This is part 4 of 6 posts to be released, showing the behind the scenes of the Charlotte Olympia, Neiman Marcus commission for Art Basel Miami, where i as the artist, was asked 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, December 2012 during Art Basel week. Watch the making of the shoes through these 6 posts and enjoy!x

Information about the Neiman Marcus / Charlotte Olympia collaboration limited edition hand painted Dolly’s can be found at Charlotte Olympia

6 great Artists to inspire the design: The Post Impressionism Dolly meets Van Gogh: he was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. When he moved to France, mingling with the French Impressionist’s, he started to be influenced and warmed by the sun and vivid colours. My Dolly meets Van Gogh, is from his french period, inspired by ‘Starry Night’ and its deep intense midnight shades of blue.

painting with an impressionist style but also using Pointillism.all the luscious colours used for this design.

no detail spared. Loved putting the little village on the toe.

layer upon layer of pointillism dots!

love the inside design as much as the outside.

please note the Dolly’s in these pictures are still not quite finished, and there is still masking tape on parts of the shoe, but these images give the general idea of the final Dolly in all its glory!no Van Gogh Dolly is identical, as hand painted crafted shoes, each one still takes on its own personality through the paint

the story unfolds across both pairs, with endless twists and turns to keep your eye engaged in the feast of colour and texture! very happy with this delicious design. Here is the time lapse video i made of the making of this shoe, its very basic, im not a time lapse whizz, but its does the job so enjoy!:

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