Stitching It Real – all about shoes


all about shoes

This month I’m bringing you some shoes. I feel like footwear is a very rewarding object of interest. You can show it in so many ways. From heavy, voluminous military boots to subtle and delicate high heels. Below you can see how several artists coped with this topic.

I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do!

OLEK

Agata Oleksiak known as Olek, is a Polish artist who is based in New York City. Her works include sculptures, installations such as crocheted bicycles, inflatables, performance pieces, and fiber art. She has covered buildings, sculptures, people, and an apartment with crochet.

all about shoes

”I think crochet, the way I create it, is a metaphor for the complexity and interconnectedness of our body and its systems and psychology. The connections are stronger as one fabric as opposed to separate strands, but, if you cut one, the whole thing will fall apart. Relationships are complex and greatly vary situation to situation. They are developmental journeys of growth, and transformation. Time passes, great distances are surpassed and the fabric which individuals are composed of compiles and unravels simultaneously.”

ULLA-STINA WIKANDER

Ulla-Stina Wikander is currently living in Sweden and has been working as an artist since 1986. She combines the retired objects with historical cross-stitch patterns.

”For more then 10 years I have collected cross stitch embroidery and today I have a big collection with over 100 different designs. These embroideries have been made by women and is often seen as kitch and regarded pretty worthless. I have mixed feelings for them but sometimes they are very beautiful and I want to bring them back to life.”- says the artist.

LONDON KAYE

London Kaye is a street artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her unique use of crochet to create art pieces made entirely of yarn has brought smiles to communities around the world.

”After graduating London realized that her love for crochet, and unexpected joy, came together harmoniously when she began using crochet to interact with the environment and surrounding community. She began installing art daily on the streets of Brooklyn and New York City. Quickly her work became easily recognizable by her community’s people and businesses.”- says the artist.

From my perspective…

Thank you for reading!

Alicja Kozłowska

Alicja Kozlowska, born in Warsaw, creates and lives in Poland. Fascinated with Pop Art from an early age, deals with textile art. She creates 3d embroidered felt sculptures of everyday objects drawing inspiration from the reality that surrounds us, consumerism and everyday objects. She is a member of the S.E.W. association. Her passion is broadly understood textile art and handicraft. Starting from crochet, through embroidery, fashion, accessories and ending with artquilt. Her performances created in public places shows the coherence of art with mass production and consumerism. She draws inspiration from everyday life, trying to popularize Fiber Art and embroidery.

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