February 15, 2014
Artist and shoe designer Elisabeth Thorsen crafts a fashion main course of delectable handmade footwear for her new exhibit at Fredrikstad Kunstforening in Norway with collaborators photographer Tonje Kornelie and designer Mari Jaeger.
Thorsen’s approach comes from a lyrical context of Russian fairy tales, precious materials, and reimagining vintage chair legs cobbled into artisan heels. The overall effect straddles fashion into art creating provocative designs that collectors may wear or just frame to satisfy their appetites. Visit madebybetty.com to view more images and read about the exhibition.
The materials used in this shoe are from an antique handwoven carpet with vegetable-tanned leather. The heel is the leg of a vintage chair.
Leather crafted by hand, heels are designed by Thorsen and handmade by professional wood carvers. Inspiration came from the Russian fairytale ‘The tale of Tsar Saltan’.
Shoes with handmade pearl decorations made of fresh water pearls, antique beads, and golden thread. The decorations can be removed and the shoes refitted with new ornaments. Heels are designed by Thorsen and handmade by professional wood carvers.
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