in ‘The Red Shoes’, the famous fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, a poor, orphaned girl named Karen is adopted by a rich woman upon her mother’s death. the adoptive mother gives her a pair of red shoes as a present, and Karen becomes obsessed with them, wanting to wear them everywhere — even to church, where they’re considered inappropriate. one day, Karen starts dancing and the shoes take over her feet. she cannot take them off or stop dancing. at her wit’s end, she asks to have her feet amputated, but this does nothing to solve her problem. her severed feet follow her around, still merrily dancing inside the red shoes, taunting her. she gives up her life of riches, starts working as a maid, and begs God to forgive her for her vanity. simply put: she’s a woman punished for veering from the path and behavior she is meant to ascribe to.
is this a dark tale about the dangers of relentless obsession, or a simple observation about the disapproval which society piles on female souls & spirits who openly & boldly wish to live out their true passion?
for us “red shoes” are a stand-in for the liberation of a woman’s desires, to her whole-hearted & sincere dedication to her true calling. they have the power to incite passion & desire, and are therefore frowned upon.
may we all have the courage to follow those passions, no matter where they lead us, and celebrate those brave trailblazers who have come before us.
- each print illustrated by hand, transferred and then digitally printed
- 100% cotton
- measuring 55 cms by 55 cms
- the edges are hand-rolled
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- illustrated by deniz yegin ikiisik
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