These shoes are truly fascinating works of art! They are created by visual artist and photographer Marina Dempster. Marina was born in Mexico, to British and French parents, but has lived in Canada since the age of three.
The main focus of her visual art work is a contemporary translation of the pre-Columbian Huichol (Mexican Indian) tradition of “yarn painting” in which she prepares 3D forms with a new skin of bees wax and pine resin. She then meticulously embeds yarns, beads and other items such as feathers, porcupine quills – even false teeth! – using her fingers and other tools.
Marina uses objects such a mannequin legs, glove moulds and shoe lasts, and now shoes themselves, as the basis for her art works.
Marina says of her work:
“My current series draws from a fascination with the idea of shoes being an extension of the body through which we transmit information to the brain about the terrain over which we travel. The confounding high-heel, while being everything that pinches, elevates us in inches, and inevitably makes us more sensitive to the ground we walk on.”
If jewellery is your thing, why not pop on over to my Etsy shop and find something to express your individuality, and if you like what you see perhaps you’d also like to check out my Facebook page and give it a ‘like’. I would love to hear from you!