Friday, June 11, 2010
what I'm reading this week
Of course I'm still here.
You didn't think that a pesky permanent job was going to keep me from blogging, did you? Or crafting for that matter?
There's no way I could stay sane without my craft... so NO plans on giving that away... EVER!
This week I've been reading through a fascinating book on altered shoes. Now, I'm not sure that it is really my 'thing' but the recycling aspect of taking an old pair of shoes and turning them into a new and inspired piece of art really appealed to me.
But I don't know if I would ever wear them.
Mind you, it looks like a fun experiment anyway.
Basically, it just seems to be 'cut and paste' for shoes. Using fabric, paper, paint, ribbon... whatever.
Altered Shoes by Marty Stevens-Heebner
click here for the website
Some shoes in the book have been decorated with photos. The idea was to commemorate a trip to Africa, so photos and other memoribilia were used in the process.
Unusual, but quirky - and very personal...
There's loads of clear step-by-step photographs to guide you along the way... and I love the 'tips, tricks and crazy things to try' sections which the author has scattered throughout the book.
An interesting book to flick through - but I don't know if I'll be altering shoes any time soon. In fact, I'm starting to wonder if the quote on the front of the book was what really drew me to it. See on the toe of the main shoe pictured?
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life - Picaso
What do you think? Does it?