In my last newsletter I set you all a little challenge, which was to send in a description of yourself as a shoe. This is a great exercise, to show you a way to relate what we see to what we feel, and then dilute it into something which we can incorporate into our own designs.
I have been overwhelmed with your replies, and I have to say had a little giggle at some of your wonderful descriptions. As promised, here is the second part to the challenge.
You now need to re-look at your description, and then take a moment to list some key points; for example;
- I, Della Lavers, am a magical pair of shoes. I change shape and colour every
hour of every day. Not due to indecision but to my renewed love of spontaneity
and non-conformity .The one constant theme is the colour red, whether the
whole shoe or merely accented with diamante, ribbons or buckles. This shows my
impulsiveness whilst maintaining set boundaries.
- Michelle Perry writes; "I am my wedding shoes, hand made sole for extra comfort made of suede, beautiful swarovski alabaster crystals attached for that added glam and sparkle factor catching all the lights and colours surrounding them. My toes beautifully lye under the crystals where they sparkle all the time, they are silver to incorporate the shoes. They are comfort made in silver extra soft leather. They are 6 inches high and are extra comfortable "
Della could list the words; red, ribbons, buckles, diamante, multi coloured, structure
Michelle Perry's words could be; swarovski crystals, sparkle, silver, suede, 6 inch heels (Sharpe points)
Once you have made a list of some key points you can use these points to create a design nail.
The point of this exercise is to make a salon viable design from your inspiration, to tap it your imagination and then use the key points of your thoughts to create a design nail. this nail shouldn't represent you, we have only used an easy subject ...'US'...! to glean our inspiration, from their we use the words in our personal statement to build on our design.
Let me show you further.......below is my original description, and i have added an image on my salon viable design nail using only some of the points from this description. what is fantastic is that i can reuse my shoe description to produce another completely different look.
I, Sam Biddle, am a flip flop, a beautifully colourful crafted comfortableMy list would contain; multi coloured, glittery, flip flop, thong, colours on a bed of black.
sole for my painted toe nails with bright nail art to lye into, the thongs
are adorned with jewels and ribbon. My flip flop allows me to be close to
the earth, and free to express my creativity, the colour is only partially on view unless I kick them off and allow others to see the real me inside.
So i am now going to create a nail, which has a smile line to represent the thong of my flip flop, the colours which are sparkly, and have a shimmer are lying on a bed of black. The marbling could represent my creativity.
Now once you have done this nail, send me your pictures along with the description to email@example.com I will feature these on my blog later in the year, and with your permission use some of the best examples one in my New workbook.