I am getting to an age where more and more of my friends are getting married (2013 was the year of the gift list). Getting to know friends as part of a couple is an interesting experience, seeing how their personalities manifest separately and together in this new context. Longtime friend of the site Lenka Clayton has found an innovative way to explore this idea in her new project One Brown Shoe. She asked 100 married couples around the world to make a single brown shoe using materials found in their houses. They were asked to do this in secret and not discuss the project with their significant other. The results came in various shapes and sizes, made from materials as varied as cat food boxes to Cuban cigars.
They were brought together in an exhibition and a beautiful limited-edition boxed catalogue are a fascinating insight into the creative expression of the participants, and both the similarities and differences tell us something about their relationships.
“Each pair of shoes might be seen as a portrait,” Lenka says, “of two individuals, of one couple, and of the difference between the two.”
- National Geographic’s creative director Emmet Smith on the publication’s redesign
- Leon Mark’s refined and infinitely stylish photography
- Sophie Harris-Taylor shares anecdotes and insights from her photo series, Sisters
- Designer Anatole Couteau's technical approach lets him communicate simply and precisely
- A peek inside Hicham Amrani's trippy new comic Svend & Xanax
- Friday Mixtape: The Orielles mix for "good times with good people"
- Pentagram rebrands Battersea dogs and cats home to visualise "personality over sentiment"
- Craig Oldham dishes out brutally honest advice to new graphic designers
- ManvsMachine create its most ambitious campaign for Air Max Day yet
- V&A announces shortlist for its Illustration Awards 2018
- Ten examples of rare letterings, from 19th-century alphabets to preliminary drawings of Futura
- Bad week for art world as Jeff Koons piece is smashed and imitation Happy Meal thrown away