Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - A set of illustrated shoe cards with an instruction booklet to discover yourself via all types of shoes. Written by Birgit Faschinger-Reitsam and illustrated by Sabine Paul. Learn more about yourself though these cards. A perfect gift for fiends and shoe lovers!
Schuhrakel
Schuhrakel

Shoe cards with tips and recipes for body, mind, soul and feet
Who am I? Answers to this probably most important question of life can be found in philosophy, in cardholders or - in these 44 shoe cards, with unusual shoe illustrations that illuminate all aspects of femininity. Humorous wrapped wisdom opens up new perspectives and encourages you to let go of 'old shoes'. Discover sensuous, feminine and effective ways to face the challenges of everyday life in a surprisingly elegant way. Tips, tricks and secrets for women who no longer want to go over and invite more self-esteem.

In this set of cards you will discover lots of wonderful illustrated shoes from the Virtual Shoe Museum, which were used for inspiration, like: 'Miao' shoes by Kobi Levi, 'Crocheted peeptoe' by Olek, the extreme 'Heels the Feet' by Aoi Kotsuhiroi and the Day°Dreamed by Janine van den Bosch. They illustrate feelings like for example respect & empathy.

The authors, both based in Munich, Germany:

Blogger and author Birgit Faschinger-Reitsam
She grew up in a parental hotel in the center of Munich, where she was able to gain intensive experience by meeting guests from all over the world. After graduating from high school, she studied sociology while at the same time devoting herself to her passion at that time, the oriental belly dance, teaching and performing.
After a detour to the real estate industry, she has been a successful business woman in the area of occupational pensions in the insurance sector since 1989. In addition, Birgit Faschinger-Reitsam has worked intensively with yoga, far eastern fighting and energy techniques, qigong but also with wood sculpting, nude drawing and the topic of femininity. She loves to dance tango with her husband, and through her preoccupation with her foot problems, which forced her into an involuntary tango break, found her calling: to combine body knowledge with her ability to write about it. She is a blogger and author. It was probably her preoccupation with her body and the art that contributed to Birgit Faschinger-Reitsam learning to listen and to see. Things and bodies are not pure matter for them. They tell her stories that she curiously questions and explores, rather than dismissing them as fantasies. Her teacher is the language. Be it the deeper meaning of some simply said phrases, be it the body language or the language of things. All this knowledge has flowed into the suggestions and practical tips on the shoe squeegee cards.

Painter and graphic artist, Sabine Paul
Even at school, her works adorned the walls of the schoolhouse. She had a creative career: after the FOS design and training as a photographer, she moved to the United States to study graphic design at the California College of Art and Craft, SF + Oakland. Back in Munich, she worked in Schwabing in an advertising agency. Until 2009, she led the traditional restaurant, Burg Pilgersheim, for 8 years. By the way, she was an independent graphic designer. In the WIRKSÄTTE, her shop, she devoted herself to textile design. Social involvement is important to her, she supports the art forum HMP with her work and implements creative projects at a middle school with her pupils.
Sabine Paul is a picture creator. When you paint objects on paper and canvas, they do not simply depict, they give things a soul. In doing so she approaches a theme with quickly made sketches. After that, she needs distance, which allows her to question her ideas and find the appropriate technique. Only then will the designs be implemented. At the same time, Sabine Paul does not shy away from rejecting already well-advanced works, and then completing them with a new perspective.

The making of Schuhrakel
Countless shoes first needed to be viewed, photographed, analyzed and selected, until at the end 44 meaningful models, with the right message, were found. Most of the shoes, while held in oil on canvas, have undergone a transformation: they have been fitted with new materials, heels and colors. Sabine's imagination did not stop at feathers, clouds or strawberry-cream biscuits.

Using Schuhrakel
The authors suggest choosing a shoe model that appeals to you and then reading the corresponding description in the companion book. You can use the cards set the way you like it, because in the end it will work out the same way. Because the beauty of such affirmations in connection with a detailed accompanying text is that we automatically feel attracted to the statement that suits us best at the moment. These cards are not Tarot cards: they don't 'predict the future'. Affirmations can help us to enrich our daily flood of thoughts with some valuable, positive thoughts. With fortune-telling or divination, these cards have nothing to do.

Reviews and recommendations
• The participants of my foot lessons had a lot of fun.
• Great source of inspiration!
• I'll take the cards directly to a friend tonight and we'll celebrate together in front of the fireplace with a cheese plate and red wine.
• What a great idea!
• We had an almost philosophical evening thanks to these cards.

Product information
Cards: 44 illustrated shoe cards
Booklet: 108 pages
Publisher: Frauenschuh-Verlag
Language: German
ISBN 10: 9783981923803
ISBN-13: 9783981923803
ASIN: 3981923804
Size : 10.1 x 3.2 x 13.7 cm

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Monday, September 24, 2018 - Saturday 29 september at 16.00 the Virtual Shoe Museum and Paper Art & Design organise an unique exhibition about paper shoes. An exhibition about fashion, the environment and paper shoes in the headlights of our cultural history. What can you expect? A complete research for a wearable and circular shoe. Chinese offering paper shoes. Boots, stilettos and slippers made from vintage paper. Cardboard sneakers. And more to see… so come, see, walk and admire!
See, walk and admire!
See, walk and admire!

Participating designers and artists of See, walk and admire!
Petra Beins, Marloes ten Böhmer, Jennifer Collier, Naoto Fukasawa, Peter Jakubik, Heleen Overbeek, Marielle Wichards, Tea Petrovic, Don Kilpatrick, Mark O'Brien, Jurjen Semeijn, Benyamin Tesfai, Elisabeth Thorsten, Marie Verstegen and Lenie Voortman.

Paper Art & Design!
A gallery, shop and workshop for art and objects made out of paper. It is situated in what was formerly Vroom Modemagazijn established on Weimarstraat in 1936 and is now the new centre for art and culture in The Hague.

Paper Art & Design offers a platform for expositions and sales to national and international artists working with paper or cardboard. The exposition room consists of large display windows directly facing the street and the front part of the large space. Lately we have seen many developments regarding paper art and design. An increasing number of artists and designers are using the unique characteristics of paper; and Paper Art & Design strives to propagate the properties and versatility of paper.

Loes Schepens, artist and owner of the gallery
My work can be seen as a memory or an emotion. I frequently use handmade paper that I make my self, a process that has to form and develop. I also work with re-used paper such as the tatters of a book, which relates directly to the content of the artwork.

Paper making is labour-intensive, even more so if you make it from durable materials such as cotton and flax. Paper has its limitations and also its own language. You cannot make any shape you wish but you can try manipulating it until you discover new techniques which get you what you are looking for. The challenge lies in the making of your own paper, so that you can explore the boundaries of the material. The really attractive aspect of paper is that it is fragile, vulnerable and translucent, it has its unique physicality. For me paper has an association with both the evanescence and the finite. I try to catch its vulnerability in form, with pulp: conceptualising, binding, folding, sewing. It evolves from the ephemeral to the timeless. Design strives to propagate the properties and versatility of paper.

Liza Snook, founder Virtual Shoe Museum
Liza Snook has been collecting everything related to shoes since the study at the Royal Academy of Art. To share her passion, more than ten years ago she founded the Virtual Shoe Museum with the help of her partner Taco Zwaanswijk. A website with designer shoes from almost all shoe designers. Museums around the world ask Liza to program exhibitions about shoes in art and design. In addition, she also works for Workman Publishers in New York as image researche , judges at design schools in the Netherlands and abroad and she helps young designers at the start of their careers.

Heleen Overbeek, designer Foot-Print
As a shoe designer, Heleen Overbeek examines how your shoes can be less environmentally damaging. She wants to calculate in the design how long a shoe should last. That is why Heleen designs shoes that can be used for a maximum of 30 days from degradable material such as paper. If they are worn, you can have them recycled by simply throwing the shoes in the paper bin. So Heleen makes your shoes from tomorrow out of your shoes yesterday. The paper disposable shoes from this exhibition come from the projects Foot-Print (2016) and EXP: RED (2018).

Loes Schepens | Paper Art & Design
Paper Art & Design
Paper Art & Design
Weimarstraat 56
2562 GZ The Hague
The Netherlands

Opening exhibition: Saturday 29 September, 16.00 uur.
Exhibition is on show till January 5th 2019.

Lectures Liza Snook & Heleen Overbeek Saturday 27 October, 16.00 uur.

Opening hours gallery
Thursday 12-5 PM
Friday 12-5 PM
First Saturday of the month 12-5 PM
T +31 (0)6 246 38 700

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 - nat-2™ launches vegan sneakers made from real coffee & real grass. German high end sneaker brand nat-2™ presents vegan luxury sneakers. The result looks anything but the usual eco stuff.
Wake Up Sneakerheads!
Wake Up Sneakerheads!

Coffee
The 100% vegan, unisex sneaker’s uppers are made from real sustainable recycled coffee, coffee beans and coffee plant, which covers up to 50% of the shoe’s surface, depending on each style. The coffee is applied to a layer and got the natural coffee scent. The feel is very smooth and fine, while you can smell the coffee and see the material’s natural texture. The patented material was developed in Germany and the final sneakers are 100% handmade in Italy and produced under fair conditions in a new family-run high-tech facility. The type of coffee used varies upon a sustainable availability.
To order: vegan luxury sneakers made from real coffee

Grass
German high end sneaker brand nat-2™ presents vegan luxury sneakers made from real grass, from Austrian or Bavarian meadow hayfield.
The 100% vegan, unisex sneaker’s uppers are made from real sustainable recycled hay, grass and flowers which cover up to 50% of the shoe’s surface, depending on each style. The hayfield is pressed and applied to a layerbase and got the natural mountain scent. The feel is very unique and natural, while you can smell the alpine hayfield and see the material’s natural texture. The patented material was developed in Germany and Austria while the final sneakers are 100% handmade in Italy and produced under fair conditions in a new family-run high-tech facility.
To order: vegan luxury sneakers made from real grass

All shoes are 100% vegan and equipped with a soft padded, anti-bacterial real cork insole. The glue is free from animal ingredients, the outsoles are made from real rubber and the upper features nat-2™ signature reflective glass details for a better visibility and a techy look. The parts looking like suede or nappa leather are made from recycled PET bottles.

nat-2™ | German engineered high-end sneakers
A luxury state of the art footwear brand based in Munich, Germany. Driven by true innovation x supreme quality. Founder and designer Sebastian Thies has risen from one of the oldest shoe-dynasties in Europe, representing the 6th generation shoemaker & -creator since 1856.

More sneakers by nat-2 at the VirtualShoeMuseum.

Monday, August 06, 2018 - Amsterdam introduces the Gumshoe, a sneaker with soles made from chewing gum taken from the city’s streets. Designed in collaboration with the companies Publicis One, Explicit Wear and Gum-tec®. The sneaker is meant to raise awareness of the city of Amsterdam’s gum litter problem in a creative and positive way.  
Gumshoe - for the sole purpose of clean streets
Gumshoe - for the sole purpose of clean streets

The streets of the Netherlands accumulate about 1.5 million kilo’s of chewing gum annually! Costing the Dutch municipalities millions of euro’s to remove and clean it. With gumshoe, the Amsterdam metropolitan area aims to stimulate its citizens with a surprising innovation.

Publicis One and Gum-tec® developed a new type of rubber made of chewing gum, which local shoe brand Explicit Wear used in the design for the sneaker, finished with the map of Amsterdam visible on its sole.

Amsterdam introduces the Gum shoe, a sneaker with soles made from chewing gum taken from the city’s streets. Designed in collaboration with Publicis One, Explicit Wear and Gum-tec®. The sneaker is meant to raise awareness of the city of Amsterdam’s gum litter problem in a creative and positive way.

Buy your Gumshoes here, we chewiate your support!
The sneakers will be available, in limited edition, at Gumshoe Amsterdam.

Photo © Gumshoe

Find more shoes made of Chewing gum at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Monday, May 28, 2018 - Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures sequel at Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem. Designers and artists from all over the world honour the iconic shoe designer Jan Jansen with unique works of art that have been designed and made specially for the Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures project. Every work of art is inspired by shoes in the private collection of Jan & Tonny Jansen. On show at Rozet in Arnhem. From June 2 till July 31 2018.
Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures at Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem
Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures at Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem

Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures at Rozet
The exhibition is an initiative by Amber Ambrose Aurèle (art historian and designer under her brand name) and Liza Snook (collector and founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum). For this project, Jan Jansen donated shoes from his private collection, consisting of more than 4.000 models. This includes the iconic 'What is this ?', the wooden clogs, the famous 'hovering wedge' and countless others. The artists had carte blanche to create new objects from the shoes. This resulted in one of a kind artworks, from sculptures with gold leaf to woodcuts and exuberant dolls.

Routing Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures
You will find the artworks from the 'Erfgoedmuseum in the basement', end of the hallway on the ground floor and on 3 floors, just follow our signs 1 till 18.

AmberAmbroseAurele
AmberVerstegen explores the boundaries between art and design under her own label Amber Ambrose Aurèle. She’s got two master’s degrees: one in shoe design from ArtEZ in Arnhem and one in art history from the University of Amsterdam. Her academic background is what makes her research unique, it resembles her vision on aesthetics and design. With her designs, she does not follow trends but makes shoes that are strongly rooted in concepts. She’s constantly questioning the status quo, such as that of the femme fatale and the femme fragile. Next to her work as a designer, she works as a teacher at several art academies in The Netherlands and China.

Liza Snook
Ever since her studies in graphic design at the Royal College in The Hague, Liza Snook collects anything and everything that has something to do with shoes. To share this passion with the world, she started the website Virtual Shoe Museum together with her partner Taco Zwaanswijk in 2004. For ten years now, she has been designing exhibitions around shoes that are involved in art and design by collaborating with museums worldwide. Next to that, she works closely together with Workman Publishers in New York, is a regular judge at international design schools and helps young designers find their way.

Artists and designers
ONA B. (Oostenrijk), Peter Dautzenberg (NL), Fantich&Young (UK), Liselore Frowijn (NL), Joyce de Gruiter (NL), Lok Jansen (Japan), Kei Kagami (Japan), Hetty Kelderman (NL), Bas Kosters (NL), Jasper Krabbé (NL), Costis Magarakis (Israël), Ted Noten (NL), Alet Pilon (NL), Elvira Rajek (Oostenrijk), Joop Rubens (NL), Ton van der Spruit (NL), Marie Verstegen (NL), Albert van der Weide (NL), Lie van der Werff (NL).

Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures exhibition
Form saturday 2 June till wednesday 1 July our exhibition is open to the public.

Location
Kortestraat 16, Arnhem

Opening hours
Monday 8:30AM–10PM
Tuesday 8:30AM–10PM
Wednesday 8:30AM–10PM
Thursday AM–10PM
Friday 8:30AM–10PM
Saturday 8:30AM–5PM
Sunday Closed

Publication No More Shoes
Order your catalgue No More Shoes or get your copy at the desk of ToArt at the Rozet, 3rd floor.

More information about Jan Jansen, the artworks and artists at janjansenshoetreasures.com.

Special thanks to
Jan & Tonny Jansen, Lok Jansen, Joyce de Gruiter & Peter Willemse, Eric Cox, Wouter van Raamsdonk, Marie & Hanny Verstegen, Charlotte Visser, Taco, Alaska and Loladina Zwaanswijk and to all artists who share our passion for shoes and have participed in the Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures project.

Photo Charlotte Visser: I choose comfort over fashion/I love a party where you can wear sandals/Let’s do it one time upside down by Bas Kosters.

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