Taking Risks in Art and Fashion

“I loathe fashion. I want to dress in a way that is becoming to me, whether it is the style of the hour or not. So it should be with all women, in my opinion.” -Natacha Rambova

Creativity comes in handy, sometimes unexpectedly. I recently brought home a pair of wedge sandals with metallic khaki straps. Although I’d loved them in the store, the novelty soon wore off. Rather than bring them back, however, I decided to turn them into an art project.

I knew that taking markers to a perfectly good pair of sandals could be risky, in that the finished product might not look as wonderful as the image that existed in my head. This is the same type of risk any artist faces when presented with a blank canvas. However, with a bit of faith, the artist does the work regardless. Chuck Close once said, “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.”

The following images demonstrate how a pair of wedge sandals might go from blasé to rather funky.

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DURING
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AFTER
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VOILA! Creativity plus fashion equals a fun wardrobe.

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6 comments

  1. I love how you turned these sandals into an art piece! Now you know you’re going to have to charge your collectors quadruple what you paid for them! Lol. These really look great, Gina Marie. I honestly don’t think I would have the guts to try this – yet your outcome looks fabulous!

  2. Thank you, Patricia! Sometimes it works, other times not so much. I once ruined a gorgeous pair of cowboy boots by covering them in a layer of gaudy gold acrylic. So I take the successes when they come — ha.

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