Monday, 16 April 2007

The shoes that go with the dress

I made these shoes some years ago. They are made from tissue paper, the lightest and most translucent of papers. Light and lightness interest me here. I wanted to explore the paper’s characteristics, using them, heightening them, changing them. The feel of the paper, the way it almost disintegrates when handled with the glue (which is applied individually to each tiny scrap), makes for a slow and painstaking process. The shoes are built up from one or two layers of paper, just enough to hold their shape. To make objects from this very perishable, fragile and non-precious material is almost paradoxical, as the objects made become precarious and precious in turn.

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