21st Century Cinderella art shoes

The theme for the monthly First Friday art show at Stoneworks Studios and Gallery on May 6, 2016 was Head Over Heels, art in any media relating to hats and/or shoes. I recalled the art shoes created by mixed media artist Gaza Bowen in the ’90s…in fact, I once saw a few pair at an exhibit, including the shoes that inspired me, Shoes For The Little Woman. I knew what I was going to do.

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I found the size 7 Charlotte Russe high heeled platform shoes at my local Goodwill on 50% off day, paying $2.00. I went to a dollar store and found the cleaning supplies, and I had the platinum acrylic paint.

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One coat of platinum paint was a good undercoat, but it wasn’t the right color, so I got out some silver textile paint for another coat, and then topped it off with a clear sparkle coat. I made a paper pattern for covering the heels with the tinsel-like scrubby pads. I traced the pattern on the back of the pads with a fine line Sharpie, and cut them out with my dollar store paper scissors. (Don’t use your good sewing scissors on stuff like this because it will dull them.) I created labels for the inside of the shoes on my computer, printed them out on office paper, and glued them inside with spray adhesive so they would lay flat and smooth.

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I used a hot glue gun to glue the cut out cleaning pads to the heels and the metallic scrubbers to the toes of the shoes. As a way to cover up the rough edges of the cut cleaning pads, I used aluminum foil on the inside and outer heels, also attached with hot glue. You have to work quickly and confidently with hot glue and aluminum foil!

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These art shoes (21st Century Cinderella) were a lot of fun to make, as they were an experiment all the way. I hope you enjoyed my “show and tell”.

Earth Day art exhibit at County Government Center

Reception at Ventura County Arts Council Earth Day art exhibit

Reception at Ventura County Arts Council Earth Day art exhibit

Last evening, April 29, the Ventura County Arts Council held the reception and awards ceremony for the Earth Day art exhibit currently on display in the atrium lobby of the Hall of Administration, Ventura County Government Center in Ventura, California. The Ventura County Arts Council had 110 entries from 41 artists. They accepted 62 pieces: 58 wall-hung and 4 free-standing 3-d pieces.

Part of the Earth Day art exhibit by Ventura County Arts Council

Part of the Earth Day art exhibit by Ventura County Arts Council

Here is my entry, Down By The Seaside (freeform knit and crochet wearable art) on display atop a pedestal in the lobby. The show continues until Tuesday, May 24.

Down By The Seaside, freeform knit and crochet shawl by Barbara Hynes

Down By The Seaside, freeform knit and crochet shawl by Barbara Hynes

March Art Shows

Stoneworks Studios and Gallery in Ventura hosted their Games People Play First Friday art show on Friday night, March 4. I made a new small piece, Hopscotch, and entered my crazy gambling hat Luck Be A Lady. Hopscotch is a small studio quilt mounted on an 8″ x 10″ stretched black canvas, and it’s a tribute to my memory of playing hopscotch in the schoolyard during recess when I was a child. (You can’t see the top of the hat, but it’s a round Las Vegas gambling chip pillow that was a Goodwill score.)


LBAL Games show

The Ventura County Arts Council juried art show Solamente: Singular Forms, Features, People, and Things is on display in the atrium lobby of the Ventura County Government Hall of Administration from March 4 to April 12, 2016. The show reception was held on Friday, March 18 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Upon arriving for the reception, I looked up to the next floor and saw my piece If Six Was Nine. (The piece next to it, a giant eye made from merino wool, received first prize, and the artist was a first-time entrant.)

Solamente show 1

Of course I had to go upstairs to visit Jimi. I did not win a prize, but I enjoyed seeing so many delightful entries in the show.

Solamente show 2

February Altered Artwear Challenge

I administer the Altered Artwear group on Facebook. We started off the new year with an “anything goes” challenge. I decided to make a sundress for my granddaughter Jacky. I used patterns from the book Little Girls, Big Style by Mary Abreu.


I started with some tops that no longer fit, a few heart appliques, and an old rayon dress that has some damage.


I chose this gauzy cotton top. I cut off 12″ straight across for the skirt.


Then I cut the underarm seams to make it easier to cut out the front and back bodices and pocket backs from the front and back sections, and cut the straps from the sleeves. I cut bodice lining and pocket fronts from the rayon dress.


This was all that was left of the cotton top by the time I was done cutting.


After the dress was sewn together, I centered the heart applique and stitched it down on the bodice.


Here’s a closer look at the bodice. I really like the knotted ties because they are more adjustable than a button closure. I think she will like it!


My Work in Two Recent Art Exhibits

On Friday evening, January 29, the Ventura County Arts Council held the reception for the art exhibit Abstracts, which is displayed on three levels in the Hall of Administration of the Ventura County Government Center in Ventura, California. They had an overwhelming response to the call for entries…254 entries by 62 artists. Accepted were 86 wall hung pieces and several 3D pieces, now on exhibit until March 1. My studio art quilt Streamers is displayed on the fourth floor.

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On Friday evening, February 5, Stoneworks Studios and Gallery in Ventura, California hosted the art exhibit From The Bottom Of Your Art. I entered an older piece, because although I started a new work, life got in the way, and January ended up being a crazy busy month. This is Dancing In The Moonlight below, a mixed media studio art quilt.

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