Feet of the world, it's time to get artistic. May your socks be bold, be colourful and be artistic. Life's too short for drab socks!
We've been inspired by art and we've seized the humble sock as our canvas. At The Artists' Socks we're saying no to boring socks and have five artistic collections to bring a little art to your feet and more than a little joy to your soul.
Our socks spent a couple of years brightening up a stall in Spitalfields Market. We knew we wanted to elevate the humble sock into something that brightened up people's day, flashed a bit of colour around the ankle and inspired people away from the drabs of grey and black.
The market stall has become an online marketplace, and despite our original antithesis towards black socks, we have now added a black collection because we decided that, if you can't embrace a bit of Art Noire can you really call yourself an artist?
It turned out, you could not!
We love seeing people wear our socks with pride and if you'd like to join our committee of artists, our social feed is your catwalk.
Jahan Gerrard - Spatial Intervals
About the work
The project ‘Spatial intervals’ was made in 2014. It is purely abstract work, and is about playing with geometric shapes and colour combinations. Jahan used pencil, watercolour and gouache on canvas board.
My painting process involves exploring colour and its endless possibilities. I apply colour in a patchwork way, putting colours across the surface - overlapping, interplaying, pressing against each other, and piling up - and trying to explore how colours contrast with each other. I react or respond to the surface and format of the canvas or paper, and other materials. Through painting I can express the aesthetics of reality and my perception of it. I want to evoke and create something that a composer can create with music. I am expressing what I feel about nature, the atmosphere, and my surroundings.
Jahan was born in the USSR, and raised in a creative family - father an artist-designer and mother a weaver, Jahan was surrounded by patterns and bright colours of the carpets and hand-made things. Jahan first studied music, but later switched to painting and drawing when moving to England I wanted to draw and paint.
Please visit Jahan's website to view the paintings and for contact details
Paul Bursnall - Seascapes
Born 1948 in Hayes, Middlesex.Paints nautical scenes using acrylic paints on canvas.Paul is a member of ABNA The Assciation of British Naive Artists and Bucks Art Society. He paints in a naive style using blocks of colour with heavy outlines and is represented by 4 UK galleries inc. Red Rag, Bath. Art Nest Hitchin, Picture Parlour Boscastle and Little Pictures Mousehole.. Paul has painted over 1500 originals since 2005.
Please visit Paul's website to view the paintings and for contact details.
Paul is also represented on Art Gallery, and Saatchi Art
Franz Loa - Floral
These socks are abstracted floral designs by Masters fashion student Franze Loa. The random pattern wraps around the sock revealing different and colourful vistas from all angles.
A good garden shoudn't be seen in one glance. It needs to be discovered.
Simon Dutson - Bamboo Blank Canvas & Turkish Flowers
The Blank Canvas sock collection is for those who just want a burst of colour above the ankle or when a bold design might not be deemed appropriate.
However even these socks can be linked to art. During Simon Dutson's second year at university, he became experimented in breaking painting down to its fundamental elements: Paint powder, water and a blank canvas. The aim was to create a piece of artwork that was randomly generated and to photograph the process. Titled "The Process of Art", paint powder, and finally water, was exploded from balloons over a blank canvas.
So, why bamboo?
Bamboo is a lot softer than cotton and therefore feels more luxurious. Much like comparing cashmere with wool.
However, it isn’t just about the softness and feel. There are also health benefits. Bamboo yarns absorb the moisture from your feet, keeping them dry. Bamboo also has antibacterial qualities, making the socks fresher for longer.