Thursday, February 23, 2012

German Fashion Designer creates Shoes from Real Hooves and Dead Animals

These are some of the freakiest shoes that I have ever set eyes on. Made by German designer Iris Shieferstein, the footwear is really created from body parts of dead animals. She used horse hooves and skin, snake skin and even entire dead birds as decorations.
I actually doubt there are lots of people out there willing to walk around with a pair of stuffed birds on their feet, but that isn’t stopping 45-year-old Iris Shieferstein from using all sorts of dead animal parts to build unique shoes. She agrees her creations are not exactly as comfortable as trainers, but she still wears them around the house. The designer says that her footwear is mostly meant for ‘aesthetic pleasure’. The animal shoes have been displays at exhibitions around the world and Dolce & Gabanna have even created a range based on her designs. But so far, no company has had the courage to make them for the general public.
Some of Iris’s notable collections include a pair made from a chestnut steed with no heels so the person wearing them wants to balance on their toes, another pair made from cream horse fur with bone used for the heel and a zip up front, and also the stuffed dove shoes – in which the wearer needs to slide their toes between the bird’s legs. While some might find this really weird, Iris is beautiful excited about her footwear creations. “When I’ve got the dove shoes on that are made from real birds, I feel like I’m flying,” she says.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Artist disappear in the Background of Her working

Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes uses a mix of make-up, paint and costumes to build herself disappear in her own paintings. Like the real-life invisible man, Liu Bolin, she is a head of blending-in the background.

Paredes explains her method as a way of making herself part of the landscape in a quest of belonging”. “The theme behind all is re-location after displacement and migration and how one has to alter in order to belong. Tough it is, but it has to be done, without forgetting our origin,” the artist explains. With the assist of her assistants, she applies make-up and body paint, and sometimes slips into special suits to make herself a topic of her own artworks. Unlike human chameleons like Liu Bolin, Cecilia Paredes sometimes likes to let her presence get notice by the viewer, by leaving her hair stand out and let them see the whites of her eyes, like in the artwork below.