There is an incredibly special quality to something that has been hand-touched. It’s soft and personal, and a little bit of the artist lives within. This is exactly what makes our vintage ballet slippers so unique.
A while back, I made my way up towards the graphic design area, where I heard a little painting session was taking place. Three of our talented graphic designers were busy at work, turning light pink ballet slippers into pieces of magic. Paints and paintbrushes were spread all about, and each girl had set their focus towards the craft. One worked on floral prints, one perfected calligraphic phrases and words, while the other blended paints into soft watercolor stains. As they worked, I watched their talent come to life. I wanted to dig deeper into their process, so I asked each girl what inspired their designs.
Music inspires dance. I imagined making a playlist of my favorite songs and how the lyrics could be written in a way that displays the movement of a dancer. I wanted to have the words be read and be reminiscent of a moment of movement. I wanted to spark memories of dance through songs.
Ballet shoes are all about the beauty in movement. I pictured the dancer and the ballet shoes twirling, and it reminded me of the vast and endless landscape that surrounds us, from one end to another, almost forming a circular earth.
I wanted her to never stop dancing.
I found inspiration in vintage rugs , botanicals, and Henri Matisse’s paper cutouts– I love this simple, collaged feeling. Each slipper started with a white acrylic outline of a floral bouquet and was layered with watercolor, leaving a white border for that paper cutout feel. I finished each slipper by hand embroidering a stitch here and there. Hope you love them as much as I do— They were so fun to create!
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