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.

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - To create a sneaker made from real stone was the common idea of the two German brands Roxxlyn® und nat-2™, which was born at a Paris Tradeshow. Nat-2™ is known for its groundbreaking innovations in the field of sneakers and footwear, the Berlin based company Roxxlyn® is acknowlegded for ist exclusive accessories made from stone. Now both brands have joined forces for this true 'German engineering' project and sneaker collection for women and men made from real stone.
Real Stone Sneakers by nat-2™ x Roxxlyn®
Real Stone Sneakers by nat-2™ x Roxxlyn®

Real slate stone has been made light, soft and flexible through a very complicated and state of the art technology, which was probably used the first time for footwear.
The luxurious sneakers are produced fair and by hand at small family run manufacturer in Italy and feature in addition to the real stone. Finest nappa leather and reflecting glass. The well known nat-2™ high end cupsole is 100% rubber.

Every pair is unique and 100% made in Italy.

The stone sneakers are not only extremely stylish, but also look and feel super soft and easy to handle.

The art on the shoe is also supposed to show that there are real alternatives to the common used materials in the commercial and luxury footwear- and fashion sector, showing that nature provides true natural resources for the way into the future. The unique unisex shoes were presented at Pitti Immagine Uomo in Florence, Italy June 2017.

You can order your pair at:
nat-2™
Roxxlyn®n

Monday, February 27, 2017 - Gallery Josilda da Conceição and visual artist Airco Caravan decided to organize the Nasty Woman Amsterdam - Fundraiser Art Exhibition. On show from March 4-12. More than 220 nasty women artists from 27 countries submitted more than 300 artworks. The curators selected 240 artworks that will be sold from 1 to 200 euros. Col-lec-tion by Virtual Shoe Museum is also part of this event, amongst well known artists like Tinkebell, Barbara Broekman, Guerrilla Girls, Simone van Saarloos and Sarah Maple.
Nasty Woman Amsterdam - Art Exhibition
Nasty Woman Amsterdam - Art Exhibition

ANTI-TRUMP ART BECOMES A WORLDWIDE MOVEMENT
Amsterdam is one of the 45 locations where Nasty Women Art Exhibition will be held. New York was the city where this anti-Trump art protest started. Soon other cities followed. Nasty Women is a global art movement that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. With over forty fundraising art exhibitions taking place around the United States and abroad, Nasty Women Exhibitions also serve to support organizations defending these rights and to be a platform for organization and resistance. Amsterdam, known as a tolerant, free, and gay friendly city, had to act. Soon there will be elections in the Netherlands and we are worried about growing populism, discrimination and misogyny too. So gallery owner Josilda da Conceição and visual artist Airco Caravan decided to organize the Amsterdam sister show.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS & LGBTQ
Nasty Women NYC was started by Roxanne Jackson and Jessamyn Fiore with a Facebook post that read: Hello female artists/curators! Lets organize a NASTY WOMEN group show!!! Who’s interested??? The massive response has taken this call to arms into an ever expanding network of Nasty Women Artists & Art Organizers all around the world. The New York exhibition raised $45.000 for Planned Parenthood with the sale of almost 1.000 artworks by 700 artsists.

In the Netherlands we experience more intolerance and populism. Just before the elections we want to show our solidarity with women’s rights, LGBTQ, individual rights.

This exhibition is a fundraiser
100% of sales will go to charity: Women on Waves, COC Amsterdam & Shedecides.eu

The sister shows are being held from San Francisco to London and from Melbourne to St. Petersburg.

More info about Nasty Women's Other Nasty Venues.

EXHIBITION
Nasty Women Amsterdam Art Exhibition
Josilda da Conceição Gallery
Wormerveerstraat 15, Amsterdam

The opening reception will be Saturday March 4, 4-8 pm

Opening hours: March 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2-5 PM and by appointment.
VIP-night (private) Saturday March 11.
The exhibition runs until March 12.

Col-lec-tion
Col-lec-tion makes illustrations with barbieshoes and sells postcards and artwork. In the near future we plan to to sell fabrics (shawls, shirts, bedlinnen), stationary (notebooks, calendars, diaries, wrapping paper...) and wallpaper as well. Col-lec-tion is founded by collector/curator Liza Snook (Virtual Shoe Museum) and designer/photographer Charlotte Visser.

Photo 'Make love not war' by Col-lec-tion, photo by Charlotte Visser.

latest acquisitions