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Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Seeing stars (again)

Once again, I painted a pair of thrifted shoes using Jacquard Lumiere and Neopaque paints. They were white.

And now they are gray with a touch of purple added (a color that my friend calls 'mouse scrotum' – I don’t want to know how she came up with this description). Since I can’t leave well enough alone and have an addiction to stars, each got a large purple star on them, bravely painted free-hand.

As with my other shoe-painting projects, I took inspiration from late 1960s-early 1970s shoes (previous projects include clogs, sandals, bowling shoes, and spectator shoes).

Of course the best star shoes, actually boots, are featured in the counter-culture ‘fashion’ magazine, Rags. Started by Baron Wolman, photo editor of Rolling Stone magazine in the late 1960s, it was published from June 1970 to July 1971 in San Francisco. It recognized that the coolest clothes were coming from the street and influencing designers and not the other way around.

Rags was a treasure trove of editorials and information on the latest boutiques (for example, where to get Moroccan caftans, antique military uniforms and the latest hippie fashion from London) as well as popular culture and do-it-yourself clothing and crafts. I was lucky enough to have access to all 13 issues recently and took lots of photos that I’d love to share, but can't without the publisher’s permission. Luckily, many of the articles are published on the Rags Lives! blog. This is the article on shoe-painting that got me started and it features the star-decorated boots. 

In a complete coincidence, I just happened upon an announcement of the opening of "The Groupies," an exhibition of Wolman’s photos, taking place at a gallery in London. My boyfriend A. and I will be at the private view on Thursday where Wolman will be in attendance.

Linking to Faith, Hope and Charity Shopping’s Ta-Dah! Tuesday.

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Reader Comments (6)

Cool, you showed the before and after for those shoes. You paint the body of them so well, one can't even tell they were ever white.
Have a wonderful night with your A man!

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

Nice job on the shoes!
I have never heard of Rags, it sounds great. Hope you and A enjoy the exhibition. xxxx

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpastcaring

So much better than white! You chose "Handmade by Carolyn"'s favorite color. I forget what she calls it - a mixture of purple, gray, brown that she loves and says goes with everything. And yeah for eliminating Catcha - it was a bitch!

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpao

Excellent job on the mouse scrotum shoes! Rags sounds incredible, I'm off to discover more.
Have a great time at the exhibition, it sounds fab, you'll have to tell me all about it when we get together! xxx

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Chortle at 'mouse scrotum' - we should suggest it as a shade to Farrow and Ball, I believe they already have 'elephant's breath'! Rags sounds like a good read and I like the sound of the exhibition.

Love the transformation!! Well done!! I MUST find Rags somewhere. Didn't know about it. Have fun at the exhibition and tell us all about it.

October 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJean at Dross into Gold

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