Entries by Anthony Stoker

INSPIRATIONS THAT RESONATE

The search for inspirations that resonate can be a fascinating part of the process when designing shoes and developing ideas. It’s an intriguing journey and results in more unique, distinctive ideas when the source of inspiration is a little more unusual. I’m neither a pianist nor a connoisseur of Pianos, but since my last post, […]

HANIA RANI : PIANIST, COMPOSER, MUSICIAN

  Earlier today, I spent some time immersed in the music of Hania Rani. Especially this video, shot in Iceland, directed by Neels Castillon, featuring dancers Mellina Boubetra, Janina Sarantsina and Fanny Sage. A beautiful mix of being dramatic, while exuding calm; elegance and emotion. This performance too.

WILLIAM KLEIN : STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

  Alex Kilbee, AKA The Photographic Eye, recently shared some fascinating insights in to the work of photographer William Klein. In the last few days I listened to a wonderful conversation between Malcolm Gladwell and David Epstein at the 92Y – talking about his book RANGE – which is about how generalists succeed in a […]

THE FLOW OF IDEAS

A few posts ago – SHOESTORMING – I mentioned Drillog – a beautiful new dip-pen. Something about the pattern of the engineering and the flow of the ink down the nib to the paper inspired this sketch … mainly of the outsole, but the ‘flow’ could incorporate an aspect of the upper too …   […]

ALL SHOES ARE STORIES

I’ve just been completely absorbed in the unfolding of Dame Judi Dench’s family tree courtesy of a recent episode of  ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ – an utterly fascinating journey leading all the way back to sixteenth century Denmark. Another show exploring people’s lives – ‘This Is Your Life’ – ran in the UK for over fifty years. […]

SHOE STORMING

I often pull out a blank sheet of paper and start brainstorming with a mind map – sometimes thumbnail sketches, sometimes words – mostly both. Usually at the start of a new project, but I’d not done one for a few weeks. Yesterday, during a sketch break, I opened Austin Kleon‘s latest newsletter and he […]

HALLOWEEN HEELS

Wear with black socks for maximum effect ! For a bit of fun, and for Halloween, I drew up this Pumpkin inspired design – complete with the Stem as the heel. There are materials suitable for uppers made from Cactus plants, Pineapple skin, and there are leathers that are dyed with Olive extract, and Rhubarb, […]