'Star Child Shoes' is an initiative from Janet Middleton, aimed at raising funds for the charity 'Hands Up for Uganda', a charity founded by textile artist Bobby Britnell.
Hands up for Uganda is a small personal charity which works at grass roots level with the people of Kisaabwa, Uganda, helping them towards a sustainable future. This is done through various projects and with a guarantee that every penny raised gets out to Uganda.
This particular initiative focuses on a creative craft link between Star Child Shoes and traditional crafts and materials from the village of Kisaabwa. Artists have been asked to decorate and embellish a piece of bark cloth in any way they liked and the pieces will be made into 'Art Shoes' by Janet and be part of two ICHF exhibitions in 2014 in Birmingham and London.
I love the whole idea, and have been toying with using barkcloth for a while. So this small project gave me an opportunity to enjoy myself and add a small amount to a much larger initiative.
To begin with I was a little stumped on what to do. The cloth is so lovely in it's own right. My daughter solved that - she wanted me to use Angelina fibre and metal cloth, to layer them and cut back through the barkcloth to reveal to iridescent fibres and the metal. In fact she was so determined, she fused the Angelina for me.
What to use as a pattern?? As the pieces are to be cut into to make the shoes, I thought that I needed to use some dense, overall stitching so that it wouldn't matter which sections Janet has to use for the shoes, and not too much loose stitch in case it all falls to pieces when cut into. So I reverted to a common theme of mine - bark. (Seemed appropriate enough).
|Bark Cloth with Angelina and bronze by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden|
I can am really looking forward to seeing the shoes by so many different artists.
After my thoughts in the last post about the difference in feeling between hand and machine stitching, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed sitting out in the sun doing the hand stitching, whereas having to be inside to do the machine work was not quite the same!