2007

Ballet Series, 2007. Ballet Series, 2007. Ballet Series, 2007.
Ballet Series, 2007.

The Ballet Series was a progression from the leather shoe, having been trained as a dancer, I always wondered what made the Pointe shoes so hard. Taking the shoes apart I found different flowering forms and decided to treat the Ballet shoe as though it were a flower, from being a bud, into full bloom.

Ballet Series, 2007. (Detail) Ballet Series, 2007. (Detail) Ballet Series, 2007. (Detail)
Ballet Series, 2007. (Detail)

Ballet Dancer, 2007.
Ballet Dancer, 2007.

Ballet Dancer was created from the remnants of the Ballet Series. The idea was to give the feeling of movement and rhythm using the sole of the shoe wrapped with netting and elastic.

Untitled, 2007.
Untitled, 2007.

Clams, 2007.

Clams, 2007.

These pieces came about by exploring the different forms that could be made with the Pointe shoe and then by covering it with wax it became more sensuous. At this point in time I had been reading books on shells and sea life and even bought a crab (dead of course) to photograph and take apart.