County: King County
GAP Award 2003
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Kathlyn Leighton received a 2003 GAP to defray material costs and allow for studio time on Shoe Stories, an ongoing project wherein beaded mosaics take the form of shoes and thereby visualize a story. “The first goal of this project is to identify with the stories represented and to stimulate the viewers’ own personal memories. Another goal is to broaden public awareness towards a non-traditional medium — beads as art. Art that is defined by the vision it represents not the medium representing it.” Drawn from verbal stories, Leighton first works on paper and then designs a shoe pattern that is, in turn, fitted to the shoes. And then the labor-intensive application of beads begins.
Hardworking Man, size 10.5 mans boot, beads, sequins, glass trinkets, fabric, 8.25"x5"x12.5" each, 2002.
White Wedding, size 8.5 womans pump, beads, sculpted paper clay, glass flowers, pearls, fabric, 6.25"x3.5"x10.5" each, 2002.
Red-hot, size 8 womans high heels, beads, sequins, fabric stabilizer, wire, R: 8"x3.5"x9.5"; L: 7.5"x3.5"x9.5", 2001.