Back to the Chicago Flower Show . . .
(I need to squeeze out one last Flower Show-related post!)
Last year at the Flower Show, I was pleased to discover a fiber arts exhibit by a group of women artists from the Chicago area, Women's Journeys in Fiber. (Last year's exhibit featured aprons.) I was so hoping that this year's show would feature a similar exhibit . . . and I was not disappointed!
This year, Women's Journeys in Fiber presented Footwear: Women's Stories. Each artist constructed a pair of women's footwear (shoes, boots, sandals, slippers, etc.) using a textile techinique (or more than one!) of their choice. The work was to tell the story of women through history for whom the "shoe" had a role in defining the individual or her destiny.
The pieces were remarkable!
Each shoe was a wonder; each story compelling. (For a full view of the exhibit, complete with stories and artists bios, click here.)
My favorite "shoe" was actually a sock. Designed by a knitter. With a story that will resonate with most of knitters I know: A story of the artist's life. . . as told in fair isle.
What really captured my attention with this one? Why, the needles left in at the top!
The artist left them there, intentionally. Because her story isn't over yet. She's still knitting her life -- and she has so much more to add!
I was so glad to find this year's exhibit. The shoes definitely fit!