I had to shut down the shop for the last few weeks due to a lack of access to supplies and I’m am so excited to be back! There is no better way to start back up than swinging in with a new feature for the Artist Series! Once a month, I ship an espadrilles kit to an artist in a variety of mediums and ask them to create unique shoes. These lovely embroidered poppy espadrilles were designed by the amazing Sarah Pedlow of Threadwritten. Their subtle artistry make me so happy. The full kit and a PDF version of her design is available until July 22nd.
Sarah Pedlow combines her beautiful abstract aesthetic with a love of embroidery and in making her espadrilles she created a unique design for a poppy flower that flows across the shoe. It is art for your feet!
I love Sarah’s description of her artistic process. She says, “The design merges the two parts of my creative practice: ThreadWritten travel, research, and teaching traditional embroidery from different cultures and my fine art work. My interpretation of a Hungarian poppy (or a Dutch peony now in season) forms the centerpiece accompanied by lines that flow from floral to abstract to the literal end of a thread.”
Sarah’s limited edition kit comes with the supplies you need to create these shoes including the embroidery floss, needles, embroidery hoop, canvas fabric, Sarah exclusive design and PDF instructions as well as all the other espadrille supplies. If you have supplies already and just want to grab her design and how-to you can get just those digital files here.
If you want to check out previous artist series you can scroll through the whole selection here. Seeing so many different types of shoes come to life is truly one of my favorite things!
Sarah’s version is a great project for practicing embroidery while also making something beautiful and functional! Look at how her design hints at the poppy. I love it so much!
Be sure to check it out!
Sarah Pedlow is an artist and the founder of ThreadWritten: cultural embroidery workshops and travel retreats in Southern and Eastern Europe. She has been awarded artist’s residencies in Hungary, Mexico, Iceland, and The Netherlands, and has worked and studied with embroiderers in Romania and Ukraine. She holds a BA in Studio Art and French Studies from Scripps College, Claremont, CA and an MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University. A Bay Area native, she now lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.