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,

SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design
18 June to 5 October 2014
1030 Vienna, Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13

Sunday, June 08, 2014 - Organised by The Walt Disney Company France the exhibition 'Bad for Good' gathers creators around their childhood memories of Disney movies. They built on their Disney’s souvenirs to produce original pieces… Exhibition show at Espace Commines 17 in Paris June 10 and 11 from 10.00 till 19.00, June 12 from 10.00 till 15.00. Auction date June 12 at 20.00. This auction includes a pair of black Witch shoes by Kobi Levi.
Disney's Bad for Good (Le Mal pour le Bien) Auction
Disney's Bad for Good (Le Mal pour le Bien) Auction

The works of 23 creators working within the fashion industry, the visual and fine arts one, cinema, literature and haute cuisine area will be auctioned in favor of La Source association, founded by artist Gérard Garouste. Tajan auction house will be leading the sale. It has already been many years since fashion designers and artists have reinterpreted iconic Disney characters with their very own sensitivity. This time, Disney has been willing to give them carte blanche to create works not only from a character but from an entire universe: the one relating to Bad and Good, timeless and ever present common theme to all Disney creations.

Bad For Good: creators’ childhood memories:
Paul Smith / Chantal Thomass / Christian Louboutin / Christian Lacroix / Véronique Leroy / Anne Valérie Hash / Martin Grant / Kobi Levi / Gisèle Ganne / Manish Arora / Francis Kurkdjian / Gérard Garouste / Elisabeth Garouste / Speedy Graphito / Laurent Pernot / Martine Aballéa / Virginie Barré / Thierry Dreyfus / Lionel Estève / Christophe Ono-Dit-Biot / Benjamin Renner / Philippe Conticini / Jean Rochefort

All of them have brought to l fe a personal souvenir of Bad or Good from an animated movie seen during their childhood.

The works gathered, most of them being brand new creations, will illustrate Disney movies’ eternal vocation: 'Over at our place, we're sure of just one thing: everybody in the world was once a child. So in planning a new picture, we don't think of grown ups, and we don't think of children, but just of that fine, clean, unspoiled spot down deep in every one of us that maybe the world has made us forget and that maybe our pictures can help recall' Walt Disney.
« I pass you down this souvenir, to help you growing up »

The Walt Disney Company France has wanted that the operation 'Bad for Good' can contribute to its vocation of hand over and solidarity amongst children, which has already been developed for many years with various associations in favour of childhood.

The auction will therefore be in favor of La Source association created in 1991 by painter Gérard Garouste, who intends to help children and young people facing social problems, both family and school related, and to develop their artistic creativity in various fields (

Espace Commines 17, rue Commines 75003, Paris.

June 10 and 11: 10.00 till 19.00
June 12: 10.00 till 15.00

Auction date
June 12 at 20.00

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - On Saturday, June 7 the Fashion and Shoe Designing Academy of Fine Arts Department of Sint-Niklaas presents it's annual sensational and spectacular show for the 18th time. For this presentation 't Bauhuis will be transformed into a show location.
June 7th Fashion and Shoe design show by SASK
June 7th Fashion and Shoe 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 Chris Franssen and Shoe Design by Anne Poesen & Patrick Cremers 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!

7th of June 2014
Academie Sint Niklaas
SASK Shoe design show 20.00, fashion show 21.00.
Tickets in advance 15 euro/at the door 17 euro

Location: 't Bauhuis, Slachthuisstraat 60, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

Previous articles about SASK and the shoe selection by students

'O' by Katrien Herdewyn, 2013, photo David Collart

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - A shoe can be… reveals their shoe sculpture Heliotrope. It's inspiration comes from a plant that exhibits heliotropism. A shoe can be… has chosen to present their sculptures by using moving image instead of showing just the final product. This film highlights their possibilities and skills and encourages to create new products in close co-operation. Heliotrope shows leaves and stem at the bottom (leather and wood) and the top of the shoe opens like a true color waterfall (Swarovski, leather and crystal beads).
Heliotrope by A shoe can be
Heliotrope by A shoe can be

Brooklyn Museum New York
Heliotrope is currently in New York for the exhibition 'Killer Heels: the Art of the High Heeled Shoe'. This will be on show from September 10, 2014 through February 15, 2015 at the Brooklyn Museum, New York. The tour will go on tour to three other museums and will take about two years.

A shoe can be… by René van den Berg and Karin Janssen is a work of art, Dutch design, an addiction, exclusive, a label, a dream, unique, tailor made, better than sex, inherited, love, a story, exposed, authentic, one of a kind, a friend for life, timeless, craftsmanship, yours…

René van den Berg
Specializing in designing and manufacturing tailor-made shoes, René carries on a family tradition of shoemaking which dates back to 1902. He combines his creativity and designer skills with extensive knowledge on feet, materials and shoemaking techniques. Among others René collaborates with famous Haute couture and fashion designers like Thierry Mugler, Klavers van Engelen, Anouk Wipprecht, Heineken, Leanie van der Vyver and Joop van den Ende Theaterproducties. In addition René works as a teacher in traditional shoemaking at the Dutch Shoe Academy in Utrecht, centre of excellence for craftsmanship. René is the best kept secret of the Netherlands...

Karin Janssen
Karin, graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, is a designer and creative entrepreneur who gets excited by projects in which she can combine her two- and three-dimensional expertise with her love for special materials. Her commercial projects differ from graphic design to shoe(related) design. Karin's strong need to combine design and craft, made her attend the course artisan shoemaking at the Dutch Shoe Academy in 2003, followed by several workshops furniture upholstering and exploring new possibilities and perspectives on materials, craft and design. To fulfill her aspiration to explore, create and innovate, she started A shoe can be… together with René van den Berg in 2013.

More info about A shoe can be…
Don't hesitate to contact A shoe can be… (+31 6 81906906) when you're in need of exceptional footwear for your fashion show, TV commercial, music video, feature film or theatre production.

Credits for the 'Heliotrope' film:
Design: René van den Berg and Karin Janssen
Photo: Martien Schouten
Camera: Hessel Waalewijn
Editing: Taco Zwaanswijk/Virtual Shoe Museum
Music: Niels Bos/Florish Forest

More shoes by René van den Berg and Karin Janssen at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 - Internationally-acclaimed footwear designers Aki Choklat and Julia Lundsten will join forces for a retrospective exhibition showcasing their works as two of Finland's leading designers. At the 12 Star Gallery from 16 April - 2 May 2014.
FINNOVATIONS - Independent Footwear Design by Aki Choklat and Julia Lundsten
FINNOVATIONS - Independent Footwear Design by Aki Choklat and Julia Lundsten

The 12 Star Gallery shows work which celebrates the creative and cultural diversity that is the hallmark of the European Union.

The exhibition examines the common vision shared by two designers; a nomadic spirit, pure uncompromising design, Nordic inspiration but also an international approach. Having both graduated from world-renowned Royal College of Art and running their own successful labels for more than 10 years between them, the pairing of these two designers is the perfect way to showcase very different but yet similar approaches to Footwear design.

While Julia creates products for women that showcase and celebrate female power, Aki incorporates the female into his menswear range in subtle and different way, each giving the viewer a carefully curated and unique perspective on their Finnovations.

Aki Choklat is an international design professional and shoe designer. He not only runs his own footwear label, but also works as a trend and design consultant for numerous companies, and lectures at Polimoda in Florence, Italy.

Julia Lundsten
She made a name for herself as a most promising and gifted shoe designer, with her label FINSK, launched in 2004. London based, Finnish born Lundsten, who has been dubbed the Eames of footwear, has established herself as a designer with a strong vision and unique, directional style. Lundsten's unique, modern designs are avant-garde yet supremely wearable.

Organised by the Embassy of Finland in London.

16 April - 2 May 2014

12 Star Gallery, located at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London and shows work which celebrates the creativity and cultural diversity that is the hallmark of the European Union. The gallery is open from 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday.