What a merry dance shoes have led me on . . .
When I first put pen to paper in London in 2001 to write ‘A Passion for Shoes’ I would never have guessed that ten years later, on the other side of the world, my hands would be painted IN a pair of shoes!
It was my great privilege to be asked by the immensely gifted Australian artist, Jacqui Grantford, to be a part of her exhibition ‘A Show of Hands’ in Melbourne, in 2011. I’ve made a link here to her video, where she explains how she extensively interviewed people from all walks of life, to see what made them ‘tick’. Each hand painting was accompanied by the person’s own ‘story’- and many of them were very moving and inspirational.
Jacqui has a unique way of capturing the spirit of people in her paintings. I found that the added story she had next to each painting gave it an even greater poignancy. She is also the author and illustrator of several children’s picture books. A very talented lady indeed.
I’m lucky enough to have this original painting, thanks to my husband and a sneaky special birthday gift. You can read more of my story here:
2 thoughts on “The Story of Hands”
Love the painting and the story behind it. I loved to try on high heeled shoes as a child that I could only fit in the front bit and shuffle across the floor in. Now I am 99% of the time wearing walking boots and love that freedom too.
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Such a lovely childhood memory – so familiar to many of us, I’m sure!