Friday, December 12, 2014 - Special shoe exhibition at the Spielzeug Welten Museum in Basel from 18 October 2014 – 6 April 2015, in collaboration with the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery from England and the Virtual Shoe Museum. This special exhibition is devoted to an everyday object that for millennia has served to protect the soles of men, women and children: the shoe.
History under your feet - 3000 years of shoes
History under your feet - 3000 years of shoes

In collaboration with the Northampton Museums and Art Gallery in England, home to the world’s largest collection of historical shoes, this exhibition of over 220 pairs of shoes takes you on a journey through the footwear fashions of the last 3000 years. In addition to its purely protective function and its importance for many people as a fashion item, throughout history the shoe has also been connected with social status and membership of particular social groups. In ancient Egypt, only pharaohs were allowed to wear sandals made of silver or gold. The oldest shoe in the exhibition comes from Egypt, and dates from around 1000 BC. Every shoe form that we wear today has a link to the past. We are always wearing a piece of history on our feet. And in the meantime, the shoe has also become a subject for the art world.

More than 30 artists from across the globe, selected by Liza Snook from The Virtual Shoe Museum, have made their artistic shoe creations available for the exhibition. Shoes from the designers of tomorrow also offer visitors a taste of the future.

Thomas Murphy, an English shoemaker of bespoke shoes for the young and old, will demonstrate his craft on various weekends. Our visitors will have the chance to experience live how handmade shoes are made today, and will have the opportunity to try their hand at a bit of shoemaking themselves.

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basle)
Museum, shop and restaurant
Opening hours 10.00 until 18.00 daily
Steinenvorstadt 1
CH-4051 Basel

The Swiss Museums Pass and the Museums-PASS-Musées are valid for the Toy Worlds Museum Basle.

Admission.
CHF 7.00/5.00
Children up to 16 years of age are admitted free of charge and only the company of adults.

Beads shoes by Tomas Kroes, photo by Charlotte Visser.

Friday, November 21, 2014 - From Friday 28 till Sunday 30 November 2014, the sixth edition of Meesterlijk will take place in Amsterdam, at the Westergasfabriek. This is the event where product designers, fashion designers, food designers and artisans share their passion for design and craftsmanship with the public. In this edition Makerszoon by René van den Berg and the Dutch Shoe Academy also will be present.
Shoes at Meesterlijk 2014
Shoes at Meesterlijk 2014

Makerszoon (son of the maker) is René van den Berg's brandname for his durable men shoes collection. With Makerszoon he continues the shoemaking tradition of his family, a tradition of four generations, dating back to 1902.

Quirky, sturdy shoes with as their main features, high comfort and low impact on the environment. With a solid background as an orthopedic shoe-maker he started his custom-made shoe workshop in 1992. In this he combines his creativity and design skills with extensive knowledge of the foot, shoe-making, materials and techniques. René has a very successful career by manufacturing the most extreme shoes for fashion designers such as Thierry Mugler, JANTAMINIAU, Ilja Visser, Anouk Wipprecht and Leanie van der Vyver. His shoes are also worn by famous performers such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Black Eyed Pea Fergie.

Makerszoon collection
Consists of three models: Oak (Oxford/Rijg Molière) Ash (Derby/Derby Molière) and Beech (Derby/Derby Molière) in seven sizes. In addition to standard sizes and designs Makerszoon offers you the possibility (at extra costs) to specify your ideas. The price of these handmade shoes start at € 395.00. These shoes are not available through stores. If you wish to purchase a pair of these shoes, you are welcome to welcome in the studio to try the right size, please call for an by appointment first. The delivery of those shoes would be about two weeks. For more information about the extensive possibilities, please feel free to contact Makerszoon.

In addition to Makerszoon René also founded 'A shoe can be', to create striking sculptures and exclusive footwear with his business partner Karin Janssen and René teaches shoe making at the Dutch Shoe Academy in Utrecht.

The Dutch Shoe Academy will also presents its students work at Meesterlijk. At the request of Uniquole/Meesterlijk the students investigated the details of historical prints for their school program. The students used details from the prints as inspiration for their handmade shoes and the objects are produced only in one color 'Ivory'.

Meesterlijk
This november 2014 the sixth edition of Meesterlijk will take place. This is the event where product designers, fashion designers, food designers and artisans share their passion for design and craftsmanship with the public. During 3 days established Masters will stand alongside talented novices at one of the most stunning and inspiring venues of Amsterdam: the Westergasfabriek.

3 days - 3 venues
Where can you buy objects directly from the product designers, fashion designers and artisans themselves? Where can you still find the pure passion for the creation process? At Meesterlijk, the contemporary event for design and craftsmanship. Your ticket offers access to all these venues.

There are unique products for sale, like furniture, glass and crystal objects of use, wooden, metal and ceramic objects and of course wearable items such as tailor made shirts, shoes (for both men and women), hats, bags, jewellery and other accessories.

Meesterlijk - design and crafts
28 -30 November 2015, 12.00 - 18.00
Westergasfabriek, Polonceaukade 2 (De Bakkerswinkel entrance)
Amsterdam 1014 DA
The Netherlands

More info and tickets at Meesterlijk.

Black and white photography by Esther van der Wallen.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - Shoe art, signed & numbered Helena is back. After an overwhelming response on various boots featured in international exhibitions, Helena decided to make her shoe art available to shoe lovers. This fall she will be launching 'Gloria Flamenca', the first in a series of exclusive, signed and numbered boots which all have been in expositions but never produced before.
Helena Amsterdam unique wearable shoe art
Helena Amsterdam unique wearable shoe art

These wearable pieces of art will all carry their unique number and will be signed by the artist compared to a litho or art print. The significant difference is that the boots will not be an inferior copy of the original but completely identical. Each pair will be manufactured out of exactly the same materials, in the same country, with equal dedication and craftsmanship as the ones featured in museums and exhibitions. 

Quality
The boots and bags will all be handmade from the finest leather and materials, with a passion for perfection by, grown up, craftsmen in Portugal. The artistic footwear will arrive with a certificat of authentity, together with a travel bag to keep them nice and shiny. To top off things Helena designed a matching clutch. These collectors items can exclusively be ordered directly from
Helena Amsterdam. The first delivery will be before Christmas!

Gloria Flamenca
Designed with a deep love for Spain and it's beautiful culture and people, these boots represent a tribute to the Flamenco dancers, expressing the fire, passion and colorfulness to be found in every woman, all over the world

Exhibitions:
The 'Gloria Flamenca' boot is of course permanently featured at the Virtual Shoe Museum and will be part of the 'History under you feet – 3000 years of shoes' exposition at the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, Switserland in collaboration with the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery in England. From October 18 2014 untill april 5 2015.

Prices:
Boot: € 275
Ankle boot: € 235
Clutch: € 145

About Helena
Inge Helena Rietjens is known for her creative, daring, stylish and playful signature, manufactured in high quality materials and craftsmanship. This fall she is launching a brand new concept featuring solely, limited edition boots and bags, with a new release 3 times a year.She started out as a shoe designer in 2004 by launching the Helena Angelique collection in a collaboration with a tattoo artist, followed by her own Helena d'Amsterdam collection in 2009. She co developed and taught at the masterclass shoe design for FIA ( Fashion Institute Arnhem) and was a designer and trend watcher for Sacha. Her designs received international media attention and have been sold worldwide.

Quite some of her boots an shoes were, are and will be featured in various museums and exhibitions, amongst which the Kunsthal/Rotterdam, Modemuseum/Hasselt, Nederlands Leder en Schoenen Museum/Waalwijk, Museum Auberlehaus/ Trossingen, Spielzeug Welten Museum/Basel and at The Virtual Shoe Museum more to come in 2015: Shoe Show/Dubai and Kuwait, Klagenfurt/Austria.

More shoes by Helena at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Photo's by Charlotte Visser.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Following previous successful design workshops given by international (shoe) design talents Kei Kagami and Kobi Levi, the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum in Waalwijk proudly presents another design workshop by Kermit Tesoro from the Philippines on Wednesday 1 Oktober 2014.
Kermit Tesoro design workshop
Kermit Tesoro design workshop

Observant visitors know Kermit Tesoro from his modest contribution to the Mode Biënnale Arnhem: M°BA exhibition 'Fetishism in Fashion' 2013. Lady Gaga fans will remember Tesoro's work in her 'Marry the Night' video, where she shines in a 'muscle dress' created by Kermit Tesoro and Leeroy New. After that Tesoro contributed to the Lady Gaga + Gilt campaign, in which his terrifying high, heelless shoes attracted more attention than Lady Gaga herself.

At the start of his mini shoe exhibition 'Kermit Tesoro' this remarkable designer comes to Waalwijk to give a design workshop. Tesoro will share his skills in the field of three-dimensional design on a shoe last. The workshop is specifically for shoe designers and/or traditional shoemakers, but other interested parties are of course very welcome. For students knowledge of shoe design is desirable.

There is room for up to 25 people.
The costs are € 40,- per person, including coffee or tea, lunch and materials. Registration for this workshop can be done via e-mail.

Program
9.30 10.00
Walk in, registration, coffee or tea & cake

10.00-12.00 Part 1 workshop
Lunch

13:00 to 15:30 Part 2 workshop
15:30 to 16:30

Coffee or tea

Kermit Tesoro design workshop
Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum
1 Oktober 2014
Elzenweg 25, Waalwijk, the Netherlands

More shoes by Kermit Tesoro at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - The shoe exhibition Shoes in Art and Design at the KUNST HAUS WIEN is on show from 18 June till 5 October 2014. Most of the approximately 160 experimental shoe creations by designers, artists and architects are one of a kind or have been produced only in small series. Many have been devised as small sculptures, as conceptual statements, or as provocations against the main stream. These SHOEting Stars are distinguished by their unusual forms, exclusive materials and 'emotional added value' often to the detriment of their actual wearability.
SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design
SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design

SHOEting Stars
The topic of 'shoes' opens up an entire cosmos of stories, individual experiences and preconceptions. Shoes symbolise passion and the search for perfection. They represent trivial needs, but at the same time are an attractive medium for artistic and scientific speculation. The subject of this exhibition, therefore, is the contemplation of shoes not only as casual fashion projects but as design objects that make their own autonomous statements.

The exhibition focuses on experimental shoe creations by artists, designers and architects. Most of these creations are one of a kind or have been produced only in small series. Many have been devised as small sculptures in their own right, as conceptional statements, or as provocations against the main stream. Each of them is distinguished by an unusual form, exclusive materials and an “emotional added value” – often to the detriment of its actual wearability. In view of the astounding creativity and diversity of artistic ideas, the functionality criterion is of secondary significance.

Where does this courage to create an unconventional shoe come from? A not inconsiderable role is certainly played by the design avant-garde of the fashion world, where art and fashion have long been intimately linked, with each camp utilising the other’s mechanisms. Fashion designers rely on limited
production runs and direct cooperation with artists or borrow unabashedly from the treasure trove of
art history.

On the other hand, when artists focus on shoes as the subject of their creative works, amazing autonomous artistic statements result. Shoes made of glass, ceramics and porcelain or conceived as part of an installation follow in the tradition of creative sculpture and thus assume positions outside the
canons of the fashion market. Artists enjoy slipping into the role of the beholder. In conceptual works they target the complex relationship between society and the individual and focus on facets of modern consumer behaviour. In doing so they are working at the crossroad to social design, which represents
an expansion in the sense of creating life forms and preserving values.

A further source of creativity is provided by new technologies and materials, which enable a previously unheard-of spectrum of forms, structures and surfaces. By means of computer-aided processes, used alone or in combination with traditional techniques, the appearance of a shoe can be modified step by
step. Materials with new looks and new textures lend these shoes an almost futuristic aspect. The sections of the exhibition reflect contemporary design positions and show a blurring of boundaries between design, handicrafts and art that has been observable for quite some time. The range of exhibition objects is correspondingly broad: from an architectonic approach through small sculptures to the critical exploration of ethical and moral aspects of art and society; from experiments with materials to the shoe as a fetish object – there is no question in present-day discourse to which a shoe of some kind does not have an appropriate answer.

The thematic grouping of the exhibited works underscores the blurring of boundaries between art, design and handicrafts. The spectrum ranges from an architectonic approach through experiments with materials to the shoe as a fetish object. The manifold possibilities inherent in shoes as a creative medium are reflected not only in the shoes themselves but also in installations, photographs and videos, and include the positions of several Austrian artists and designers.

An exhibition by KUNST HAUS WIEN in cooperation with the GRASSI Museum of Applied Art Leipzig
Idea and concept: Sabine Epple
Curator in Vienna: Brigitte Woischnik
Co-Curator in Vienna: Liza Snook, www.VirtualShoeMuseum.com

SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design
18 June to 5 October 2014
KUNST HAUS WIEN
1030 Vienna, Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13
www.kunsthauswien.com