IMG_5114Some wriggles in life are more fun than others…these here come with a smile…

To say that 2015 was a bit of a nightmare would qualify as the personal understatement of the year. Today sitting nicely among the tropical trees surrounding the wooden elevated outdoor room which serves as my floating office I feel a sense of accomplishment just based on the sheer enormity of having managed to crawl out at the other side of those 12 months with all pearl earrings still attached and even the odd new outfit or three. Even better, having fun again.

IMG_5138A bit of menace creeping in…and out! Heading towards the red on the horizon…

Everyone in the creative business and / or propelled by artistic urges nothing but an enormous outburst of colorful activity can satisfy will understand the monstrosity of having to face the fact that There Is Nothing Left. As in Gone Baby Gone. Sure, we all have the odd day or week or even a mildly disturbing month for whatever reason our meddled brains or hearts come up with…but make that a devastating 6 months dominated by debilitating health issues and we are talking the emotional equivalent of Chernobyl. Toxic, barren and devout of even a morsel of mischief. Sort of not very funny indeed. And just like old age: not a place for the fainthearted.

IMG_4551Up to something or other…looking forward to the year of the monkey after the year of the demons…

So. Been there, done that.

Frida Kahlo did it all her life. So surely 6 months can be conquered…especially without having to deal with the presence or absence of a rather exhausting Diego at my side. Since I’ve first heard of her, been in awe – what a life force this woman had. And her influence is still more than alive and kicking!

Moving on big time although it comes in smallish steps…that day when thinking about those poor little and not so little organs struggling away doing their best to keep you going while you do your very best to cheer them on fades in the background and instead you find yourself contemplating a curve of some delightful piece of design…how this might feel when used as part of say…a shoe!?

So really, a picture with at least one shoe is needed:

SANTIAGO Louise1Louise wearing Ideal Husband SANTIAGO in cheetah with red ankle ties…photo taken by the very talented Fiona Morrison!

That day when you take off the cover of your beloved sewing machine to renew your acquaintance…and yes, you start with a … wait for it….

CUSHION COVER. There. I said it. A CUSHION COVER of all things. But not just any cushion cover…as you ALSO have somehow miraculously found the energy to find a very pleasing timeless bamboo couch in need of a new lease on life. Somehow along its way over the last approx 30-40 years it has lost its shine and omphf or umphf or even amphf as well as its upholstery…it has all come back. Imphf and all. In tasteful black/white cotton leopard various cohorts of foster kittens have approved of so far.

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This is not the couch but a matching chair…with the previous cover. Now imagine black and white leopard…kitten AND cushions as we usually overhaul flora and fauna in one go…it’s called corporate branding we believe…

I am happy to announce I’ve left the cushion cover stage behind me and have been back to my previous weird and wonderful creations. Along the way acquired a pile of shiny new computer toys and even the skills to use them with more than a pretended confidence…as 2016 is the year of The Shoe! The year of Shoes for Monkeys! The Monkey year of Ideal Husband…bring it on.

Ideal Husband has joined the social insanity that is instagram – have a look at #ideal_husband_shoes and do join us/ follow/ enjoy if you are into shoes. Or like bright colours. Or both.

And on another note…a friend mentioned possible occurrences of changes to your physical appearance after major bodily experiences…sadly, I am still very far from the waist-length insanely curly hair I feel I’ve missed out on all my life but….and a big but that is!!…but to my utter disbelief I had to dim down the vehemence of my War Against Purple…a special order happened to be this model…and I am won over! Aubergines for shoes…

Ideal Husband POSADAS in purple with black platform and glossy hand-carved mermaid heels…looks a bit edible. Red lining and all. Like those aubergines I love…

I will officially re-open the Ideal Husband online store later this month – January 2016.

I have decided to embrace the apparent appeal of aubergine colour…so everyone out there with a craving for purple shoes made to your specifications…I am talking to you…

When starting to write this blog sunshine fell through the tropical foliage playing on the timber boards…by now, twilight has descended, the fairy lights are on and the settings has been changed to ‘almost sepia’ (not an instagram feature!). The breeze has been incredibly accommodating all day long and I am truly besotted with my new laptop. Which about sums up my working day I thoroughly enjoyed.

The last thing I’ll do.. a link to check out another shoe designer…Iskender Asanaliev. Shoes are just a small part of what this man from Kyrgyzstan does…

Until next time.

Stay healthy, everyone! xx

 

 

 

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