The world would definitely be a poorer place without creative people. Who else would have looked at a slab of marble and seen a David?
Or a garden of vegetables and imagined Pasta Primavera?
Image from Crumpets Restaurant and Bakery of San Antonio, TX
Or a utilitarian cell phone and envisioned an iPhone?
Image from Apple.com
Creative people are the ones who take the raw material of our everyday existence and infuse it with energy and magic. So instead of residing in an identity-less society like China's under Chairman Mao (where both men and women wore outfits that were basically interchangeable...oh, wait...the gals did have the Mary Jane style available in their cloth footwear), we have the good fortune in living a land of options and variety. And that is a beautiful thing.
Even so, an occasional visionary soul emerges to wow us all over again with something so unexpected, so clever, and so right that all we can do is experience that V-8 moment and revel in the fact that at least one person on the planet was able to take those materials sitting right there in front of us all and put them together in a new way.
Are you ready to live that experience today?
Industrial design student Anton Danielsson is the free spirit who dreamed up this delightful design. As he explains on his Clogverse project blog:
Clogs, oh, clogs, where have you gone? The classic Swedish wooden slip-on shoe who all the great farmers (or more like everyone who lived in the countryside here in Sweden) wore when they went to the outhouse, the mailbox, or sometimes even as far as to the Saturday night dance. A few weeks ago I asked myself, why don't more people wear them these days? Why aren't clogs hip anymore? Maybe I should try to make them hip again. Now, that'd be a challenge!
My response is a hearty, "Mission accomplished!" Anton, you have definitely taken a plain and simple clog to some places we never dreamed it could go. Well done!
Do take a spin by Anton's diary of his project (via the link above). The photos below only give you a hint of how much hard work he put into it. (His efforts are all the more amazing, I think, because he started out with a black clog and painted all the necessary bits white.)
You can also get a peek at some of the other inventive things Anton has come up with by visiting his online design portfolio here: antondanielsson.blogspot.com.
All I can say is: I'll never look at a pair of plain white clogs the same way again!
[On my feet today: Claudie clog bootie from Zigi Soho by day...though I'm due to meet a friend for dinner and that could inspire me to pull something different out of my arsenal. D'oh! Please excuse the camera strap hanging in front of the lens.]