Dr Naomi Braithwaite is a Senior Lecturer in Fashion Marketing and Branding at Nottingham Trent University. Her research expertise spans shoes, fashion, image and identity, consumer behaviour, material culture, design and visual culture. A chapter by Naomi titled Case Studies in Creativity is featured in the V&A’s publication Shoes: Pleasure and Pain.
Naomi’s current research project Shoe and Tell is a celebration of teenage identity. The footwear choices of teenagers in Nottingham, aged 15-19, is the focal point of understanding the transition of identity, from childhood towards adulthood. The research uses creative workshops to explore the role of shoes in interpreting how teenagers negotiate identity through everyday life.
An exhibition of the research was part of the Being Human Festival 2017, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, 17 – 25 November 2017. The exhibition ran at Nottingham Writers’ Studio from November 23 – November 25, 2017.