Take a walk in the shoes of brave women

Robyn Darbyshire, Hackney Gazette, May 17, 2018

Paper shoes give voices to domestic abuse victims at Hackney exhibition.


Women are sharing their experiences of domestic abuse by customising paper shoes in a new art exhibition in Hackney.


The project is the brainchild of Little Paper Slipper, a charity founded in 2013 with a mission to give a voice to women affected by domestic abuse - and the chance to work through often traumatic experiences in a cathartic and therapeutic way.


Running from May 17-20 at The Old Bank Vault in Hackney Road, the exhibition features over 160 papier mache shoes customised by the women with words, drawings or accessories and suspended to form one installation.


Hackney-based artist and founder of Little Paper Slipper Marie-Louise Jones explains, “Each shoe speaks with its own voice, while together they tell of how it’s possible to take a negative aspect of society and, through imagination, turn it into something beautiful – just as the women draw on their experience of domestic abuse to create positive and empowering works of art.”

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