I was recently asked by Friends of the Australian Ballet to put my own spin on the classic pointe ballet shoe. I have always been amazed with the beauty of ballet and ballerinas, however, the behind the scenes of the art has fascinated me even more.
My ballet shoe is somewhat of a celebration and depiction of behind the scenes of dancers studios, rehearsal halls, backstage dressing rooms and set and costume makers. The private moments of those involved in the art, the parts of the ballet world that we don’t see, is the inspiration of which I have drawn from to create my shoe.
The materials I have used include linen, lead and leather. I prefer to represent the trades and materials of days gone by, to a time where expertise and skill was created by hand, not machine, and to pay homage to honest and functional materials. I wanted to purvey the real and gritty life behind the beauty. By utilising honest materials in my shoe, I have represented the building of sets, the pulling of ropes to lift curtains, the needle and thread to sew the ribbons and all the elements behind the scenes that eventually create the beauty onstage. Above are a few snaps of the final product.