Walking with my Head

Walking with my Head


>> I know I've been slacking off but like I said on my Twitter, all I could think about is dunking myself in an ice bath… or alternatively, running through a fountain like the one at Southbank… I have nothing remotely sartorial to write about when I'm wearing what are essentially shoes that appeal to the inner child… yup, the type of floral Docs that inspire hate threads on The Fashion Spot and are considered trite and 'try hard' (when did a verb and an adjective come together to become a properly established adjective?).  I'm only going to say this much… they're incredibly useful for making me feel five again propelling me to run through fountains…




Anyhow, onto weightier matters… since the mind is most occupied with ice baths and fountains, an easy exhibition at the Hayward, that's heavy with largescale and literal installations made sense… 'Walking in my Mind' is on at the moment and for the occasion, Yayoi Kusama has tacked her polka dots on the trees alongside the Thames , in an astro-turfed garden and inside the gallery.  Illustrator Yoshitomo Nara has reconstructed the coolest hut that mirrors his working studio.  The work that astounded me the most was the room that Chiharu Shiota had constructed which was an expanse of black thread cat's cradle…each line held taut to intertwine in a super complex web that protects a circle of white wedding-like dresses in the centre.  I don't have images of the actual room at the Hayward but with her past work at other galleries here… you get the picture… the cat's cradle technique is a repeated motif that crops up to different degrees…

I wonder what the dress trapped inside this entanglement of thread is supposed to represent… I'll attempt to think about it in my ice bath…

**EDIT** Ooops…gender bender mistake… I knew Yayoi was a woman but wrote 'his' but wasn't sure about Chiharu… apols…









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  1. Jonna

    2009-07-04 at 10:53 PM

    Chiharo Shiota had attached the shoes to an outside wall of a house in Berlin last autumn. That was a real stopper. M.ariii has some pictures on her flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/m_ariii/2928757691/

  2. Jonna

    2009-07-04 at 10:56 PM

    An even better view: http://www.flickr.com/photos/offshore/2931592735/
    It just looked so amazing.

  3. Eliza

    2009-07-04 at 10:58 PM

    i have to say that i adore those docs. who cares what others say anyways… you always manage to pull things off because it’s clear that you wear them because you like them, not because you’re trying to look like a trendster…
    as for that exhibit, my mind is whirling. wow…

  4. Winnie

    2009-07-04 at 11:19 PM

    I need to see this exhibition! I love the docs on you!

  5. MJ

    2009-07-04 at 11:28 PM

    I took like a million photos of those trees as well! They cheered me right up… The exhibit is breathtaking. Not sure what it means but it sure is beautiful.

  6. Ashley

    2009-07-04 at 11:29 PM

    There are really hate threads about those shoes on TFS? That’s so funny! I really like them!

  7. daria&willow

    2009-07-04 at 11:31 PM

    you and those shoes are amazing 🙂

  8. daria&willow

    2009-07-04 at 11:31 PM

    you and those shoes are amazing 🙂

  9. knitkicks

    2009-07-04 at 11:47 PM

    south bank is actually the best. such a nice place to chillax

  10. cassiopeia

    2009-07-05 at 12:19 AM

    Ah those fountains are amazing! Love the Southbank with a passion… Must get to that exhibition! Xxxc

  11. dale

    2009-07-05 at 12:22 AM

    susiebubble, i read your blog avidly, checking in every day to see what gems you have unearthed, and it’s always a pleasure.
    so this comes only out of all the love i have for this blog – yayoi kusama and chiharu shiota are both women x x dlae

  12. refulgence

    2009-07-05 at 12:24 AM

    this exhibition looks absolutely incredible, thank you so much for posting. Im definitely going to try and get there before I leave london on thursday.
    and by the way, if you can make those doc martens work, go for it! let the haters be jealous they can’t make them look so good =)

  13. Christiangalinthecity

    2009-07-05 at 12:46 AM

    Susie – you really are beautiful! Your just so unique! keep doing what you do, we are in this mad,crazy blogging adventure together!! xoxo

  14. Jazz Kate

    2009-07-05 at 1:14 AM

    That exhibition looks amazing!
    Also, I would love to have shoes like those. 🙂

  15. Zen

    2009-07-05 at 1:18 AM

    Those Docs are adorable!
    I was at South Bank today and was equally excited by the fountain. Sadly I slipped and fell on my butt while dashing in. 🙁 Should have been wearing Docs!

  16. Faith

    2009-07-05 at 3:12 AM

    I love Yayoi Kusama’s work, she’s always so inspiring!

  17. chiunkim

    2009-07-05 at 3:39 AM

    wow its sooo wonderful marvelous
    i loved it!!!!!!!!!
    the dream in reality…
    what a art exhibition!

  18. SRR

    2009-07-05 at 3:53 AM

    The Docs are awesome!
    The installations just amazing, especially the one with the shoes. Wow. And who wouldn’t want to take a walk in the park amongst polkadotted trees?

  19. Soph

    2009-07-05 at 4:22 AM

    I was trying to supress my urge for docs but then I checked in for my daily dose of stylebubble and I’m all a quiver.

  20. Sister Wolf

    2009-07-05 at 6:02 AM

    No one may dis your Docs!

  21. Dru

    2009-07-05 at 8:22 AM

    Why the Doc hatred? I think they’re adorable, and more importantly, you seem to like them so it’s fantastic.
    Just one tiny error in the post though: Yayoi Kusama is a woman. The polka-dotted trees look unbelievably surreal, though- half of me expects this to turn up in a Tim Walker shoot.

  22. jenna

    2009-07-05 at 8:24 AM

    ohh i’m looking for floral docs now…. eventhough its winter in australia. they look amazing!

  23. Make Do Style

    2009-07-05 at 9:06 AM

    Your doc wearing has liberated me to step out in clogs again. I love clogs and I really shouldn’t be an apologist for that!

  24. Sara Bara

    2009-07-05 at 9:12 AM

    epic post! seriously!

  25. Natty

    2009-07-05 at 10:08 AM

    Yayoi kusama is a she btw. I love her work, her mad, all consuming polka dot visions are amazing, plus the fact that she can actually see polka dots everywhere.

  26. Stephanie

    2009-07-05 at 12:03 PM

    I love the floral Docs.

  27. Tiphaine

    2009-07-05 at 12:09 PM

    Your floral Docs are awesome !

  28. Ali

    2009-07-05 at 12:30 PM

    The Docs are beautiful and haters should be shunned! I have serious Doc envy :/
    I’m a vegan though so I don’t wear leather…(please take a moment to think how hard this can make shoe shopping..sob!)..but it is my choice to do this so I can’t complain. You can get vegan Docs but they’re so hard to come by! I’m always trawling ebay..

  29. TOMERea

    2009-07-05 at 12:33 PM

    wow, amazing!

  30. Mili

    2009-07-05 at 12:46 PM

    & i think these docs look absolutely great on you, you look so fresh with them & the dress & the long hair. kinda like 5, but still your age too.

  31. Anika

    2009-07-05 at 3:45 PM

    Okay, forget the hate threads…I love me these floral docs. So pretty. Keep on stomping through the puddles bella!
    And the exhibition is fabulous…so ingenius!

  32. diane

    2009-07-05 at 3:50 PM

    Brilliant post; the trees, the dreamy dresses, the shoes tied up with strings.
    Doc Martins make me feel like Ronald McDonald.

  33. Ore

    2009-07-05 at 7:39 PM

    I absolutely LOVE the floral docs!!
    I have the black patent ones but I did want the floral ones
    The haate threads should just shut up!!

  34. Lucy

    2009-07-05 at 8:16 PM

    You look great in your pictures! those are the only pair of Doc Martins I’d probably ever wear. I’m such a sucker for cute florals.

  35. Saga

    2009-07-06 at 12:13 AM


  36. selina

    2009-07-06 at 12:19 AM

    hahaha gorgeous!! what a sight, i bet some people thought they were dreaming! i think the boots are great, especially in the lighter print, it’s less grunge more cute- always my favourite out of the two!

  37. adreamer

    2009-07-06 at 1:25 AM

    running thru the fountain looks like loads of fun! those docs are lovely and i’d kill for them. not try hard at all…
    i wish i could see the chiharu shiota installations inn person. they are “mind blowing”.

  38. Bombshell Kitten

    2009-07-06 at 5:16 AM

    Whole exhibit is amazing, wonder what the deeper meaning is?

  39. kim

    2009-07-06 at 10:50 AM

    Tokyobanhao has some flowery docs as well I think. I’m not a big doc fan in general, I don’t see why these especially would invoke hate and the regular docs not? It’s just a print?
    I love Yayoi’s stuff, so much fun. Saw her pumpkins (yup, dotted) at Naoshima last year, so cool to see the kids and adults playing on them.

  40. missmilki

    2009-07-06 at 11:25 AM

    I can’t believe that there are people who hate floral Docs! How could you hate something so pretty and reminiscent of childhood?!
    I’ve wanted a pair since I was about 14. It was the 90s and Docs were cool but I was decidedly uncool and lusted after the flowery ones. I used visit the Doc shop and dream of the day I could save up enough to buy a pair. It never came and since they’ve come back I’ve thought of buying them but felt I was a bit too old for them. But seeing you wearing them makes me wonder…maybe its time to indulge my craving for pretty flowery Docs! 🙂

  41. B

    2009-07-06 at 11:25 AM

    I don’t care what other people say, those shoes are <3 !

  42. Isabel

    2009-07-06 at 3:03 PM

    The black thread one is sort of disturbing but I love it anyways.
    Who says floral Docs are try hard? LAME. Any kind of Docs are boss.

  43. Raji

    2009-07-06 at 6:46 PM

    “Walking in my mind” is amazinggg
    Could just stare at the trees for agesss
    And I couldn’t passs without leaving a messagee 🙂 haha
    I loveee the docs

  44. tink

    2009-07-07 at 7:56 AM

    Floral docs make my heart skip a beat!

  45. Charles

    2009-07-08 at 4:46 PM

    Those things are all kinda trippy.

  46. Rose

    2009-07-10 at 3:52 AM

    I knew those shoes-on-strings looked familiar! I used to live just down the road from the apartment on Torstrasse, Berlin, that was host to a sister installation for a while. It was so fantastically whimsical, I never even bothered to find out who was responsible. Just skipped a bit whenever I walked past it.
    Great pictures of the black thread installation. Can’t stop looking! Ta 🙂

  47. meg

    2009-07-11 at 3:33 AM

    I don’t know what you mean that people on TFS hate floral docs…I myself have posted pics of my favorite floral Docs in that thread (I like the purple ones as well as the classic multicolor) and people have always talked about them in a positive way, or shown their own, including the Yohji collob…..I’m confused…

  48. susie_bubble

    2009-07-11 at 10:31 AM

    Meg…. I think I’m referring to the Trends That You Hate thread…

  49. meg

    2009-07-12 at 12:19 AM

    oh okay. I was confused…because the Doc Martens revival thread has love for all things Doc Martens….http://forums.thefashionspot.com/f49/doc-martens-revival-42483-52.html

  50. megan v

    2009-07-21 at 5:34 PM

    These images are stunning – the cats cradle – wowwww! And I am now in LOVE with the idea of polka-dotted tree trunks. I want to see prints all over the place! Why can’t there be more of this around?!
    So inspiring 🙂

  51. bua

    2010-10-21 at 3:29 AM

    hi i’m just new so i love all kind of fashion that you put on your web but are they from same country?i mean are they from England or are they from all over the word.would you mind telling me? thank you sooooo much.

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