Saturday, November 8, 2008

A Garden of Shoes and The 1960s Psychadelic Mod Fashion Plate


I keep everything. I have broken dishes, an entire couture collection of single shoes, (Belle, my mastiff-laborador, having chewed the other mate--most recently a pair of handmade snakeskin Italian leather pumps that I picked up at a thrift shop in London years ago. Alas.) almost every single piece of correspondence that I have ever received, and boxes upon boxes of clothing.

I have it in my head that someday I will create some sort of art from my history. Most likely these treasures will remain in my attic, sit in my basement and wait to be moved to their next domicile.

My imagination can actually see the beauty I could create. The broken dishes to be made into a Gaudi style backyard bench, the clothing resewn into gorgeous new frocks, and all those poor single shoes? I once saw a famous garden where old purses were bronzed and placed about. I liked the way it looked. Could definitely do the same with the shoes. Especially my old cowboy boots.

This week I went through my art studio looking for inspiration. I always joke that my workshop looks as if it was hit by a natural disaster. People don't quite believe that until they see it. It's quite amazing, actually. Utter chaos. I love it.

So I am sifting through boxes and drawers and find a linoleum block/woodcutting kit bought about ten years prior. Thought I would give it a go. I found that I truly enjoyed carving the blocks with my various Art Deco inspired images, retro fashion plates and an Art Nouveau inspired nature scene as well. And I enjoyed the printing itself. A new found medium.

Pictured is my 1960s Mod Psychadelic Fashion Plate. A limited edition, signed and numbered linocut print, she is available in my Etsy shop.

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9 comments:

heidi said...

Cara, there is so much strength in your work and your style... it holds up through all these mediums, and still looks gorgeous.

Bonbon Oiseau said...

i love it...the colors and the little outline of the shoes...your work is so beautiful!

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

This turned out so well!

I'm such a shoe addict. I also, keep them all, and have so many that they line the walls in the living room like art. There's not enough room in the closets to house them. Luckily that cat shows no interest in gnawing on them...

A World in a PAN said...

You're so creative!

cindy : quaint said...

i can only imagine the treasures you will find. the mod fashion plate is oh so mod ;)!

Christopher And Tia said...

The Christopher half of us is the same way. He'd keep everything if he could. Luckily hes got me to to keep us from swimming in broken plates and single shoes <3 Because unlike your treasures, I don't think his junk could ever pass for artwork, haha.

Mary-Laure said...

Blue, red and white... very election week!

edward and lilly said...

She is just gorgeous!

Cakespy said...

This one is very cool. The palette is perfect!