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“Bird-Witched”: Animal-inspired stilettos by Masaya Kushino

 

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Japanese shoe designer Masaya Kushino‘s latest collection, “Bird-Witched” is inspired by Jakuchu Ito, “a legendary painter who fourished uring the Edo period in the 18th century. He depicted real life animals such as birds, tigers, and elphants in a really ingenious way, tinged wit ha bit of insanity.”

As a lot of designers have stated elsewhere that shoes are attractive not only for putting legs in, but also as standalone art objects. In other words, shoes are just as visually stimulating as sculpture or any other three-dimensional art piece, but they also fundamentally have to be wearable. Artworks are basically made just for display or to be appreciated visually. When it comes to artistic pairs of shoes, however, they are more instinctive and more interactive, which I think is their most attractive trait.” – Masaya Kushino

As a lot of designers have stated elsewhere that shoes are attractive not only for putting legs in, but also as standalone art objects. In other words, shoes are just as visually stimulating as sculpture or any other three-dimensional art piece, but they also fundamentally have to be wearable. Artworks are basically made just for display or to be appreciated visually. When it comes to artistic pairs of shoes, however, they are more instinctive and more interactive, which I think is their most attractive trait.

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Lady Gaga shoe designer opens Tokyo art space

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Noritaka Tatehana is famous for handcrafting towering sculptural footwear, sans heels, for the likes of fashion-forward stars such as Lady Gaga. Now, the Japanese shoe designer is taking steps in a different direction – by launching a new art gallery space in Tokyo.

Pocket, Mr. Tatehana’s art space, opens Thursday in the capital’s Ebisu district alongside a new branch of hip Tokyo shoe shop T6M.

Directed and curated by Mr. Tatehana, it will focus on showcasing young Japanese creators, a mission the designer calls “my personal dream.”

This is something that is separate from my shoe making,” he says. “All the artists exhibiting at the gallery will be modern Japanese artists – painters, illustrators, manga artists, graphic designers, sculptors – whose works contain an element of Japanese tradition and culture.”

Mr. Tatehana, 28, is widely regarded as one of Japan’s most promising young shoe designers, not least thanks to fans like Lady Gaga (she has already bought 25 pairs of his shoes, according to him).

The shoes are not just about show-stopping statements: they are painstakingly handcrafted using an array of Japanese artisan techniques, a reflection of Mr. Tatenaha having spent years studying traditional dying and weaving methods at university.

Pocket is diminutive in size, as its name suggests – it measures about four square meters and sits in a quiet corner of the T6M store.

Exhibitions will change every three months, starting with inaugural show “The Daughters” – the same name as Mr. Tatehana’s high-profile new sneaker collaboration with Yoichiro Kitadate, Japan’s celebrated sports footwear design guru, which launched over the summer.

The show will include poster-themed artworks by komtena, an illustrator and graphic designer renowned for his intricate mechanical motifs, and Nobuki Kato, the Hiroshima-born manga artist.

I want to educate people about the young talented creators that exist in Japan and help these artists to raise their profile and earn a living from their work,” says Mr. Tatehana.

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