Kick Off Your Heels: a fundraiser for Women’s Heart Disease

February 11, 2013

Listening to the sound of a heartbeat can be so comforting.

I lightly sanded these shoes and painted them with gesso.

You press your ear to your little one’s chest and hear the life force stolidly plugging away within those little bones.

Next – photoshop & a Leonardo DaVinci anatomical drawing.

The strong steady rhythm as you watch the slightest movement of a pulse where an artery runs close to the surface in his neck. The sound and rhythm of life. A heartbeat.

I painted these shoes white with acrylic paint, sketched my design, and drew it in with ink. It needed a little something so I rubbed in a little pink on the inside.

Except sometimes it isn’t right. I am troubled at times by an arrhythmia. My heart will loose it’s beat, skip and founder. It’s disconcerting and certainly uncomfortable but not life threatening by any means.

The DaVinci hearts were screen printed onto two layers of organza which were fused together to create some added stiffness. Fabric stiffener was also brushed on to give the cloth even more body and the edges were beaded by hand.

There are times when hearts stop beating and they don’t need to. WE can do something about it here. There is so much to learn. Cancer gets a ton of attention – and rightfully so. But I was shocked to hear how many more women die of heart disease than of cancer. I think we have a lot yet to learn.

E-6000 adhesive was used to adhere the wings to the shoes.

Join us at Kick Off Your Heels in helping to raise awareness and some funds to research the causes and cures for women’s heart disease. Keep hearts beating. Keep the rhythm going. Tell your friends.

Get your fancy on, let your creativity take flight, and makes some shoes of your own to donate to the cause!

 Let the fun begin!!!

 Our goal is to raise $5,000 to donate to The Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital . A core group of talented artists has created art shoes to be auctioned off for the cause in May of 2013. Information about creating and donating your own art shoes can be found here.

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    Kick Off Your Heels! A Fundraiser for Women’s Heart Health | Lyric Art
    May 14, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    […] You can see a couple more pictures of the process for the shoes I made here. […]

  • Reply
    February 12, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    This project means a lot to me, but I just can’t get it going. I am stumped. My shoes are sitting on my work table, blank. I am thinking of my mom who succumbed to heart disease at 56. I really need to do this. Thanks for the post and the push. Take care, Byrd.

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    Susan Dunne-Lederhaas
    February 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Good morning Lyric,
    In October of 2012 I was hospitalized for blood clots in both my lungs, had no idea except for shortness of breath. A Cardiac Catheterization revealed a very rare heart defect in addition to the clots in my lungs. I will be 68 in March, and am still here!! I love what you are doing for women’s heart disease..and so often it is SILENT!! Susan D-L, Charlotte, NC

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