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.

• 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

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.

Monday, January 01, 2018 - 2017 has been a busy and very successful year. With judging at design schools in The Netherlands and Belgium, working on a new set of Workman Publishers New York shoe calendars and 4 shoe exhibitions in Schloss Lichtenwalde in Germany, Műcsarnok Budapest in Hungary, College for Creative Studies Detroit in USA and Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures at Rokin75 in Amsterdam with a first 'No More Shoes' publication.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

Big thank you!
I want to thank all artists and designers who have send/lend me their fabulous shoe designs digitally for the online collection or in real exhibitions. And I want to thank Brigitte Woischnik, Joyce de Gruiter, Aki Choklat and Amber Ambrose Aurèle for being my inspiring shoe buddy's and exhibition partners. Charlotte Visser for her photograph and being my Col-lec-tion partner and of course my MultiMediaMan Taco Zwaanswijk, without you I could not have done this journey.

On this website and my social media I will for sure keep you posted on my new plans!

I wish you all a very Happy and Creative New Year!
Liza Snook

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: and CCS Exhibitions on Instagram: 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

Sunday, November 12, 2017 - Designers and artists from all over the world honour the iconic shoe designer Jan Jansen with unique works of art that have been designed and made specially for the Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures project. Every work of art is inspired by shoes in the private collection of Jan & Tonny Jansen. The artists were given carte blanche to create new objects out of selected Jan Jansen shoes. On show at Rokin 75, Amsterdam, on the 6th floor. From 17 till 20 November 2017.
Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures
Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures

The exhibition is an initiative by Amber Ambrose Aurèle (art historian and designer under her brand name) and Liza Snook (collector and founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum). For this project, Jan Jansen donated shoes from his private collection, consisting of more than 4.000 models. This includes the iconic 'What is this ?', the 'Bruno', the famous 'hovering wedge' and countless others. The artists had carte blanche to create new objects from the shoes. This resulted in one of a kind artworks, from sculptures with gold leaf to woodcuts and exuberant dolls.

Amber Verstegen
Amber explores the boundaries between art and design under her own label Amber Ambrose Aurèle. She’s got two master’s degrees: one in shoe design from ArtEZ in Arnhem and one in art history from the University of Amsterdam. Her academic background is what makes her research unique, it resembles her vision on aesthetics and design. With her designs, she does not follow trends but makes shoes that are strongly rooted in concepts. She’s constantly questioning the status quo, such as that of the femme fatale and the femme fragile. Next to her work as a designer, she works as a teacher at several art academies in The Netherlands and China. AmberAmbroseAurele

Liza Snook
Ever since her studies in graphic design at the Royal College in The Hague, Liza Snook collects anything and everything that has something to do with shoes. To share this passion with the world, she started the website together with her partner Taco Zwaanswijk in 2004. For ten years now, she has been designing exhibitions around shoes that are involved in art and design by collaborating with museums worldwide. Next to that, she works closely together with Workman Publishers in New York, is a regular judge at international design schools and helps young designers find their way.

Artists and designers
ONA B. (Oostenrijk), Peter Dautzenberg (NL), Fantich&Young (UK), Liselore Frowijn (NL), Joyce de Gruiter (NL), Ray Horacek (Japan), Lok Jansen (Japan), Jonghlabel (NL), Kei Kagami (UK), Hetty Kelderman (NL), Bas Kosters (NL), Jasper Krabbé (NL), Costis Magarakis (Israël), MOAM (NL), Ted Noten (NL), Alet Pilon (NL), Elvira Rajek (Oostenrijk), Joop Rubens (NL), Ton van der Spruit (NL), Swip Stolk (NL), Marie Verstegen (NL), Albert van der Weide (NL), Lie van der Werff (NL).

Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures exhibition
Friday 17, saturday 18 and sunday 19 November our exhibition is open to the public.

The View, Rokin 75, Amsterdam, 6th floor.

Opening hours
11:00 – 19:00

Public transport
Amsterdam Centraal station: tram 4, tram 9 or tram 24.

Q-Park Bijenkorf - Beursstraat 15, 1012 JW Amsterdam
Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky - Dam 9, 1012 JS Amsterdam

Publication No More Shoes
Order your catalgue No More Shoeshere.

More informationfrom 15 November
No More Shoes

Special thanks to
Jan & Tonny Jansen, Lok Jansen,Joyce de Gruiter & Peter Willemse, Jos van Moorsel, dhr. A.H. Hartman, Mike Ditmann, Marie & Hanny
Verstegen, and to all artists who share our passion for shoes and have participed in the Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures project.

And to our sponsors
Rokin 75
Sir Edmond Gin
Brouwerij de Molen
Het PRbureau
De Klare Lijn

Photo Bas Duijs: The Crazy Shoemaker by Joyce de Gruiter.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - For this exhibition, we bring a little shoe magic to Budapest. "I tell you, in this world being a little crazy helps to keep you sane." Liza Snook and Joyce de Gruiter have selected artists and designers from various countries with all their own view on shoes. On show at the Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle in Budapest from 15 September till 22 October 2017.
Cipő Mágia/Shoe Magic. Experimental Shoes in Art and Design
Cipő Mágia/Shoe Magic. Experimental Shoes in Art and Design

In addition to purely protective and fashion function shoes equally carry identity, group membership or personality of the wearer. But they also hold a good creative potential. In the hands of designers the fashionable everyday object turns into a spectacular and unique autonomous sculpture or a limited edition.

Shoe designs has changed in the last years, especially now industrial designers, architects and artist are also drawn into shoes. One approaches the shoe material research and technique, the other from construction or expression. Is it a shoe when you can actually walk on them or is it a shoe when your feet fits in? Do we still need leather as material in 10 years? Can we print our shoes during breakfast in 5 years?

This show presents conceptual and layered work that makes you look twice, because there are much more things going on than a pair of wearable shoes.

This way we want to share our passion for shoes with a little crazy in mind.

Liza Snook
curator, founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum

Joyce de Gruiter
artist, co-curator

Exhibiting artists
Charlotte van ALEM (NL) Thomas BATA University: Frederika MOTÚZOVÁ, Jana GARZINOVÁ, Barbora PONÍŽILOVÁ (CZ), René van den BERG (NL), Lotte de BOER (NL), Jo COPE (UK), Erik COX (NL), Joyce de GRUITER (NL), Zaha HADID (IQ-UK) Carolin HOLZHUBER (A), Jan JANSEN (NL), Karin JANSSEN (NL), Júlia KÁLDY (HU), Kei KAGAMI (J), ONA B. (A), Laura PAPP (HU), Dóra Ivonn PAULOVICS (HU), Ike van der PLAS (NL), Peter POPPS (NL), Elisabeth THORSEN (N), Enikő TÓTH-KERN (HU), Anna VASOF (GR), Ap VERHEGGEN (NL)

Hungary, Budapest
H-1146 Dózsa György út 37. (Hősök tere)
+36 1 460 7000


Műcsarnok opening hours
10 AM - 6 PM daily,
12 AM - 8 PM on Thursday
Closed on Monday

Shoe sculpture 'Walk on a field of flowers by' Joyce de Gruiter.

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