Shoe Strings on a Show String Budget

14 Jun

It’s time for another suggestion on how to be creative on a shoe-string budget.

It’s Two-Cent Tuesday!

Don’t let this idea run away from you.

It doesn’t take many supplies to design and bling up your own shoes. 

Sure these new running shoes have flair in their constructive design. 

The colors are bright and the combination of materials are cool.

Even the tread on the bottom have a sence of design.

But, you don’t have to settle for the product that is offered on the store shelves.

You can brighten up your own shoes and give them a splash of your reflective personality by simply changing up the laces. Most

Shoes with personality.

running shoes and casual sneakers lead themselves to this type of switch-out. Because children have changing tastes and outfits, changing their shoe laces out to match seems almost logical to include a new look.  You can buy laces already dyed and decorated or…you can be creative and design your own look.

You can brighten up a pair of sneakers with this inexpensive idea.  Try using permanent markers, or fabric paints on plain white laces.  Place your shoe lace on top of a grocery paper bag work surface and tape the ends secure to it so that your lace is daunt and flat.  Decorate your lace with simple designs such as dots, X’s, stripes, or curved lines.  Maybe try to experiment with pre-dyed lace, ribbon, glitter or hot glue elements.

It’s just a fun way to mix up your footwear art, show a more whimsical side and perhaps coordinate with an ever-changing mood or wardrobe.  Don’t worry about ever obtaining too many laces while doing these projects.  There is also inspiration that you can get from artist Sheila Pepe. Enjoy her creativity and enjoy the challenge of using shoe laces.

From artist : Sheila Pepe.  You will find this posted on Detroit Chic website: detroit (All photos below taken by Colleen Davis and Detroit Chic, courtesy of Sheila Pepe)

Colleen Thumbnail Sheila Pepe’s work has drawn critical acclaim across the nation for its vibrant living feel.  However, to truly understand her work fully you must look at her history.   She began working in large spaces with crocheting in 1994, which she learned from her mother. To incorporate her father’s side of the family, Sheila decided to begin using shoelaces in her art since her grandfather owned a shoe company in Manhattan, thus making her work more autobiographical.  In 1995, Sheila Pepe received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sheila approaches her installations as drawings and brings a 3 dimensional life to each by creating structures made with objects that could be found in a kitchen drawer. These created shapes that bring life to negative spaces could be described as tents or hammocks and are focused on breathing character to the shadows made. Her pieces do not only focus on the physical creation itself, but also the transformation of the space around it. 

      While living on the Wayne State University Campus, I had the opportunity to visit the Elaine L. Jacobs exhibit Drawing in Space: An Installation by Sheila Pepe. I was expecting a few paintings, or even a small 3 dimensional structure of two. Instead, I was completely enthralled by the mesmerizing labyrinth I encountered. 

      Stretching from pole to pole is a spun web of color. But you won’t find an insect traversing It’s beauty. The hanging shoestrings are like an oozing dripping venom in a toxic bright maze; A majestic torrent of color winding its way through the otherwise blank and arid room. A Rainbow of sorts; Blue to red, yellow and orange to purple.  The viewer’s eye is drawn to the knotted creation and the empty blue “dream catcher” like circle in the centre, mirrored by a colorful oval shape to its left with surrounding knots and rhetorical elements at the end of each string. At first I was slow to notice that the knots, and creation in its entirety, is fashioned out of shoestrings. Hundreds of knotted shoestrings tied together to form a net; A hammock, a colorful webbed haven. The 3D effect is enhanced by the maze of shadows cascaded around the floor and walls.

                   A vivid web
       Pictured: Drawing In Space 1 – A brilliant dangling web of shoestrings and colorful material, Drawing In Space resembles a rope bridge or spider web of a surrealist’s dream.

      A feeling of safety is felt when I stand staring at it. Looking from above, the observer can clearly see there must have been much effort and time taken to create such a sight. When sitting underneath and staring up, a feeling of vulnerability takes over with a calming torrent of color weaving its web above with a dizzying effect. I welcome the thought that it could fall on top of me at any moment, layering me with color, letting me become a piece of it.
                     Thorny toxic purple vines
       Pictured: Drawing In Space 2 – Purple ropes swarm like toxic venom or perfumed jungle flowers.

      Pepe has transformed a blank canvas into a lit room filled with dancing color and shades. As an artist trying to make it in the hectic and competitive environment of Detroit, I can truly appreciate the stimulation of senses felt while interacting with this piece. The magnificence of this woven light and shadow, is indeed a drawing in space.

                  A web of color
       Pictured: Drawing In Space 3 – A brilliant azure circular web pattern conjures up images of dew and, perhaps, flying saucers.

Let me know if you have ever noticed fun shoe laces, tried to decorate laces, have worn fun laces or are ready to crochet shoe laces like Sheila! Be Creative Everyday!


14 Responses to “Shoe Strings on a Show String Budget”

  1. clubcreativestudio July 1, 2011 at 4:25 AM #

    Yes, Maureen, that was a great “invention” to figure out that those spring-type shaped laces could work as function but, also add a sense of whimsy.

  2. clubcreativestudio July 1, 2011 at 4:23 AM #

    I used to lace my shoes the opposite direction on some of my shoes- do you think that was another sign of being the creative one?

  3. clubcreativestudio July 1, 2011 at 4:21 AM #

    You know, we see fun-colored and pre-decorated laces in the stores now but, how unique if we made our own instead.

  4. clubcreativestudio July 1, 2011 at 4:19 AM #

    You know it, Donna- all one has to do is merely open their eyes, their mind and finally…their heart.

  5. clubcreativestudio June 16, 2011 at 10:58 PM #

    I didn’t touch on the design creativeness of shoes yet (that will have to be another post) but, I thought that I could start off small and post something about laces. Glad that I did, that is how I came about learning of thes hoe string artist I featured.

  6. clubcreativestudio June 16, 2011 at 10:53 PM #

    Yes, I found it to be an interesting medium- shoe strings crocheted together from Shiela the artist.. I would have loved to see that in person.

  7. clubcreativestudio June 16, 2011 at 10:52 PM #

    I have seen those curly laces- they are dyed to be colorful too. Someone was inventive in discovering how to make those. They are especially good for small children in mind who are not old enough to know how to tie their own shoes yet. And, on the other end of the age spectrum… I should invest in a pair myself and have those on hand when I am too old to bend over to tie my own laces- they would come in handy.

  8. clubcreativestudio June 16, 2011 at 10:48 PM #

    Thanks for commenting Donna, it is so fun to write about everyday creative things we can notice right before our eyes.

  9. clubcreativestudio June 16, 2011 at 10:47 PM #

    Great idea Tambre- someone can get shoe size information in advance of party and have the decorated shoes as a “favor”! I’d go to one of those parties!

  10. Tambre Leighn June 15, 2011 at 7:35 AM #

    I barely have time to tie my shoelaces these days, never mind decorate them! Cute ideas especially for parents…might make a good birthday party activity.

  11. Donna B June 15, 2011 at 2:07 AM #

    Thanks for sharing this post. Art is all around us isn’t it.

  12. Maureen Hunter June 15, 2011 at 1:47 AM #

    I love coloured shoelaces, but I especially like the short that have some ‘bounce’ elastic in them so you just pull them up and they stay there – awesome.
    Creative artists have so much flair – amazing string art
    Thanks for the post

  13. Roberta June 14, 2011 at 7:01 PM #

    Children will love it and I love the string art – I so believe in it. Another great post. thanks

  14. Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A. June 14, 2011 at 5:01 PM #

    Great post! What a wonderful way for our kids to demonstrate their different-ness via their shoelaces! and, how they can dress up just a plain pair of sneakers!
    Thanks for this creative post.

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