Willem Ruys

Joyce de Gruiter

This shoe sculpture was inspired by the Dutch passenger ship Willem Ruys which, in the 1940s, brought the designer’s parents from Asia to Europe, which was a meeting of two opposite cultures and literally East meeting West, 2013.

Unique piece. Part of the collection Northampton Museums and Art Gallery, England.

Material: wood, krijinto, pearlescent paint and gold leaf

© Joyce de Gruiter

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Willem Ruys


This shoe sculpture was inspired by the Dutch passenger ship Willem Ruys which, in the 1940s, brought the designer’s parents from Asia to Europe, which was a meeting of two opposite cultures and ...

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