“Walking in Love 爱的艺术家”
When I am walking in love, there is no fear.
My grandma, Xixiu Zhao, an 87-year-old Chinese woman, has her own unique way of creating beautiful embroidered shoes for loved ones. All these decades, she never sold them, but made them as gifts for family members and friends. In my case, she has continued making shoes for me from infancy until adulthood – even now, while I live so far away in America. No matter where I am, I always have my grandma’s handmade shoes with me. They make me feel close to home, helping me to be brave and confident when I travel life's valleys.
Grandma is the artist of love in my heart; who is yours?
– Xiaoxing “Adele” Han
“Walking in Love” is consisted of an exhibition of 10-20 pairs of Ms. Han’s handmade embroidered shoes and a video to share the main concept and her grandma’s story. In bringing her grandma's story to light, Ms. Han hopes that others will likewise share their own “artists of love” with the world. Artists of love do not need to be professional artists, but simply anyone with a unique and special way of sharing love. All contributions will become part of the “Walking in Love” documentary, which is aimed at encouraging more people to recognize "artists of love" – and perhaps become one.
外婆是我心中爱的艺术家，谁是你的呢？” – 韩晓星
COLLECTION OF STORIES
"My grandma's handmade shoes"
"Family Paper Crane"
"Drawing my Family"
"To Reach with Love"
FEB 2016 - MAY 2016 Michigan State University Museum
Exhibition and event photos
Event promotion materials design
JULY 2015 - Current Beta Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada