Shoe Story

shoe storyThese are my prototypes,  my practice run, they were only supposed to be a “rehearsal ” so to show up technicalities and find what worked for me.  However, each shoe “walked” a path, not the one I expected, but one I that has opened a door to my ancestors.   I even made the Guardian on line, and sold some to an advertising agency………….     Why shoes I have been asked?  I wanted to do  a piece of work about the path I have trodden these long and eventful 60 years but my soul seemed to want to go beyond.   My grandmother and my great grandmother are people who have formed who I am today, it was a surprise to find myself scanning and printing images of them for use in shoes, but I knew my grandmother well, she would have loved them,.   Not sure where to go from here, but this is my shoe story to date.

she died so young – shoe no.9

this shoe is for my great grandmother ADA, she died long before I was born at the age of 34.  How sad, she left five beautiful children, one of whom was my grandfather.  The shoe is elegant, as she is in the photograph I have of her taken in St Petersburg, Russia around the turn of the century.  This shoe seems more solid, its the first “complete” shoe, by that I mean it has a heel and and is fully enclosed.  Again I printed  my pattern using Ada’s photograph and printed it onto white tissue paper, everything is handmade in paper.  You can see my collection of hand made paper shoes here http://www.flickr.com/photos/8853574@N03/sets/72157622409764848Shoe no.9 Ada Martha 2 IMG_3046shoe no.9 ada martha 4 IMG_3042shoe no.9 ada martha 5 IMG_3041shoe no.9 Ada martha 3 IMG_3045shoe no.9 ada martha 6 IMG_3052

Margorie Rose Memories – paper shoe no. 8

Marjorie  Rose was my grandmother

an amazing woman who passed on her gift of creativity to me.  Shoe no.8 is dedicated to her memory.  Handmade in paper and tissue printed with images of my grandmother as a young child.  Have so many happy memories of her, a fantastic cook, made absoloutely everything from her clothes to summer and winter soft furnishings.  Made clothes for me as a child and always an identical dress or coat for my doll.  Wedding dresses, wedding cakes, christmas cakes and puddings, christmas crackers, tree decorations,  surreal savoury birthday parties for me to curried eggs and pineapple upside down cake.  She was a treasure, died back in 1987 and buried locally.

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