“Luster” Custom Doc Marten Boots

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Luster (2020)
Yours Truly

Size 8
Custom Doc Marten Boots (vintage), leather paint

Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of wabi sabi (the acceptance of transience and imperfection) and the technique of kintsugi (the repair of broken pottery using gold and silver paint). Refurbished, accented with gold paint, and polished to a high “parade” shine for a very special friend.

Artist’s statement: “A friend of mine gave me a TRASHED pair of her well worn and well loved Doc Martens to refurbish, and after patching the cracks and blacking them back to life I rubbed gold leather paint into the seams and creases. The leather is conditioned and sealed now, and where they once were dull and worn they shimmer and shine. I like this effect because there’s a nice blend of rugged/raw and polished and slick. When she wears them it’ll look like she’s been walking in fields of gold.”


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