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)

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

Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle

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.

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - Creative Sole, Japanese Sneaker Culture is a book by Manami Okazaki that looks at Japan’s prolific presence in sneaker culture globally. Creative, covetable and cool, Japanese sneakers are some of the most highly sought after in the world today, with an incredible amount of designers, collaborators, artists and makers, all infusing their creative energy into this multi-billion dollar industry. This book includes hundreds of sneakers from the hottest Japanese designers, and collaborations ranging from the crazy to the chic, to vintage, rare and Japan exclusive items.
Creative Sole: Japanese Sneaker Culture
Creative Sole: Japanese Sneaker Culture

From Asics/Onitsuka Tiger’s Olympic archival items, to the entire portfolio of mita sneakers collabs, to historic Japan-made sneakers sourced from the vaults of Tokyo’s super collectors, this comprehensive book will thrill all lovers of design and fashion.

Included are over 350 sneaker photos, including collaboration kicks with a wide range of creators, from designers such as Comme des Garçons, street wear label BAPE, Nintendo game characters, artist Takashi Murakami, Hello Kitty to skaters like Christian Hosoi.

Interviews with famous designers, artists, creative directors, athletes and ad agency W+K provide exclusive contextual information into the world of kicks.

About the author
Manami Okazaki is an author and journalist. She has produced 10 books (coffee-table tomes/ visual culture collectibles) on Japanese culture, art, crafts and fashion, which have been widely acclaimed by international media. She specializes in traditional Japanese culture, popular culture, travel, style, fashion, and subcultures. She is one of the best-connected English speaking journalists for Japanese subculture material. Her long-term projects are represented in her books.

Her journalism commissions have taken her to explore anarchists in Greece, Lucha Libre in Mexico City, surf culture in Puerto Escondido, Paris fashion week, Muay Thai in Bangkok, HIV Buddhist temples in Lopburi, architecture in Berlin, and so on. An avid traveler, she has been to over 50 countries and has written countless travel stories both internationally and within Japan.

Publisher
Published by Kingyo Limited
Europe: August 2017
Book size: 23 x 79 x 108 mm
Hardcover: 280 pp.
Photographs: 350 color
Text in English
Price: € 29.99/$ 31.59

ISBN: 9789881250728

Photo sneakers 'Koi morph' by Yoske Nishiumi.

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - To create a sneaker made from real stone was the common idea of the two German brands Roxxlyn® und nat-2™, which was born at a Paris Tradeshow. Nat-2™ is known for its groundbreaking innovations in the field of sneakers and footwear, the Berlin based company Roxxlyn® is acknowlegded for ist exclusive accessories made from stone. Now both brands have joined forces for this true 'German engineering' project and sneaker collection for women and men made from real stone.
Real Stone Sneakers by nat-2™ x Roxxlyn®
Real Stone Sneakers by nat-2™ x Roxxlyn®

Real slate stone has been made light, soft and flexible through a very complicated and state of the art technology, which was probably used the first time for footwear.
The luxurious sneakers are produced fair and by hand at small family run manufacturer in Italy and feature in addition to the real stone. Finest nappa leather and reflecting glass. The well known nat-2™ high end cupsole is 100% rubber.

Every pair is unique and 100% made in Italy.

The stone sneakers are not only extremely stylish, but also look and feel super soft and easy to handle.

The art on the shoe is also supposed to show that there are real alternatives to the common used materials in the commercial and luxury footwear- and fashion sector, showing that nature provides true natural resources for the way into the future. The unique unisex shoes were presented at Pitti Immagine Uomo in Florence, Italy June 2017.

You can order your pair at:
nat-2™
Roxxlyn®n

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - An exhibition of shoes in Art and Design at Schloss Lichtenwalde, near Chemniz in Germany. On show from May 25 2017 till January 7 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
HIGH HEELS, Die hohe Kunst der Schuhe

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 Hig

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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