You may not recognize the name, but I guarantee you recognize the art. Finding spectacular success through the 1980s, Keith Haring is recognized as an artist that created not only art, but a visual language.
Besides being an artist, Haring was also a man who put special effort into the good of others. He is known for donating a considerable amount of his work to charities, hospitals and orphanages. He was friends with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Madonna and is a key figure for 80’s pop culture.
Haring died at 31 in 1990 of AIDs related complications. For more information, please visit The Keith Haring Foundation.
Untitled, 1987 – Source: The Keith Haring Foundation
For this project you will need:
- Shoes in the classic “Vans” style
- Acrylic paint in 3 colors & fabric medium -OR- fabric pens in 3 colors
- Printed Haring images (find online) cut out
- Water soluble fabric marking pen
- Straight pins
- black fabric marker
First you’ll need to pick out the colors you want to work with. I went with orange, green and magenta but my second choice would have been red, yellow and blue…
Notice how the back of the shoe is divided into three sections? Paint each of those sections with one of your colors. Mirror on the second shoe.
Take your cut outs of Haring characters and, using your straight pins, attach around the front portion in a way that fits well together. First start with the main element you want to be sure to include and work around it. For me, it was the hand for a head dude.
When arranged as you would like, use the mark B gone to trace each of the shapes.
Now it is time for the fun part! Fill in your characters using your paint or markers. Take a look before you get started and decide which color you want to be dominant (I went magenta) and get the placement of each color worked out in your head.
After your color has dried fully, take your Sharpie fabric marker and outline the shape of each character. Also, place an icon like Haring used in the center of the bellies.
Next make the black lines around the figures. Use your print out of Haring’s work as inspiration aand a guide for placement.
Last of all, take and make odd shaped, dash-like marks around the back portion of the shoes. Outline anything in black that you would like – which in my case was just about everything…
To wrap this project up, when totally dry, make a quick pass under the tap to rinse off the water soluble pen marks you used as guides.
I hope you enjoy your little piece of copied pop culture for your feet! Remember to check out The Keith Haring Foundation for more information about the man, the mission and the art. Happy Shoesday!Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website