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One Brown Shoe Publication

The complete archive of the artwork One Brown Shoe, available here.

One hundred married couples in twelve countries responded to an instruction to each make a single brown shoe using materials found around their homes. They were asked not to discuss the project with their partners and to make their shoe in secret. The shoes were revealed only once both were completed. The resulting one hundred mismatched pairs are depicted in this limited-edition boxed catalogue.

Designed by MASS MoCA’s Director of Design; Brett Yasko, each elegant custom-made, hand-finished folio box contains 100 double-sided colour cards printed on extra heavy-weight card stock. A long fold-out text sheet lists the two hundred participants and materials, dimensions and origin of each shoe along with a project description. Each copy is hand-numbered and signed.

The project is documented as it was created; each shoe is experienced first alone, then in relation to its partner. Each double-sided card represents one married couple. Pairs of shoes may be seen together by holding each card up to a mirror. The publication may be kept as a boxed archive or displayed as a portable exhibition.