Things I love: Andy Warhol’s early shoe designs (1950s)

Updated: Jan 8, 2021

Long before the experimental films, the multimedia performance art, the silk screen prints of Campbells soup cans and the fall out with Lou Reed, a young Andrew Warhola (later Andy Warhol) worked as a commercial fashion illustrator making ads featuring shoes for the New York Times.

Whilst Warhol’s whimsical ink drawings garnered praise from his contemporaries, it was during this time that he began to develop his blotted line technique, applying ink to paper which was blotted whilst still wet, resulting in a very simple print. Warhol's use of tracing paper to replicate images before blotting is seen as a precursor to the later prints that he is now remembered for, produced using silk-screen canvas during the 1960s.


Crazy Golden Slippers, LIFE magazine illustrations by Andy Warhol (1957)

via Christina Boston

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