armorial amour paper shoe no. 7

Well todays effort was extremely testing of my patience……….  managed to make a heel, not as graceful as I would like but it looks good.  Shoe is made of hand printed tissue paper from my own  toile erotique collection, black paper,  together with its own coat of arms…………….  What am I going to do with them, any ideas!   these are meant to be just trials, but they are becoming very detailed and have a life all of their own…………..shoe no. 7 IMG_2750_2shoe 7.5 IMG_2752Shoe no.7.2IMG_2770shoe no.7.3.IMG_2762_2Shoe no.7.4IMG_2773_2shoe no.7 toile erotique backgroundshoe no. 7 toile etotique 2.IMG_2791

a day in the country

a beautiful sunny day spent in the sussex countryside with my daughter Kirsty.  A creative day spent painting birdcages!! for another IDC project, lunch with home grown veg, french beans, courgettes and sunshine yellow and deep red cherry tomatoes, yummy.  Then of for a long walk over the fields, back through the churchyard in time for tea.  Another happy memory to store away!!

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lunch on Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

toile d’erotique v2

Toile d’erotique, blue repeating pattern, shoe ruffles, paper dress, paper scultpture, rows and rows and rows. one image repeated back to back and then flipped vertically to form this geometric pattern.  I love the way the initial image take on a totally differentt meaning.

toile erotique carolean blue copy

this detail shows how the four images are repeated to form this lozenge shape

toile erotique carolean blue detail

Rose d’amour – paper shoe no.6

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Red preserved petals, toile, intamacy, unfurling, sensitivity, fragile, vulnerable.  All handmade in paper, shoe lining taken from 18th century erotic etchings to make my own toile, preserved flower petals. Gold dresdon paper edging

somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond

any experience, your eyes have their silence:

in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,

or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look will easily unclose me

though i have closed myself as fingers,

you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens

(touching skilfully, mysteriously) her first rose

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my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,

as when the heart of this flower imagines

the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals

the power of your intense fragility: whose texture

compels me with the color of its countries,

rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes and opens;

only something in me understands

the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)

nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

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The “Dada” paper shoe” no. 5

Todays shoe was inspired by dear friend Analu in Rio.  Her Dada workshop produced so many colourful images on flickr that when I started working with crepe paper I just had to dedicate this shoe to her.  THANKYOU ANALU!!

I cut strips of crepe paper and “twirled ” into long spirals, then glued them onto the shoe upper shape.  After finalising the pattern I then completed glueing the upper to the sole………..  Cannot wait to produce shoe no.6 … what to do with them all I ask myself

Flickr: Your Photostream.

shoe no.3 apricot

IMG_2702this is in its original colour.  Made with Gloria Doublette Crepe Paper, quite thick and different colour each side.   It comes in more subtle colours but only managed to get it in rather garish colours in the uk.  Its from Germany and cant seem to find a german website that sells it, I can see the shade card but thats all.  I used white paper to cut our the sole, upper and heel part, then covered with crepe paper, frill I just folded and glued, same with rosettes.   The shoe part is coming along, getting better on each one, but the heels posing problems, anyone out there made heels who is willing to share?

colour……… not sure

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Colour, working with colour I find difficult in a paper context………..  to me white on white is magical, ethereal, ghost like.  Its simple but has great strength, its architectural,  its my choice for paper work, feels more structural, captures the essence and feels like a design and not just decoration.

However I thought I would try colour and try crepe paper……………  I enjoyed cutting and crimping, progressing from the photocopy paper prototype of last week.   However, it feels frivolous, decorative, like icing a cake and not the same as working in white

What does this mean?  its something very powerful, brings up many emotions, something I want to explore over the coming weeks.

fragile, delicate, fit for a princess

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Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart: William Wordsworth

 My paper journey swept me off my feet today, literally…………  shoes, delicate, fragile, made of paper.  My first attempt, these are just first prototypes and excited about making more…………….  as I make them I sit patiently, cutting and crimping, folding and shaping, watching my vision become reality.  Its amazing, from a flat piece of white photocopy paper, some love and vision, and hey presto a fairy tale shoe fit for a princess.