Monday, November 19, 2018 - The Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, will hand out the 'The Crazy Shoe Award 2019' in Vienna on April 24 2019. Europe sure needs more crazy shoes, so you (when based in Europe) are invited to join the competition and send in your registration form until February 11 2019. The ‘Crazy Shoe’ must be received by March 13 2019.
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2019
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2019

Award for the Crazy Shoe 2019 Vienna: conditions for participation:

Organizer
Vienna State Guild of shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna.

Participants
All establishments’ shoemakers, shoe designers, shoe manufacturers from Europe.

Authorizing the participation of the piece
The shoe design must be wearable (women size 35-41, men’s size 39-47) and must be made by the participant.

Number of competition entries
Each participant may only submit one pair of 'Crazy Shoes'.

Registration
The registration form must be received until February 11 2019 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna).

Participation costs
None.

Submission of the 'Crazy Shoe'
The 'Crazy Shoe' must be received by March 13 2019 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna)
- with a description of the "Crazy Shoe" (name of the Crazy Shoe, idea description, materials used, labor intensity)
- with the song (mp3 file, time = 3 minutes at least), played during the presentation of the Crazy Shoe on the catwalk, please save the song on a USB stick and
- with photos of the working steps (jpg file, please save the photos on a USB stick).
Late arrivals will not come in the standings and will be returned.

Evaluation, selection and Jury
The first Evaluation of the submissions will be carried out on March 19 2019 by a panel of experts and laymen, and in the presence of a lawyer. The evaluation and selection of shoes by the Jury is based on a point system.
The top 15 pairs of shoes go on to the final round on April 24 2019 as part of the ceremony, in the Studio 44. The final round will be conducted by a panel of experts and prominent figures from politics and art, and in the presence of a lawyer. The selection of shoes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be made on a point system.
The Jury's decision is final. Jury members may not participate in the contest.

Notification of the nominated participant
The participant will be notified on March 20 2019 by e-mail, that he is among the 15 nominated participants. The nominated participant must report to us via e-mail or phone his commitment or his cancellation no later than March 27 2019. If the deadline expires, the next highest participant is re-nominated.

Presence and presentation of the participant
The nominated participant must be present for the final round on April 24 2019 or send a representative. If the nominee or his representative is not present, the Crazy Shoe is removed from the competition. The nominated participant must demonstrate his shoe at the finals on April 24, 2019 himself or he has to bring a person to demonstrate the shoes. A Person can demonstrate only one Crazy Shoe. The practice will take place before the ceremony, the participants will be informed on March 20 2019 about the beginning of the practice.

Prizes
As part of the ceremony, on April 24 2019 in the Studio 44 the top three pairs of shoes will be awarded with a winning trophy, certificates and a prize.
1. Prize in worth of € 1.500,-
2. Prize in worth of € 750,-
3. Prize in worth of € 350,-

More information
Submissions received that do not come in the finals will be shown at the ceremony on April 24 2019 and will be sent back after the ceremony by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. The shoes can be returned only to an address in Europe. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers.
The 15 best shoes are presented a year in Vienna Shoe Museum, 1080 Vienna, Florianigasse 66, and will be sent back in end of April 2020 by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. The shoes can be returned only to an address in Europe. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers.
The 15 best shoes contestants will receive an honourable invite from the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers (valid for 2 people) for the ceremony, on April 24 2019 in the Studio 44.

Accommodation and travel costs
For the finalists, as well as additional costs are to be paid by the participants. Please indicate on the registration form if you come alone or with an extra person.

The program
Ceremony 'Award for the Crazy Shoe 2017 Vienna'
Wednesday April 24 2019

Download your registration form.

The winner 2018 is Julia Suppanz from Germany with her 'Queen Bee' shoes.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 - nat-2™ launches vegan sneakers made from real coffee & real grass. German high end sneaker brand nat-2™ presents vegan luxury sneakers. The result looks anything but the usual eco stuff.
Wake Up Sneakerheads!
Wake Up Sneakerheads!

Coffee
The 100% vegan, unisex sneaker’s uppers are made from real sustainable recycled coffee, coffee beans and coffee plant, which covers up to 50% of the shoe’s surface, depending on each style. The coffee is applied to a layer and got the natural coffee scent. The feel is very smooth and fine, while you can smell the coffee and see the material’s natural texture. The patented material was developed in Germany and the final sneakers are 100% handmade in Italy and produced under fair conditions in a new family-run high-tech facility. The type of coffee used varies upon a sustainable availability.
To order: vegan luxury sneakers made from real coffee

Grass
German high end sneaker brand nat-2™ presents vegan luxury sneakers made from real grass, from Austrian or Bavarian meadow hayfield.
The 100% vegan, unisex sneaker’s uppers are made from real sustainable recycled hay, grass and flowers which cover up to 50% of the shoe’s surface, depending on each style. The hayfield is pressed and applied to a layerbase and got the natural mountain scent. The feel is very unique and natural, while you can smell the alpine hayfield and see the material’s natural texture. The patented material was developed in Germany and Austria while the final sneakers are 100% handmade in Italy and produced under fair conditions in a new family-run high-tech facility.
To order: vegan luxury sneakers made from real grass

All shoes are 100% vegan and equipped with a soft padded, anti-bacterial real cork insole. The glue is free from animal ingredients, the outsoles are made from real rubber and the upper features nat-2™ signature reflective glass details for a better visibility and a techy look. The parts looking like suede or nappa leather are made from recycled PET bottles.

nat-2™ | German engineered high-end sneakers
A luxury state of the art footwear brand based in Munich, Germany. Driven by true innovation x supreme quality. Founder and designer Sebastian Thies has risen from one of the oldest shoe-dynasties in Europe, representing the 6th generation shoemaker & -creator since 1856.

More sneakers by nat-2 at the VirtualShoeMuseum.

Monday, May 28, 2018 - Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures sequel at Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem. 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. On show at Rozet in Arnhem. From June 2 till July 31 2018.
Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures at Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem
Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures at Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem

Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures at Rozet
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 wooden clogs, 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.

Routing Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures
You will find the artworks from the 'Erfgoedmuseum in the basement', end of the hallway on the ground floor and on 3 floors, just follow our signs 1 till 18.

AmberAmbroseAurele
AmberVerstegen 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.

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 Virtual Shoe Museum 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), Lok Jansen (Japan), Kei Kagami (Japan), Hetty Kelderman (NL), Bas Kosters (NL), Jasper Krabbé (NL), Costis Magarakis (Israël), Ted Noten (NL), Alet Pilon (NL), Elvira Rajek (Oostenrijk), Joop Rubens (NL), Ton van der Spruit (NL), Marie Verstegen (NL), Albert van der Weide (NL), Lie van der Werff (NL).

Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures exhibition
Form saturday 2 June till wednesday 1 July our exhibition is open to the public.

Location
Kortestraat 16, Arnhem

Opening hours
Monday 8:30AM–10PM
Tuesday 8:30AM–10PM
Wednesday 8:30AM–10PM
Thursday AM–10PM
Friday 8:30AM–10PM
Saturday 8:30AM–5PM
Sunday Closed

Publication No More Shoes
Order your catalgue No More Shoes or get your copy at the desk of ToArt at the Rozet, 3rd floor.

More information about Jan Jansen, the artworks and artists at janjansenshoetreasures.com.

Special thanks to
Jan & Tonny Jansen, Lok Jansen, Joyce de Gruiter & Peter Willemse, Eric Cox, Wouter van Raamsdonk, Marie & Hanny Verstegen, Charlotte Visser, Taco, Alaska and Loladina Zwaanswijk and to all artists who share our passion for shoes and have participed in the Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures project.

Photo Charlotte Visser: I choose comfort over fashion/I love a party where you can wear sandals/Let’s do it one time upside down by Bas Kosters.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - Jo Cope’s window display at the YKK London Showroom is an official part of London Craft Week, with an opening night party and live performance to be held on 9th May. Exploring the complex subject of love and its parallels with addiction and relationships, Cope’s collection will be on display until 25th May 2018.
Jo Cope at YKK London Showroom
Jo Cope at YKK London Showroom

Installation
Cope's installation narrates the journey of love as a means of self-help through a series of extraordinary handcrafted leather shoes and objects each carrying symbolic meanings and messages. With a creative process at the intersection of fashion, art, and craft, Cope goes far beyond conventional shoe-making aesthetics and techniques, developing new processes and functions all the time to redefining the boundaries of footwear. The original collection 'The Language of Feet in the Walk of Life' is an evolving piece of work, reflecting Cope’s visionary approach. With new pieces continually added to extend its meaning; as new life lessons are learnt. Constant throughout the collection is design that embodies real human experiences and a self-therapeutic approach. In a testament to the high craftsmanship involved, the ‘Looking for Love’ double ended relationship shoes took five months to create and are over one metre in length. Audiences are encouraged to look, think and reflect upon their own relationships with others, and more importantly their own selves.

She seeks to redefine fashion’s potential future as something that has a deeper language, value and purpose. The opening night at the YKK London Showroom will also include a performance. Entitled 'Lessons in Love', a new collaborative work where Cope partners with Antonio de la Fe, a Spanish born choreographer based in London. The work seeks to bring the shoes to life through a four part written score. The live performance has been inspired by their joint interest in working with both words and body, and to explore the relationship between conceptual footwear and dance as progressive practice. London performance art partners Antonio Branco and Riccardo Tarocco will conduct the performance.

Cope said: 'The pieces on display at the YKK London Showroom and the performance as part of the opening night have been developed specifically for this collaboration and the London Craft Week event. I think the subject of Love is something that everyone can relate to and the performance is highly experimental, I am so excited to see it come to life on the night as not even the performers will know what to expect until they pick up the score on the night, their responses and actions will be truly live.'

With a BA Fashion Design degree from Nottingham Trent University, Cope recently returned to education after working with galleries and running her own studio for the last decade, to complete an MA in the prestigious Fashion Artefacts course at the London College of Fashion. This developed her high-end craft skills alongside conceptual practice. Cope is a part time lecturer and guest speaker at a number of universities, delivering modules and directing courses and workshops across art and design disciplines.

YKK London Showroom
154 Commercial Street
Shoreditch
E1 6NU London
United Kingdom

Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 9am -5pm Saturday – Sunday: Closed.

More information and shoes by Jo Cope at the VirtualShoeMuseum.

Friday, April 06, 2018 - Discover a new universe; experience a different reality; explore a new way to see the world. Indulge yourself in the otherworldly details in the breathtaking designs of Amber Ambrose Aurèle. Her solo shoe exhibition is on show at the Museu do Calçado, S. João da Madeira in Portugal from April 8 till September 23 2018.
Amber Ambrose Aurèle. Walking in Wonderland
Amber Ambrose Aurèle. Walking in Wonderland

'Sweet things have a strange edge'
Amber Ambrose Aurèle is known for her visually unique work and sky-high heels. Amber explores the boundaries of fashion and art through her Haute Couture shoe designs. She holds an MA in Shoe Design from ArtEZ Arnhem and a MA in Art History from the University of Amsterdam in 2012. Her academic background makes her research process unique and elevates her vision of beauty and design. She has a firm belief her art of shoemaking require interdisciplinary research which explores new fields in every collection. The first to 3D-print metal heels, her creations have a sweet and twisted view that combines fine handwork technique with innovative technology.

After graduating, Amber Ambrose Aurèle established her Amsterdam-based eponymous label AAA. All her shoes are made to order.

Liza Snook/Virtual Shoe Museum about Amber Ambrose Aurèle
I am Liza Snook, a passionate shoe collector and founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum. I work as a curator for museums, image researcher for publishers and as judge at design schools.

Years ago I met Amber, when she graduated from ArtEZ and DHTA in the Netherlands, in 2012. She made a smashing graduation collection with constructed high heels with peacock feathers, themed ‘the garden of Eden’. From that moment I new she was designer to follow.

Amber is a multi talent. She creates stories, mostly fairytales, with her shoe designs, that are always very divers from her former collections.

She is always improving her crafsmenship and experimenting with new materials. Next to her design skills she is a source of inspiration for Dutch and foreign students with her art history lectures. After several successfully completed studies its only waiting for the next level or title she will gain.

We have cooperated in various shoe exhibition projects and Amber always brings lots of good ideas and positive energy. In 2017 we launched our first publication together, ‘No More Shoes’.

Amber Ambrose Aurèle. Walking in Wonderland
April 8 till September 23 2018

Museu do Calçado
Rua Oliveira Júnior, nº 591
3700-204 S. João da Madeira
Portugal

Opening hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday to friday: 09h00 - 12h30 | 14h00 - 18h00
Saturday: 10h00 - 13h00 | 14h00 - 18h00
Sundays and holidays: 10h30 - 12h30 | 14h30 - 18h00

More info about Amber Ambrose Aurèle.

Photo: The garden of Eden by Charlotte Visser.

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