Regular visitors of Every Clog Has Its Day have no doubt noticed that I've been using my Sunday posts as a chance to break with tradition and do something besides simply put another photo of a pair of shoes online. Think of it as the sorbet that arrives between courses during a fine meal. A palette cleanser. A chance to gaze in a different direction for a moment so that when I direct our collective gaze back towards the shoes we know and love so much, we can see them with somewhat refreshed vision and renewed appreciation and desire.
Two Sundays ago we met the artist Civetta who treated us to her sketched renderings of her favorite footwear. (Hence the ever more tortured play on the word "sketch: in the title of this series of Sunday posts.) Last Sunday we made the acquaintance of Civetta's sister Sioux, an avowed clog fan, and got a glimpse of her growing collection. In the course of researching the back story on these two French connoisseurs of wood soled shoes, I came across the art of French illustrator Isabelle Oziol de Pignol, a self-described ex-designer exiled in the countryside for the sake of her family. Yet her talent has allowed her to make her creative voice heard in different ways. Her economical drawings of the world around her have earned her commisions with French Elle and Grazia France. And her own blog Accro de la Mode is an ongoing visual feast. On it, Isabelle posted her own distinctive sketches of Sioux (one of which was featured last Sunday and is repeated here) as well as countless other renderings of style as she has spotted it in the highways and byways of France. With her permission I've culled a few clog related illustrations and am republishing them on Every Clog Has Its Day. By all means pay her site a visit. It is in French so you may miss some of the written delights that accompany her colorful images. Or you can link to Accro de la Mode via a Google search and take advantage of the varying benefits of their translation engine.
If there were any justice in the world, I'd be able to earn enough from this little blog of mine to hire Isabelle to contribute her talents on a regular basis!
Sketches of Sioux in her clogs
Alice and Eva, two socialites of the Riviera
Girls in Aix-en-Provence
Solen watching her son play in the park
Clogs designed by Valérie Salacroux (Oh, dear. I'm going to have to contact her and see if might feature her shoes someday. My exploration of the pleasures of France is clearly not at an end!)