When I tired of certain shoes, I recall just getting out a can of paint from my Dad’s garage and painting them. One pair of yellow platforms I even covered with Dole Banana stickers.
It all came full circle recently when a collector asked me to custom paint her leather boots.
My experience designing shoes took a big leap forward when I was asked to contribute to the Soles4Souls event in L.A.
Onto a simple set of platform heels I created my vision of how Beluxe art would translate as an art and fashion piece. Lab Art exhibited my creation, which was featured in Juxtapoz magazine.
My custom heels and the work of other L.A. artists were auctioned off for the international charity.
The next commercial step in Beluxe shoes was a successful licensing deal with L.A.’s Iron Fist , which distributed my Candy Fawn shoes worldwide as part of a larger line of Bev Hogue tees, jackets and tops.
Tura Satana: an actor, force of nature, and now object of art.
When the buxom Hollywood B-movie star died, her many fans mourned but the world awoke to her power and beauty.
Many tributes, including one in L.A. in late 2014, helped tell Tura’s story. At a time in cinema when women were getting slapped around on screen by leading men, her chilling portrayal in the Russ Meyer flic Faster Pussycat Kill Kill! turned the tables and launched the era of powerful ass kickin women. Quentin Tarantino would go on to base his Kill Bill character on Tura.
I was honoured to be invited by Tura’s manager Siouxzan Perry to produce a tribute piece for the December 2014 show. The piece, “Faster Pussycat” was in good company at the show, surrounded by G0-Go dancers and Tura’s on-screen co-stars. At Lethal Amounts gallery I got a chance to connect with fellow artist Johnny Coffin and his partner, musician Linda Kay Parker, and the amazing Siouxzan Perry. Great people, great show!
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