Dolly heaven part 1: Charlotte Olympia hand painted Dolly-meets-Picasso

This is part 1 of 6 posts, showing the behind the scenes of the Charlotte Olympia, Neiman Marcus collaboration, where i as the artist, was commissioned to hand paint 100 limited edition pairs of Charlotte’s signature shoe: The Dolly. My previous post, skims over the project that was redeveloped from last years popular hand painted Dolly’s that we made for Vogue Fashion Night Out. I am a british artist, specialising in painting and photography, in particular body painting. I exhibit internationally with my gallery, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, but i love doing exciting projects like this MAMMOTH one: a three month project of solid hand painting canvas shoes being launched and sold by Neiman Marcus in their Bal Harbour Miami store, last December 2012. Watch the making of the shoes through these 6 posts and enjoy!x

Information about the Dolly’s can be found at Charlotte Olympia

6 great artists to inspire the Dolly: Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement, His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown.  Dolly meets Picasso: for me, the quirky one! Fun and frivolous.

this was my original design for the Dolly-meets-Picasso although after the first pair, i realised i had to simplify it as it was too time consuming to recreate over 20 pairs. So only one pair exist in this design, a true one-off and stupidly i forgot to take a picture of it in its final glory, but i promise it stayed true to the above. 

the design evolves and becomes more simple, but goes back to a similar idea from last years Dolly Picasso, exaggerating the eyes, lips and fingers, see below

incorporating little bits of picasso, the red hat hintThe final Dolly meets Picasso, is vibrant, fun and full of personality! The Dolly is not actually finished in these shots as there is still masking tape on parts of the shoe, but you get the gist!

Dolly meets Picasso, keeps her beady eyes on you! She has her little red hat on, and a collar of zig zag colour!x Boyarde.com

Dolly Heaven part 3! Hand painted Charlotte Olympia Dolly meets Mondrian

This is part 3 of 6 posts, showing the behind the scenes of the Charlotte Olympia, Neiman Marcus collaboration, where i as the artist, was commissioned to hand paint 100 limited edition pairs of Charlotte’s signature shoe: The Dolly. My previous post, skims over the project that was redeveloped from last years popular hand painted Dolly’s that we made for Vogue Fashion Night Out. I am a british artist, specialising in painting and photography, in particular body painting. I exhibit internationally with my gallery, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, but i love doing exciting projects like this MAMMOTH one: a three month project of solid hand painting canvas shoes that was launched and sold by Neiman Marcus in their Bal Harbour Miami store, December 2012. Watch the making of the shoes through these 6 posts and enjoy!x

Information about the Neiman Marcus / Charlotte Olympia collaboration limited edition hand painted Dolly’s can be found at Charlotte Olympia

6 great Artists to inspire the design: Piet Mondrian: a pivotal artist taking part in the De Stijl movement, his 1930s primary colour grid paintings, repeated throughout decades of fashion, gave impact through simplicity and structure. Transfer this inspiration onto the Dolly and the impact is just as great. I could not have predicted just how many brushes i would go through for this project. Thank you to Jacksons Art Supplies by Putney Bridge, for having all the supply of brushes, paint and sprays that i needed!

last years mondrian inspired dolly with a hint of gold. If you walked down the street with these shoes on, you would sure to be stopped every step of the way!

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Dolly heaven part 5! Charlotte Olympia hand painted Dolly-meets-Pollock

This is part 5 of 6 posts, showing the behind the scenes of the Charlotte Olympia, Neiman Marcus collaboration, where i as the artist, was commissioned to hand paint 100 limited edition pairs of Charlotte’s signature shoe: The Dolly. My previous post, skims over the project that was redeveloped from last years popular hand painted Dolly’s that we made for Vogue Fashion Night Out. I am a british artist, specialising in painting and photography, in particular body painting. I exhibit internationally with my gallery, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, but i love doing exciting projects like this MAMMOTH one: a three month project of solid hand painting canvas shoes being launched and sold by Neiman Marcus in their Bal Harbour Miami store for Art Basel, December 2012. Watch the making of the shoes through these 6 posts and enjoy!x

Information about the Neiman Marcus / Charlotte Olympia collaboration limited edition hand painted Dolly’s can be found at Charlotte Olympia

6 great Artists to inspire the design: Jackson Pollock was a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. A master of ‘action’ art, he would flick, splat and dribble paint over his horizontal canvass. The images were often chaotic, almost claustrophobic, with paint fighting paint, but the images were still a visual feast of colour and commotion. What better than to smatter a Dolly and bring two opposites together in an apocalypse! A little dramatic i know, but seriously if you saw the mess i created whilst making this, knowing i was splashing and splattering these exquisitely crafted shoes, you may say the same thing! But what fun it was…. MESS EVERYWHERE!

these Pollock inspired Dollys have been based paint coated in a cream colour with pinky blobs, ready for their splashing, but already, whilst waiting, they are getting splattered by others being splattered!

this is just the beginning!

the final splash of gold

this is definitely a more mature and confident Dolly meets Pollock as opposed to last years that was more ‘dainty’ see below:

last years Pollock Dolly were less aggressive and with less attitude. This year, no splatter too big!

This Dolly has got balls of steel!

sadly i forgot to take any final pictures of the Dolly with their Gold platform with the masking tape taken off. The opposites attract for the clean design of the Dolly and the magnificent gold island platform combined with the chaos of the paint, make it a very striking shoe.

just imagine it, if you can with the tape peeled off to reveal the signature Gold Dolly platform. Gorgeous! yes please! I had SO much fun making this design and i had paint in my hair, my nails, on my face, my ears, my clothes, for days!!!!

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Dolly heaven part 6! Charlotte Olympia hand painted Abstraction Dolly meets Howard Hodgkin

This is part 6 of 6 posts, showing the behind the scenes of the Charlotte Olympia, Neiman Marcus collaboration, where i as the artist, was commissioned to hand paint 100 limited edition pairs of Charlotte’s signature shoe: The Dolly. My previous post, skims over the project that was redeveloped from last years popular hand painted Dolly’s that we made for Vogue Fashion Night Out. I am a british artist, specialising in painting and photography, in particular body painting. I exhibit internationally with my gallery, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, but i love doing exciting projects like this MAMMOTH one: a three month project of solid hand painting canvas shoes being launched and sold by Neiman Marcus in their Bal Harbour Miami store, for Art Basel week, December 2012. Watch the making of the shoes through these 6 posts and enjoy!x

Information about the Neiman Marcus / Charlotte Olympia collaboration limited edition hand painted Dolly’s can be found at Charlotte Olympia

The Abstraction Dolly: 6 great Artists to inspire the design: the final artist: Howard Hodgkin is a British living ‘semi abstract’ artist, whose innovative colourful canvass, often spanning over 5 years just to make one piece (building layer upon layer of oil paint over and across the  canvas and its frame), creates art with vaguely recognisable shapes through bold colours. Some of the paint is so thick, the painting starts to become 3-D.

Howard Hodgkin: Dinner at Smith Square.

Painting a Dolly inspired Hodgkin, would mean freeing the contraints of the paint brush, layering up the paint and gliding over and around its shape. Although i found the process therapeutic and the final designs were a delightful rainbow of colour, relaying Hodgkin’s painting principles onto the limited space and shape of the shoe, proved extremely tricky, as one would get into the ‘swoop’ and ‘sweep’ of the technique, there wasn’t enough shoe or canvas to allow the paint brush to lead the way. Never the less, it was great fun to make.

with the added swoop of gold, it lifts the rainbow colours and draws even more attention. Similar to the Pollock design, these Hodgkin inspired abstract Dollys create a symbios between the loose, spontaneous smothering of paint and the clean, angled, sublime structure of the Dolly itself. Harmony!

charlotte olympia hand painted dolly by boyarde

please note that the Dolly shoe is not actually finished in these images and that there is still masking tape on parts of the shoe, although these pictures give the general gist of the Dolly in all its glory!

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Dolly Heaven part 4! Charlotte Olympia hand painted Post Impressionism Dolly meets Van Gogh

This is part 4 of 6 posts to be released, showing the behind the scenes of the Charlotte Olympia, Neiman Marcus commission for Art Basel Miami, where i as the artist, was asked to hand paint 100 limited edition pairs of Charlotte’s signature shoe: The Dolly. My previous post, skims over the project that was redeveloped from last years popular hand painted Dolly’s that we made for Vogue Fashion Night Out. I am a british artist, specialising in painting and photography, in particular body painting. I exhibit internationally with my gallery, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, but i love doing exciting projects like this MAMMOTH one: a three month project of solid hand painting canvas shoes being launched and sold by Neiman Marcus in their Bal Harbour Miami store, December 2012 during Art Basel week. Watch the making of the shoes through these 6 posts and enjoy!x

Information about the Neiman Marcus / Charlotte Olympia collaboration limited edition hand painted Dolly’s can be found at Charlotte Olympia

6 great Artists to inspire the design: The Post Impressionism Dolly meets Van Gogh: he was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. When he moved to France, mingling with the French Impressionist’s, he started to be influenced and warmed by the sun and vivid colours. My Dolly meets Van Gogh, is from his french period, inspired by ‘Starry Night’ and its deep intense midnight shades of blue.

painting with an impressionist style but also using Pointillism.all the luscious colours used for this design.

no detail spared. Loved putting the little village on the toe.

layer upon layer of pointillism dots!

love the inside design as much as the outside.

please note the Dolly’s in these pictures are still not quite finished, and there is still masking tape on parts of the shoe, but these images give the general idea of the final Dolly in all its glory!no Van Gogh Dolly is identical, as hand painted crafted shoes, each one still takes on its own personality through the paint

the story unfolds across both pairs, with endless twists and turns to keep your eye engaged in the feast of colour and texture! very happy with this delicious design. Here is the time lapse video i made of the making of this shoe, its very basic, im not a time lapse whizz, but its does the job so enjoy!:

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The Dolly’s are back!! Hand painting limited edition Charlotte Olympia Dolly’s at Neiman Marcus for Miami ART BASEL

Hello all

if you reading this post, it is because you are hopefully a fan of my Pop Art body painting, or fabulous Charlotte Olympia and her incredible sky scraper shoes. Either way, this post revisits a previous project, but on a far larger scale. I am a multi media artist, combining photography with painting, where my canvas is the body, creating Pop Art body works ( www.boyarde.com). I create other genres of art through photography and painting but last year, I was asked to paint a limited number of signature Charlotte Olympia Dolly shoes for Vogue Fashion Night out; we came up with a series of Dolly-meets-great-artists, such as Picasso, Mondrian and Matisse.

Fast forward to 2012, Charlotte Olympia has teamed up with Neiman Marcus Miami, to commission 100 hand painted limited edition Dolly-meets-inspirational artists that will be launched and sold at the Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour Miami store for Art Basel, this December 2012, and of course i was summoned for the job! This post has been created after completion of the project and its been incredibly exciting: 100 pairs!!! Hand drawn and hand painted by me with the help of a couple of lovely assistants, Tessa and Kate. (For information on the shoes, please go to Charlotte Olympia.) This year the Dolly’s have been christened as:

Post Impressionism Dolly, Neo Plasticism Dolly, Abstract Expressioniam Dolly, Pop Art Dolly, Abstraction Dolly and finally Cubism Dolly. Can you guess which is which!?

Below is the story of the making of these shoes, spanning over 3 months, the results are stunning and i am exceptionally proud to have painted these shoes for Neiman Marcus and Charlotte Olympia. The shoes are being launched in the Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour Miami store, but by the time you read this post, they will already have sold out!

First we set out revisiting last years designs, homing in on the more popular shoes, and then finding ways to give them a new lease of life. Picasso, Pollock and Mondrian were a must, but with a new direction. To add to the list, we decided that Lichtenstein was essential, with his punchy, vibrant, mischievous pop art, and Van Gogh, with his beautiful light and dark undertones, should be added. At the last step, Howard Hodgkin and his gorgeous abstract canvass came in to play.

hopefully you can see the above inspired design relates to Van Gogh’s starry night below!

the new Picasso inspired design, last year made use of a more subtle Picasso colours, but this time we wanted to make use of his vibrancy. The original is blue, but i wanted to bring in lots of green!

my favourite design, it cant be helped, the Lichtenstein inspired Dolly, a mash up all several parts of his Pop Art imagery. This was really fun to make!

Hodgkin would be great fun, a chance to let loose with the paint brush, smothering layers of gloopy paint together. A reminder of the Howard Hodgkin paintings that inspired us:

Mondrian a very straight forward inspiration, although not an easy design to relay onto a bending, curving, rough textured shoe! One can’t use masking tape, rulers or pens to get straight lines, just old fashioned steady hands; this proved to be the hardest shoe to make, and was the most time consuming, believe it or not!

lastly we have Pollock, which needs no design, just fun and splattering, ‘Jack the Dripper’ the master of action painting. Figuring how to get more of the paint on the shoe than on myself, the garden, and even my neighbour’s cat’s paws!

Dolly’s in waiting… no room for actual food on the kitchen table!

Picasso inspired Dolly waiting for its outline!

not the neatest work station!

i took advantage of some of the nice weather and painted outside as much as i could. Painting in daylight is far easier than tungsten light.

looking forward to seeing them all without the tape covering up the gold island platform!the first finished picasso pair.

the final base coat blue is on, ready for the Van Gogh inspiration.

starting the outlines

this shoe speaks for itself! Love it! The design, the inspiration and the shoe!

i hand drew each one!

just one more pair…. yes please!

really fun painting the Hodgkin inspired Dolly, plonking my brush into the rainbow of paint, often with several colours on the brush.

last but not least, let the splattering begin!!!!! Oh and please don’t rain, becuase i cant possibly paint these inside!

the mess these Pollock inspired Dolly’s created, is a piece of abstract action art in itself!

Below are the final Dolly’s in nearly all their glory! These Dollys are not finished, there is still masking tape on parts of the heel, platform and arch, and they have not been sprayed, but these pictures give the gist of it! Beautiful shoes, i want them all! Imagine starting pair number 1, knowing you have another 99 to go…… But they will make some lovely feet extremely proud! Which is your favourite design?

gorgeous Hodgkin meets Dolly, should i paint my own pair like this?

oh but the Lichtenstein is magnifique, its simply in-your-face-fabulous!

These Mondrian Dolly’s are straight to the point and so clean cut. I updated the primary colours this year and got rid of the gold blocks, to keep it super simple.

the picasso inspired Dolly’s have such character and are so playful.

love the detail in the Van Gogh dolly, so much to look at, i tried to convey the illustration as a narrative moving across from one shoe to the other! I hope you have enjoyed the making of the hand painted Dolly’s. More to come. Share the Dolly love for the Neiman Marcus Charlotte Olympia project!

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DEATH BY CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA: and straight to HEAVEN! Hand-painting orders of Dolly-meets Picasso and other great artists xoxo

I have been busy busy busy hand-painting Charlotte Olympia Dolly’s after their success at Vogue’s Fashion Night out, two weeks back, the orders came flooding in all over the globe. Had such fun painting them, looking forward to painting more!xoxox

Pollack, Mondrian, Hodgkin and Picasso

using the best quality UV resistant acrylic paint

as seen in my previous post, the shoes are masking taped, to protect the underneath and the dolly platforms, then primed with Gesso, ready for me to start drawing

these were the most popular…. PICASSO of course!

LOVE!

gorgeous Mondrian and Picasso…. really want to do a Kandinsky

OMG soooo many Dolly’s! Better hurry and keep painting!

making a Pollack involves a serious amount of mess!!!

Hand painting CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA shoes in her shop for VOGUES FASHION NIGHT OUT! thursday 8th september

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what a beautiful fabulous night it was at Charlotte Olympia’s shop in Maddox Street, i was hand painting her Signature Dolly shoe inspired by great artists, for Vogue’s Fashion Night out. Had so much fun, painting Dolly-meets-Picasson, Mondrian, Pollock, Matisse and of course Charlotte’s Yves Klein Blue Dollys that she painstakingly spent hours on to get the right blue! The Dolly shoes were the talk of the Town!x

primed up and masking taped Dolly’s ready to go!

Mondrian’s in the making!

The Pollock Splattering is sooooooo much fun to make!

out and about town for Vogue’s Fashion Night Out

Brasta is very proud!

Charlotte painting Yves Klein Blue Dollys, most hard!

wait until we get the masking tape off these Picasso inspired Dolly’s they will be gorgeous!

xxxx