On April 9 ,2011, I was invited to participate in a local TOMS Style Your Sole event. Pack & Paddle in Lafayette, Louisiana hosted the event and invited four local artists. I was one of the four artists there, and I had never painted on shoes. We each had a table, and put examples of our art so people could look and see which artists they preferred. I was the first to get asked to paint someone's shoes, which was super flattering and very nerve racking. I didn't want to disappoint. The shoe owners, were super cool and relax. She sat next to me to watch me paint, and we talked about Pack & Paddle trips. (They offer kayaking, hiking, etc trips). I know I took forever, but in the end, I was very happy with the outcome, and so was she. She immediately started to show hers off to the others who were debating which artist to choose. After those, I took a deep breath, okay lets keep going.
I ended up having so many shoes to paint, I had to take them home to finish them all! I painted a total 16 pair of shoes. Pack & Paddle sold 60 pair of TOMS. This is amazing. If you don't know the story behind TOMS, check out their website http://www.toms.com/ For every pair of TOMS shoes you buy a pair is given to a child in need. So this was a very successful, for their first ever Style Your Sole event in Lafayette, LA.
I absolutely loved it painting the shoes, and honored to participate in a good cause. Once it was over, I realized how much it changed my perspective about art. I have always painting on flat canvas, so to go to a 3-D product was a huge change. Now my mind set is, hmmmm what else can I paint on! Since then I have started an Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/KellismCo) and have had two orders. As well as painting several for family and friends. This experience changed so many things for me. I realized how much I loved what I did that day, and how happy I was in my element. Now I'm pushing ahead to see where I can go from here.