Welcome to the Art & Sole blog, an online resource that celebrates the creative side of sneaker culture. First published in 2008, Art & Sole started life as a book featuring the best artist/designer sneaker collaborations, as well as showcasing artists who based their work on sneakers - from sculptures made from dissected shoes, to oil paintings on canvas.
Since the book was published we've been continually researching and collecting material for a second edition, and it's this process that's led us to create the Art & Sole blog. The countless hours we’ve spent trawling the web in search of artists collaborations and art based on sneakers has inspired us to create our own website, a place that houses all we find under one roof.
The website is split into three main sections; the blog, which acts as a news feed for all related projects out there; a features section, for when we need in-depth coverage on a particular project; and last, but certainly not least, a shop section.
Not content with simply writing about all the creative collaborations out there, we wanted to get involved ourselves and curate a project based on the theme of Art & Sole. The result is an ongoing series of specially commissioned screen-prints created by leading artists and designers from around the globe. Each print is limited to an edition of 50, and is emboss stamped, signed and numbered for authenticity. Elevation by Geneviève Gauckler is the fifth in the series, and can be found in the shop section now.
In addition to the screen-print series, we’ve also recently introduced a new art project entitled ‘A Few of My Favourite Sneakers’. The project is an ongoing series that sees selected artists and illustrators draw their all-time favourite sneakers. Individual artists are asked to draw ten sneakers in total, and artist's collectives can submit one sneaker per artist. The results of the project so far can be seen within the ‘A Few of My Favourite Sneakers’ category, and limited edition giclée prints of selected images from the series can be purchased from the Art & Sole shop.