A co-worker wears these amazing shoes she finds online at bucketfeet.com. She saw a notice encouraging artists to submit their designs — and mentioned it to me. Maybe because I have lots of doodles of the Zentangle variety pinned in my cube. I never got around to submitting art at bucketfeet, but I thought that it’d be fun to draw on shoes. I mean, why not? It’s a canvas, right?
I offered to doodle all over a pair of sneakers for her. She looked around for a comfortable pair, and then delivered them to me.
I thought about them. I worried about them. What if I made a mistake? I didn’t want to ruin a good pair or new shoes! I reminded myself that there’s no wrong way to do art, and I eventually broke it down to one section at a time. I could do one section, right? I was pleased enough with my first attempt that I moved on to another, then another. Until I got stuck and put them away.
Another coworker with whom I work also Zentangles, and while in a meeting I was surreptitiously watching her add lines to a doodle in the corner of her notepad. Seeing her design develop, I felt that jolt of inspiration. Last night I completed the project and brought the shoes in to work for my wild-shoe-sporting coworker.
My son donated the shoelaces and taught me the vertical bar method of lacing shoes.
Looks like I’m now on the hook to create a pair for both my son and my youngest daughter. What fun!