o sooner did I discover the cool clogs being made by an artist named Jean Diver on Etsy than I read the fine print and learned that she was closing up shop and discontinuing her shoe making. So this post today is a bittersweet one, I'm afraid. This woman was doing some excellent things with bits of wood and leather, but as with so many things in this life, you give it a season, and then you have to move on. The good news is: she still has some of her stunning clog designs available. The bad news? If you want to make any of her handiwork your own, you'll have to pounce soon.
But let's make proper introductions all around first.
Jean Diver is the creative soul behind JeanDiverStudio on Etsy.
On her profile page she tells us,
I've been primarily a figurative oil painter for 30 years, exhibiting my work from New York to Florida in galleries and private settings. My paintings, representational work and mixed media are in private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe.
But both locations also give us a glimpse of her ventures into footwear construction. And what a delightful view it is!
I wrote to Ms. Diver for more details on her journey into the realm of wooden goodness, and she replied:
I was teaching a figure painting class at Delaware Art Museum in the late 90's and one of my students was selling "Eskil's Clogs" Her father was the first to bring clogs over to the US from Sweden in the 70's. She had a manufacturer in the US and Sweden making clogs for her small shop.
I was always into fashion and wanted to try designing shoes with her store's help.
It was fun but a lot of work on the business side, I learned a lot from the experience.
Well, thank you for coming up with such inventive shoes for those of us in the clog wearing universe. I'm especially fond of the look of the Gladiator Bull Ring Platform (top photo above). You know me and shoes that are out of the ordinary. I could definitely rock that pair on regular basis!
Maybe you've spotted a pair that strikes your fancy, too. Venture over to the Jean Diver Studio pages on Etsy and see if you can find something in your size!