Recently I had the opportunity to tangle some shoes for a friend who is part of the ‘Muses’ Mardi Gras crew. They hand out (not throw) decorated shoes rather than beads. I finished doing 6 shoes for her.
The first shoe I did was a black heel using a gold metallic paint pen for the tangle design I planned following the contours of the shoe. I also tangled on the heel itself. Then I used gold paint on the inside and black with gold specks alphabet letters to adhere the word “Muses”.
Then I did a light pink canvas shoe whereupon I followed the stitching to plot out my design. A black Sharpie marker worked well on the outside. I also painted the inside with black paint and used various colored Sharpies for decorating the patterned bottom of the shoe. I later added black paint to the area of the bottom which is still gray in picture. Again the word “Muses” is on the shoe.
I followed much the same process for the tan heel and the blue canvas shoe.
Finally, I was fortunate to tangle one of my partner’s baby shoes which she had just found. A black Sharpie worked beautifully on both the shoe and the shoelace after being washed.
Making these shoes for the Mardi Gras Parade was a new and intriguing project for me. I enjoyed the creativity and imagination needed to decide the pattern for each shoe so it flowed in a natural way with the actual physical design of the shoe.
I have used these pictures in both my Project Life album and for The Documented Life Project. In addition, they are now a part of my partner’s memoirs.