So I went to the SOL(e)D event yesterday at the Bata Shoe Museum yesterday to celebrate the launch of Worn Fashion Journal’s Shoe Issue (and blogger Anita Clarke’s birthday!).
When I walked in illustrator and blogger Danielle Meder was working on her design on a 1926 Singer leather maker.
Part of the event was an auction for 23 pairs of Ked’s shoes which were re-imagined, embellished and re-designed by Canadian illustrators, craftspeople and sculptors.
Here are some of my fave designs.
Dave Pakula of artist collective Funktion Gallery
Montreal artist Tyson Bodnarchuk whose work usually features creatures eating those cut little birdies.
Montreal designer Dane Richards of Danegerus was inspired by "Geishas, Galliano, Grass, and the High Class."
Montreal artist Tyler K. Rauman filled his designs with sparkles, gloss and ... cement.
Design from Montreal Pin Pals crafter Samantha Purdy.
Tim Mitchell, of collaborative illustration and fine art group Team Macho, pickled Ked's.
Toronto artist Marina Dempster wanted to capture the "transformative essence" of putting on a fresh pair of sneakers with her design Succulent.
Montreal fashion designer Clayton Evans minimalist creation.
Kelly Freeman and Rory Lindo of Toronto fashion label Damsels in This Dress were inspired by a female Cab Calloway.
Montreal artist Mark Laliberte's design. Some might see lightning I see eyeballs.
Toronto artist Hollie Dzama wanted to design a pair of shoes that she could wear to a KISS concert. Mission Accomplished.
Painter Patrick Lundeen warned bidders that the shoes "might be a little toxic so don't let kids, dogs or boyfriends suck on them."
Montreal craftswoman Elif Saydam was inspired by "quilts, Saved by the Bell, Turkish janissary boots, and the Sonora desert."
Clothing, jewelry and home accessories designer Angie Johnson of Norwegian Wood's design can best be described as "reptilian armour in metallics and pearls."
And here are some of the evenings stylish attendees.
I love the elaborate hat and the statement necklace.
And since the evening was all about the shoes here are some of the stylish, elaborate shoes from the evening.
Patent leather heels with scalloped edges a la Chloe Spring 2009
These heels remind me of these Christian Loubouting heels.