Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - A set of illustrated shoe cards with an instruction booklet to discover yourself via all types of shoes. Written by Birgit Faschinger-Reitsam and illustrated by Sabine Paul. Learn more about yourself though these cards. A perfect gift for fiends and shoe lovers!
Schuhrakel
Schuhrakel

Shoe cards with tips and recipes for body, mind, soul and feet
Who am I? Answers to this probably most important question of life can be found in philosophy, in cardholders or - in these 44 shoe cards, with unusual shoe illustrations that illuminate all aspects of femininity. Humorous wrapped wisdom opens up new perspectives and encourages you to let go of 'old shoes'. Discover sensuous, feminine and effective ways to face the challenges of everyday life in a surprisingly elegant way. Tips, tricks and secrets for women who no longer want to go over and invite more self-esteem.

In this set of cards you will discover lots of wonderful illustrated shoes from the Virtual Shoe Museum, which were used for inspiration, like: 'Miao' shoes by Kobi Levi, 'Crocheted peeptoe' by Olek, the extreme 'Heels the Feet' by Aoi Kotsuhiroi and the Day°Dreamed by Janine van den Bosch. They illustrate feelings like for example respect & empathy.

The authors, both based in Munich, Germany:

Blogger and author Birgit Faschinger-Reitsam
She grew up in a parental hotel in the center of Munich, where she was able to gain intensive experience by meeting guests from all over the world. After graduating from high school, she studied sociology while at the same time devoting herself to her passion at that time, the oriental belly dance, teaching and performing.
After a detour to the real estate industry, she has been a successful business woman in the area of occupational pensions in the insurance sector since 1989. In addition, Birgit Faschinger-Reitsam has worked intensively with yoga, far eastern fighting and energy techniques, qigong but also with wood sculpting, nude drawing and the topic of femininity. She loves to dance tango with her husband, and through her preoccupation with her foot problems, which forced her into an involuntary tango break, found her calling: to combine body knowledge with her ability to write about it. She is a blogger and author. It was probably her preoccupation with her body and the art that contributed to Birgit Faschinger-Reitsam learning to listen and to see. Things and bodies are not pure matter for them. They tell her stories that she curiously questions and explores, rather than dismissing them as fantasies. Her teacher is the language. Be it the deeper meaning of some simply said phrases, be it the body language or the language of things. All this knowledge has flowed into the suggestions and practical tips on the shoe squeegee cards.

Painter and graphic artist, Sabine Paul
Even at school, her works adorned the walls of the schoolhouse. She had a creative career: after the FOS design and training as a photographer, she moved to the United States to study graphic design at the California College of Art and Craft, SF + Oakland. Back in Munich, she worked in Schwabing in an advertising agency. Until 2009, she led the traditional restaurant, Burg Pilgersheim, for 8 years. By the way, she was an independent graphic designer. In the WIRKSÄTTE, her shop, she devoted herself to textile design. Social involvement is important to her, she supports the art forum HMP with her work and implements creative projects at a middle school with her pupils.
Sabine Paul is a picture creator. When you paint objects on paper and canvas, they do not simply depict, they give things a soul. In doing so she approaches a theme with quickly made sketches. After that, she needs distance, which allows her to question her ideas and find the appropriate technique. Only then will the designs be implemented. At the same time, Sabine Paul does not shy away from rejecting already well-advanced works, and then completing them with a new perspective.

The making of Schuhrakel
Countless shoes first needed to be viewed, photographed, analyzed and selected, until at the end 44 meaningful models, with the right message, were found. Most of the shoes, while held in oil on canvas, have undergone a transformation: they have been fitted with new materials, heels and colors. Sabine's imagination did not stop at feathers, clouds or strawberry-cream biscuits.

Using Schuhrakel
The authors suggest choosing a shoe model that appeals to you and then reading the corresponding description in the companion book. You can use the cards set the way you like it, because in the end it will work out the same way. Because the beauty of such affirmations in connection with a detailed accompanying text is that we automatically feel attracted to the statement that suits us best at the moment. These cards are not Tarot cards: they don't 'predict the future'. Affirmations can help us to enrich our daily flood of thoughts with some valuable, positive thoughts. With fortune-telling or divination, these cards have nothing to do.

Reviews and recommendations
• The participants of my foot lessons had a lot of fun.
• Great source of inspiration!
• I'll take the cards directly to a friend tonight and we'll celebrate together in front of the fireplace with a cheese plate and red wine.
• What a great idea!
• We had an almost philosophical evening thanks to these cards.

Product information
Cards: 44 illustrated shoe cards
Booklet: 108 pages
Publisher: Frauenschuh-Verlag
Language: German
ISBN 10: 9783981923803
ISBN-13: 9783981923803
ASIN: 3981923804
Size : 10.1 x 3.2 x 13.7 cm

You can buy your Schuhrakel here:
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Friday, April 06, 2018 - Discover a new universe; experience a different reality; explore a new way to see the world. Indulge yourself in the otherworldly details in the breathtaking designs of Amber Ambrose Aurèle. Her solo shoe exhibition is on show at the Museu do Calçado, S. João da Madeira in Portugal from April 8 till September 23 2018.
Amber Ambrose Aurèle. Walking in Wonderland
Amber Ambrose Aurèle. Walking in Wonderland

'Sweet things have a strange edge'
Amber Ambrose Aurèle is known for her visually unique work and sky-high heels. Amber explores the boundaries of fashion and art through her Haute Couture shoe designs. She holds an MA in Shoe Design from ArtEZ Arnhem and a MA in Art History from the University of Amsterdam in 2012. Her academic background makes her research process unique and elevates her vision of beauty and design. She has a firm belief her art of shoemaking require interdisciplinary research which explores new fields in every collection. The first to 3D-print metal heels, her creations have a sweet and twisted view that combines fine handwork technique with innovative technology.

After graduating, Amber Ambrose Aurèle established her Amsterdam-based eponymous label AAA. All her shoes are made to order.

Liza Snook/Virtual Shoe Museum about Amber Ambrose Aurèle
I am Liza Snook, a passionate shoe collector and founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum. I work as a curator for museums, image researcher for publishers and as judge at design schools.

Years ago I met Amber, when she graduated from ArtEZ and DHTA in the Netherlands, in 2012. She made a smashing graduation collection with constructed high heels with peacock feathers, themed ‘the garden of Eden’. From that moment I new she was designer to follow.

Amber is a multi talent. She creates stories, mostly fairytales, with her shoe designs, that are always very divers from her former collections.

She is always improving her crafsmenship and experimenting with new materials. Next to her design skills she is a source of inspiration for Dutch and foreign students with her art history lectures. After several successfully completed studies its only waiting for the next level or title she will gain.

We have cooperated in various shoe exhibition projects and Amber always brings lots of good ideas and positive energy. In 2017 we launched our first publication together, ‘No More Shoes’.

Amber Ambrose Aurèle. Walking in Wonderland
April 8 till September 23 2018

Museu do Calçado
Rua Oliveira Júnior, nº 591
3700-204 S. João da Madeira
Portugal

Opening hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday to friday: 09h00 - 12h30 | 14h00 - 18h00
Saturday: 10h00 - 13h00 | 14h00 - 18h00
Sundays and holidays: 10h30 - 12h30 | 14h30 - 18h00

More info about Amber Ambrose Aurèle.

Photo: The garden of Eden by Charlotte Visser.

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - An exhibition of shoes in Art and Design at Schloss Lichtenwalde, near Chemniz in Germany. On show from May 25 2017 extended till February 25 2018. Curated by Liza Snook, passionate shoe collector and founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum and Brigitte Woischnik, founder of the FotoFactory, an agency for photographers, in Munich. The shoes are accompanied by a series of photographs by Volker Hinz, Christin Losta and Olaf Martens, who give an insight 'behind the scenery of the fashion and shoe world.
HIGH HEELS, Die hohe Kunst der Schuhe - extended
HIGH HEELS, Die hohe Kunst der Schuhe - extended

Brigitte Woischnik
She studied fashion at the Meisterschule für Mode in Hamburg. Worked as a modern editor for numerous magazines and photography editor at Seventeen Magazine in New York. She was a fashion manager at the magazine Freundin and PR consultant of a big fashion company. In 1992 she founded the FotoFactory, an agency for photographers, in Munich. Since 2009 she has been a curator of various exhibitions, like the 'SHOEting stars' at the KunstHausWien. As co-curator, she worked on retrospectives of the artists Lillian Bassman/Paul Himmel, Saul Leiter, Ute Mahler, Werner Mahler and Sarah Moon at the House of the Photographie, Deichtorhallen in Hamburg and was co-editor of the respective exhibition catalogs, of which Bassman/Himmel and Saul Leiter were awarded the photobook prize in gold and silver.

Liza Snook
Passionate shoe collector and founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum. Based on this online collection Snook creates, (co)curates and organizes various exhibitions
on the topic of shoes, in art and design, around the worldwide. Such as in the Grassi Museum, Leipzig and the Villa Rot, Ulm (Germany), KunstHausWien, Vienna and Stadtgallerie, Klagenfurt (Austria), Spielzeug Welten Museum, Basel (Switzerland), Dutch Design Week (the Netherlands) and various Malls (UAE & Qatar).
In addition to her work as a collector and curator, Snook scouts shoe talents, judges and gives lectures at design schools.

HIGH HEELS Shoe Facts
• More than 90 shoes are on show in the exhibition, from wearable to creative experimental.
• There are more than 80 international exhibits.
• You can view the 'Footnotes' installations by Anna Vasof and the race cars by Xavier G-Solís.
• Amongs the exhibitors is fashion designer Kermit Tesoro, who has designed sensational shoe creations for Lady Gaga.
• The shoes are accompanied by pictures by the photographers Volker Hinz, Christin Losta and Olaf Martens, who give an insight 'behind the scenery of the fashion and shoe world.
• In the baroque museum park you will find four wooden sculpture shoe - pairs by artist Karen Lakar, produced by Peter Wojtkowiak from Borstendorf.
• During your walk in the park you will also find the oversized air figures of Air Promotion.

Ladies Day!
Every thursday all the ladies (and men) who wear High heels get a free sparkling drink!

Castle/Schloss Lichtenwalde
Schlossallee 1
09577 Niederwiesa
Lichtenwalde
Germany

Open
Castle/Schloss: Tuesday till Sunday.
November - March: 10:00 –17:00

Photo: Love is a Bitch 2 by Joyce de Gruiter, photo by Bas Duijs.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - Shoetopia! The first exhibition of its kind in North America to gather contemporary footwear, art, video and related designs into one space, is curated by Liza Snook, founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum and Aki Choklat, Chair of Fashion Accessories Design at CCS. The exhibition looks at shoe design through the lens of seven themes: Metropolis, Ritual, Utopia, Feast, Nocturnal, Techno and Eco. On show from November 3rd till december 16th 2017 at the Valade Family Gallery, Detroit, USA.
Shoetopia CCS Detroit
Shoetopia CCS Detroit

Shoetopia features an array of objects, from footwear by international designers like Comme des Garçons, Maison Martin Margiela and architect Zaha Hadid, to sculpture, painting and works by artists and designers like Willie Cole, Chris Francis, Fantich & Young, Kobi Levi, Peter Popps and Frederico Uribe.

This exhibition is sponsored by Lisa Applebaum, Nicole Eisenberg, Lynn Gandhi, Danialle Karmanos, The Vivian Pickard Shoe Collection, Sandra Seligman, Julia Reyes Taubman and Molly Valade.

Exhibitions in the Valade Family Gallery are produced by the College for Creative Studies’ Office of Exhibitions & Public Programs and are supported, in part, by Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Kresge Foundation and the Friends of CCS Galleries. Valade Family Gallery, A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, College for Creative Studies, 460 W. Baltimore, Detroit, MI 48202. Free parking available in the CCS Parking Structure located on Baltimore between Cass and Second. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. Like CCS Exhibitions & Public Programs on Facebook: facebook.com/ccsexhibitionsandpublicprograms and CCS Exhibitions on Instagram: instagram.com/ccs_exhibitions to stay informed about all the exhibitions, lectures and special events throughout the year.

The Future of Footwear - Panel discussion:
Thursday, November 2 2017
6 P.M.
GM Auditorium, A. Alfred Taubman Center
for Design Education, CCS
The Toyota Lecture Series and the Woodward Lecture Series

Shoetopia - Opening reception
Friday, November 3 2017
6 to 8 P.M.

Shoetopia / Valade Family Gallery
Located on the first floor of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, presents exhibitions for and with students, faculty, CCS alumni and the community of Detroit on topics relevant to contemporary art and design practice today. Its focus is to establish educational linkages between the College and the community, and to provide a space for exhibitions that advance and support the academic departments of CCS.

460 W. Baltimore, Detroit, MI 48202

Gallery hours
Wednesday - Saturday 12 to 5 P.M.

Free parking available in the CCS Parking Structure located on Baltimore between Cass and Second.

College for Creative Studies

Monday, June 12, 2017 - On Saturday, June 17th, the Fashion and Shoe Designing Academy of Fine Arts Department of Sint-Niklaas presents it's annual sensational and spectacular fashion show for the 20th time and the shoe show for the sixth time. For this presentation the Techniekhuis will be transformed into a show location.
June 17th Shoe, Jewelry and Fashion design show by SASK
June 17th Shoe, Jewelry and Fashion design show by SASK

The fashion and shoe designs of part-time education in Sint-Niklaas, Fashion Design department: led by Ellen Monstrey and assisted by Maureen Declercq and Rey Pador. And shoe design by Anne Poesen & Hans De Clercq has manifested itself for many years as a professional and very inspiring department looking far beyond the borders of Sint-Niklaas. What makes this program so special is that it is a part-time education program. The students combine this training with other part-time studies or with their full time or part time jobs. Motivation and enthusiasm is the driving force. For some people it means finally realizing their childhood dream. It requires huge commitment and only who is passionate enough gets to the finish line. Because the program sets its goals very, academic, high.

Focus on both fashion and shoe design on the design, structure, craft, form study , chart and study of historical and ethnic costumes. The programs of both directions are similar and personal vision and authenticity are encouraged from the first year.

The Shoe Design department was created out of passion for the craft. For shoe design there are 30 candidates. The show is the culmination of an academic year and gives students from the first year on a platform to show their work, their vision and creativity. That every year 1.200 people, not just family and insiders, come to visit this show is the best form of appreciation for this department and it's students. So make sure you will also join this dazzling, exciting, inspiring show!

SASK show Academie Sint Niklaas
Date: June 17th 2017
Time: Shoe and Jewelry design 20.00, Fashion show 21.00
Tickets: in advance 18 euro/at the door 20 euro
Location: Techniekhuis, Industriepark Noord 6 Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

Our open days are Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June from 2 till 6 pm, location SASK Boonhemstraat 1, 9100 Sint Niklaas, Belgium.

Shoe design by Alice van Opstal, 2016.
Registration for the course starts saturday 25th. e-mail academie sint-niklaas

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