‘A woman with good shoes is never ugly’, said Coco Chanel.
Designer Joyce de Gruiter can agree fully with that statement. Since the eighties she has worked as a photographer, was co-owner of art gallery Stelling, graphic designer, gold gilder in a restoration studio and now she designs and manufactures her own shoe collection Shoes 2 Make U Happy. Shoes not to wear, but to admire. Architectural forms that, through playful and sometimes ironic additions, undergo a metamorphosis. These shoe sculptures of wood, mixed media and resin are plated with 23.5 karat gold leaf, finished with pearlescent pigments and chromed and included in art collections national and international.
A motley collection of styles, materials and workmanship. High Heels as a special form of art.