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Rebecca Strzelec

"If the Shoe Fits" - Rebecca Strzelec, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson

"If the Shoe Fits" - Rebecca Strzelec, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson

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"If the Shoe Fits" - Rebecca Strzelec, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson

Model: Stella Vorlicek




Silver and turquoise buttons made by Daman and Marie Thompson, vintage shoe factory template board, vintage embroidered daisy patches, woven book repair tape, flower eyelets, cotton cord, thread.


24 x 7.5 x .75 inches

Artist Statement

When I lived in Altoona, Pennsylvania I would often attend live auctions at closing factories, defunct schools, and abandoned homes. In the early aughts I successfully bid on several lots of tools, machines, furniture, and various treasure-bits of a shoe factory. Within one of those lots were boxes of template boards used to mark locations of stitch holes, shoelace eyelets, and other locations on shoe uppers. They are gorgeous in an antique machine green with metal pegs and marks from repeated use. I have been keeping them safe for this very exhibition. For High Low High I cut two shoe silhouettes from a single board to create the base for a pair of neckpieces that serve as wall hangings when not adorning the body. I highlighted Daman and Marie Thompson’s expertly crafted buttons turning them into eyes—seeing and showing how to be better, so much better.

Artist bio:
Rebecca Strzelec (hint: that z is silent, rhymes with ‘relic’) serves as Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor within the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. From 2002-2023 Strzelec served as Distinguished Professor of Visual Arts and Head of Visual Art Studies at Penn State University, Altoona College. She earned her BFA and MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM. Her often-narrative work consists of wearable objects which are created via 3D modeling, 3D printing, LASER cutting, sewing, and other methods. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design, Fuller Craft Museum, Racine Art Museum, and the private collection of Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Strzelec’s work has been featured in exhibitions the US and abroad. Strzelec served as Chair of the SIGGRAPH 2012 conference, an annual event that brought over 21,000 people connected to computer graphics and interactive techniques to Los Angeles. You may know Strzelec as #38 REBECCAPHOBIA when she skated for State College Area Roller Derby (sadly, she has since retired). Strzelec lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband, two children, and super mutt Wrigley.

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