In 2013, one hundred married couples in twelve countries responded to an instruction to each make a single brown shoe using materials found around their homes. They were asked not to discuss the project with their partners and to make their shoe in secret. The shoes were revealed only once both were completed.
One hundred pairs of mismatched, hand-made brown shoes, made in secret by married couples around the world.
Made from cat food boxes, packing tape, knitting, childhood sneakers, stolen office supplies, plate steel, Cuban cigars, animal crackers, nut shells, and a thousand other odds and ends found in the house, each pair of shoes might be seen as a portrait – of two individuals, of one couple, and of the difference between the two.
The designs are funny and interesting. Lenka Clayton’s collection “One Brown Shoe” is both romantic and joyful.
A portable exhibition (beautiful boxed catalogie of double-sided cards) for this project is available. The cards are of high quality and the box is elegant.
A pair of shoes, a couple of hearts… Are there similarities?
In order to see the other shoes in the collection of the artist, please click here.
Images: Lenka Clayton