Ever seen a single, lonely shoe in a gutter and wonder how it got there? who it belonged to? How it became lost?
Well, I don’t have the answer to these questions but today sees the opening of Lost Soles: an exhibition at the London Design Festival that is inspired by abandoned shoes. And it features a shoe that they asked me to customise!
It started as this boring faux leather brogue (sorry New Look!) but that’s basically a blank canvas to have fun with! I knew I wanted to hand-paint some animal print, so I started by painting panels with acrylic paint that I could then turn into leopard, tiger and zebra.
However, I was painting this between trips to Bestival and given that the theme was ‘HMS Bestival’, I couldn’t resist adding in a Breton stripe once I’d finished the leopard. One of my favourite print clashes!
If you’re in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden, London from today until the 22nd, do pop into 38 Earlham Street and have a look. I’m hoping to steal half an hour from London fashion week to go myself today. There’s more information here.