October 05, 2011  | by: Martha Adjei

Mark O Brien's Cardboard Shoes

Earlier this week, Ecouterre was gushing over photos of Mark O Brien’s cardboard creations. Mark O Brien, a trained graphic designer who works near Manchester, England, models shoes out of cardboard because the shapes are humorous, fun, and recognizable to everyone.

O’Brien also tells Ecouterre that cardboard inspires him to make the shoes he loves, but could never afford. “One of the strengths of using cardboard is that it’s accessible and familiar to everyone,” Mark told Ecouterre.  O’Brien has an online portfolio where you can see the rest of his work. Not only does he make shoes, he has cameras, instruments, and even a knight in shining armor — all made out of cardboard.

O’Brien’s message of creativity and sustainability is truly inspiring. I can’t help but admire the details and colors in Mark’s work. The shoelaces, the print– everything about them is priceless. If Mark can make masterpieces out of cardboard, what other sustainable choices can designers make? After looking through his portfolio, I’ll never look at a cardboard box the same way again.

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