Cat Footwear is back on the map!
Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the Cat Footwear Autumn/Winter 2014 Launch Party/Art Exhibit at their new Pop-Up location in Midtown Manhattan. This event celebrated the return of the much-anticipated “Colorado” boot. The boot is being re-released after a 24 year absence. To make things event more interesting, five New York artists was given a challenge. All five of these artists must create art using the Colorado boot as their blank canvases. The artist included Ivan Orama, James Gulliver Hancock, Liz Lomax, Amanda Dolan, and Misha Tyutyunik. They have created some amazing works of art.
One artist that really impressed me was James Gulliver Hancock. He has an interesting story. He grew up in Sydney, Australia where he was given the opportunity to work for major print, TV, and music publishing releases. He left all that and decided to create his own art studio. He works out of two studios: The Pencil Factory in Brooklyn, New York and his homeland studio in Sydney. What I liked about his boot is that it’s so simple. He doesn’t over do it. It’s just a simple design. Nothing too complicated.
Another artist that really impressed me was Ivan Orama. Orama has been living and working at the Lower East Side for twelve years. During the twelve years, he has created of interactive murals which is renowned by companies and individuals. What I like about his boot is he seems to used the fall season as an influence. It is an interesting concept and it fits well with the fall season.
Now let’s get to one of the craziest designs of the evening. Amanda Dolan’s take on the Colorado is very interesting to say the least. What I like about her boot is it’s very colorful. The bright pink color really stands out above the rest of the designs. Also the bracelets tied into the shoelaces are a nice touch as well. I’ll be the first to admit that she has a keen yet interesting sense of art. The art world needs more of that.
Liz Lomax design on the Colorado is the show stealer of the night. An award-winning New York artist, she incorporates sculptures, designs and photography into her work. Her boot seems like it is something out of a Disney movie. It is very interesting yet beautiful to look at. It seems that Ms. Lomax took her time in creating a boot to her satisfaction. I was amaze by how much effort and time she put in.
Finally, the last artist Misha Tyutyunik take on the Colorado is very unique. Born in the Soviet Union, he and his family moved to the United States in 1991 and has been working as a contemporary painter. His specialty is acrylics and mixed media. He uses his specialty in his Colorado design. The black color mixed with the white designs turns out to be my favorite designs out of the whole event.
Overall, the event was spectacular. The people who coordinated the event did a very good job in making this happen. Me and other guest enjoyed cocktails and sounds by DJ Jasper Stapleton (who was awesome with his music.) More importantly, the atmosphere was tremendous. Such a great vibe in an otherwise great event.