Van Gogh, I Feel You…

April 26, 2016

Van Gogh, I Feel You…

From the desk of co-founder Mitzi Rivas:

You know that feeling when you are unexpectedly touched by something? Well last week I was standing in a gallery at the Art Institute of Chicago gazing at Van Gogh’s paintings of his bedrooms, and to my surprise, I was profoundly moved. I had known a few things about Van Gogh – that he was eccentric and suffered from mental illness – but this exhibition, Van Gogh’s Bedrooms, gave me insight into his lifelong search for “home” and how he expressed that in his paintings. He moved over 30 times trying to satisfy his longing and then finally, in 1888, he found it: his beloved Yellow House in Arles, France.

IMG_2189

For the first five years of Livie & Luca, I designed from my own home and I understand that human desire to have one’s own space of comfort and also the possibility of nurturing creativity within that space.  What I felt from the painting of his yellow chair was not only the peace this place brought him but the importance of celebrating the things of daily life.

I happen to love the art of people sleeping in beds, quiet celebrations of every day living.  How Van Gogh drew attention to the basic components of our daily life  - a bed, a chair, a pair of worn shoes – made me think about where Livie & Luca started.

IMG_2188

We are known for our whimsy and bright color but really we began with the idea of making a shoe that is as functional as possible. We thought and still think about where a shoe will be worn and how it would best suit the playground, the sidewalk, or climbing structure, how it would best serve the day-to-day movements of a child. These paintings touched me because real life is the place from which I design. Of course, like Van Gogh’s paintings, we want to make a shoe colorful and beautiful and to decorate what is at its core, a design of function.

IMG_2187

Being with this work made me feel like I had stepped into Van Gogh’s bedroom- into his psyche and that was both an honor and an inspiration.

Thank you dear Van Gogh,
XO, Mitzi

 

 




Leave a comment


Also in Livie & Luca Blog

Welcome to the NEW Livie & Luca!
Welcome to the NEW Livie & Luca!

November 09, 2016

Take a look at our new site features!

Continue Reading

Win our top picks from the patch
Win our top picks from the patch

October 26, 2016

Continue Reading

Livie & Luca Inspired DIY Costumes
Livie & Luca Inspired DIY Costumes

October 12, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner! Rather than making your way to the big Halloween superstore and spending an absurd amount of money on some superhero-inspired scraps of polyester, why not do things a little differently this season! Inspired by our most beloved shoes, we’ve created some memorable costumes that are as simple to make as […]

Continue Reading