This is part 1 of 6 posts, showing the behind the scenes of the Charlotte Olympia, Neiman Marcus collaboration, where i as the artist, was commissioned to hand paint 100 limited edition pairs of Charlotte’s signature shoe: The Dolly. My previous post, skims over the project that was redeveloped from last years popular hand painted Dolly’s that we made for Vogue Fashion Night Out. I am a british artist, specialising in painting and photography, in particular body painting. I exhibit internationally with my gallery, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, but i love doing exciting projects like this MAMMOTH one: a three month project of solid hand painting canvas shoes being launched and sold by Neiman Marcus in their Bal Harbour Miami store, last December 2012. Watch the making of the shoes through these 6 posts and enjoy!x

Information about the Dolly’s can be found at Charlotte Olympia

6 great artists to inspire the Dolly: Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement, His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown.  Dolly meets Picasso: for me, the quirky one! Fun and frivolous.

this was my original design for the Dolly-meets-Picasso although after the first pair, i realised i had to simplify it as it was too time consuming to recreate over 20 pairs. So only one pair exist in this design, a true one-off and stupidly i forgot to take a picture of it in its final glory, but i promise it stayed true to the above. 

the design evolves and becomes more simple, but goes back to a similar idea from last years Dolly Picasso, exaggerating the eyes, lips and fingers, see below

incorporating little bits of picasso, the red hat hintThe final Dolly meets Picasso, is vibrant, fun and full of personality! The Dolly is not actually finished in these shots as there is still masking tape on parts of the shoe, but you get the gist!

Dolly meets Picasso, keeps her beady eyes on you! She has her little red hat on, and a collar of zig zag colour!x

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