When this gorgeous red cloth book with glided edging on each of the pages landed in my mailbox, I grabbed a cup of tea and flipped though page after page of inspiration. Art & Sole author Jane Gershon Weitzman, wife of Stuart Weitzman, put together this portfolio of images that is shoe candy at it’s very best.
“To my husband, Stuart, whose love of shoes is infectious.”
Jane has been instrumental in the Stuart Weitzman brand – at one time or another looking after PR, events, store openings, advertisements and store window displays. When she was overseeing the window displays in the mid-1990s she would feature fantasy shoes made by an array of artists worldwide. She spent a large amount of time looking for talented artists who would make shoes out of unexpected materials and who would push the creative envelope.
The shoes that she has selected to include in Art & Sole represent the best of more than a thousand that have appeared in the Stuart Weitzman stores over the years.
As someone who is a self proclaimed shoe whore and creative gal who has a love for window displays, this book couldn’t be more up my alley. I’m excited to share a few sneak peeks of it with you!
Artist: Joan McClutchy De Vidargas
Works in bronze and combines a lifelong obsession with shoes and twenty years of experience in the fashion industry to create bronze footwear.
Artist: Jane Carroll
A floral designer and event planner, Jane constructed this shoe out of burgundy dahlias with hocus pocus roses and dusty miller leaves.
Artist: Sharon Von Senden
This piece has been constructed of stained glass, Swarovski crystals and vintage stones.
Artist: Linda Leviton
Linda is wire sculpturer and created this piece from coated and bare copper wire.
Artist: Keith Winchester
This piece is constructed of armature wire, silk, resin and beads.
Artist: Robert Tabor
With a background in graphics, costume design and window displays, Robert constructed this piece out of acrylic, fabric, metal and crystals.
Artist: Firoozeh Bowden
Fashion designer and metal worker, Firoozeh constructed these pieces from perforated steel, metal mesh, copper, nickel, silver, brass, beads, semiprecious stones, wood, rubber, glass and paint.