EVERyone's heard of a dragon @ craft victoria | 2023

Created for the Everyone's Heard of a Dragon exhibition at Craft Victoria.

local timbers, silicone, cast aluminium, vegetable tanned leather, glass, enamel paint

(Aluminium Casting by Koba Mundii)

Curated by Bobby Corica + James Lemon.

Alien boots for Matthew Buxton Lewis @ MFW | 2023

Matea recreated a version of her Alien Boots for Matthew Buxton Lewis using natural denims from his graduate runway show.

johnnie walker | 2023

Matea Gluscevic was commissioned by Leo Burnett on behalf of the AFLW and Johnnie Walker, to work on a project that celebrates the progress made in women's sport. Matea's role was to design and handcraft five pairs of new footy boots, each made from the boots of past icons of the women's AFL. 

The boots are being gifted to current trailblazers Chloe Dalton, Emily Bates, Ally Anderson, and Ashleigh Brazill - to represent the resilience, courage and bravery of the women who have walked before them. 

"Johnnie Walker is committed to continuing its support of the trailblazers who push for progress every day by partnering with those who took bold strides and those who will continue striding to push Australia forward. These boots are a homage to the 150 years that it took for a women's footy competition to be established and a celebration of the eighth AFLW season." - Jodi McLeod, Johnnie Walker Marketing Manager.

Agency: Leo Burnett | Client: Diageo, Johnnie Walker | Production: Good Oil Films | Director: Renee Mao | Creatives: Stacey Karayannis & Rosie Stone, Tim Woolford & Tommy Cehak | Executive Producer: Justine Dooner

NICOL & FORD @ Australian fashion week | 2023

Matea designed and handcrafted 25 pairs of shoes for the Nicol & Ford runway at Australian Fashion Week 2022.


Custom versions of the Alien aesthetic.

ALIen heels | 2022

The first iteration of the Alien Heels. Inspired by Matea's early teen influences Abe's Odyssey and other games. Hand sculpted heel, leather upper and lining, leather snake tongue sole.

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The Powerhouse Museum [Sydney] acquired 7 pairs of shoes that Matea designed and created for the Nicol & Ford 2022 Runway.

MEDIEVal bridal platforms | 2022

The first iteration of the spike platform shape. These were created to be suggestive of a shoe being a bride, with the pink veil concealing the "face" aka the feet.

NICOL & FORD @ australian fashion week | 2022

Matea designed and handcrafted 22 pairs of shoes for the Nicol & Ford runway at Australian Fashion Week 2022. Made from vintage silks and brocades, handmade wooden platforms and sculpted vegetable tanned leathers.

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"not paper heels" | 2020-22

Originally created as part of Matea's 2020 Spring Collection - the Not Paper leather heels are made from natural pine and a vegetable tanned kangaroo leather, manipulated to appear like scrunched up paper. Recreated later in 2022 in a gradient blue and purple leather effect.

This style was also modified with gold detailing and featured on the Nicol & Ford 2022 runway.


Vegetable tanned leather shoes, constructed in such a way that the soles can be tied together to create a two section bag. The ankle straps convert to shoulder straps.

Matea gluscevic - RESORT COLLECTION | 2021

This collection was inspired by a bunch of mysterious things within Matea as well as her experiences camping in outback australia as a child, being a teen in the 90s obsessed with surf brands, her croatian background and friendship.

Featuring a range of handmade items - towel coats, leather and timber bags, shoes, earrings, bikini tops, hats and skirts - made from sustainable materials such as 100% recycled cotton, biodegradable veg tan kangaroo leather and 70% bio content resin. These items have been created to embody a sense of strong individuality, freedom and connection to the environment. With a focus on engaging textures, tactile experiences, feverish colour palettes and practicality.

Each item was carefully handcrafted by Matea Gluscevic.

kelp slides | 2020

Matea's first experiments with dyeing, and wet forming leather. Created to imitate kelp seaweed.

Puzzle | 2020

Created for Matea's Spring 2021 range. Handmade from plywood, acrylic and foam.

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Handcarved foam and rubber sole with custom digital print recycled polyester fabric, eucalyptus fibre filling, metallic kangaroo leather detailing and vegetable tanned kangaroo leather lacing.

native flower earrings | 2019

Vegetable tanned leather flower earrings in Pink Eucalypt, Yellow Eucalypt, Sturt Desert Pea and Flannel Flower.


Collage recycled shoes for the Slow Fashion Festival runway.

sl0w fashion festival adelaide | 2018

7 pairs of sculptural slides for the Slow Fashion Festival runway.

*** more past sculptural work yet to be updated ***