Malika Green holds a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 3D design, a graduate of May, 2009. She completed her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she focused on fiber and footwear design. Malika's passion is designing shoes. Her work is often about beauty, imperfections and humor. She is constantly pushing the boundaries of what can be done with footwear, using traditional materials to make innovative designs with the goal of making beautiful, thoughtful women's footwear.
From a young age she has had a passion for footwear. She took her first footwear design workshop with footwear artist Gaza Bowen and fiber artist Jean Cacicedo, at Penland School of Crafts, in Penland, North Carolina. Malika has participated in art exhibitions throughout the U.S. and in Prague, Czech Republic. For 2 years she belonged to an artist collective called “Brooklyn Collective” in Red Hook, where she participated in ongoing exhibitions. Malika has collaborated with several dancers where they danced in her special shoe sculptures. In one form or another she has been designing and making handmade shoes for the past 9 years. Malika has completed footwear design internships with Lisa Nading and the Frye Boot Company. She has also taught several handmade footwear design workshops where she lead her students through the process of creating a pair of shoes from their original ideas. Topics in the workshops included pumps, boots, and sandals.
Malika's work has many parallels to surrealist themes. Like the surrealists, she emphasizes the interplay between the real and the imagined, the conscious and the unconscious, the body and the mind. Shoes may be familiar, common objects, but she dreams of reshaping them into metaphors, shifting their identity and meaning.
Malika lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and baby daughter Lia. For more information about Malika's work go to malikagreen.com.