A massive shout out to another shoe artist here:
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Maggie, a proud Malaysian, graduated university with a business degree and I like to call myself as a creative person as I am one with many roles. My day job is managing food and beverage marketing for 10 different outlets; I am also working part time for a beauty company on affiliate marketing; and I leave my free time for my passion – art. Other freelance roles include emceeing, dancing, and copywriting.
When did you begin your art journey?
My parents signed me up for art classes when I was about 7 years old. I won a couple of art competitions in school and actually thought of pursuing art for my tertiary education, but was turned down by my parents because they don’t think it will be a career. The actual art journey began during my university days where it started off as a gift giving gesture for a friend’s birthday, my work then became a topic on social media and were increasingly demanded among my friends, so I eventually decided to turn my artwork into a customised shoe painting business back in the year 2010, I was 19 then. I name the business MTMT designs, it represent the initials of my full name. Till date, as paint works evolved into different mediums as well, I have clients from close to 12 countries globally, about 10 pieces of public murals in Malaysia and taught close to a 100 students for workshops. Services provided include customized shoe painting, canvas painting, mural works, painting workshops and also CSR projects.
I mainly use acrylic for my painting, and I’m trying to pick up watercolour and chalk to broaden my art capabilities.
MTMT Designs will continue to strive for a better position towards the contribution of Malaysia’s art scene.
What inspired you to create your form of art?
I particularly enjoyed recreating an art piece of an artist, it gives me a sense of achievement of being able to achieve what they created. I’m also slowly moving into a phase where I can create my own style and designs, it’s taking me a while to get there because I am still not having the right confidence with my creations.
What is your one essential tool that you cannot live without (for your art)?
My paint brush! (and paint!) It’s brutal to keep this to ONE haha.
Where can I find you on the web?
I use to have a website but closed it down because I don’t have time to manage it, right now it’s mainly on my social media platforms:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mtmtdesigns
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mtmtdesigns
What do you like to do when you are not creating?
Working out at the gym, playing with my dog, reading, travelling
Have you got any pets?
Yes! A toy poodle with the name Jasper. He’s our first family pet and he’s a bundle of joy. Always bumming around the house looking for snacks and he loves playing fetch in the house.
What is your favourite art book? (or, what are you reading at the moment, your choice)
No particular favourite art book, I’m reading “Blue Ocean Strategy” at the moment.
Custom Jordans, custom Nikes, hand painted Doc Martens or even your choice of leather footwear or apparel will make you stand out from the crowd this season with warm and dry toes.
ShoeTattoos can now boast a really decent stack of Angelus brand leather paints which are the very best paints available for leather customisation.
I can paint the leather, midsole, heel tab and bumper. The soles can be done but you’ll need a sole protector if you want the paint to last there.
All designs are my own except for the calf boots, which are fan art taken from a picture by the incredible artist Tom Lewis. He’s absolutely incredible, well worth a click through and browse.
Don’t blend in, stand out! Blaze a trail for others to follow in your new hand painted, custom designed footwear and apparel. Be sure that nobody else is going to be wearing the same outfit as you, by asking the Wild Bunny to work her magic on your favourite trainers, boots, jacket or bag.
- Upcycling – your trusty denim jacket or leather boots
- Treat yourself – to an unique hand painted or printed wearable work of art
- Best gift, ever! Make someone’s day
- Weddings – custom Converse/Vans
- Screen printing – tees/sweats/bags
- Graphic design – t-shirt & other design work
Want to see what she does? Look upwards and click the Facebook or the Instagram icon, which will whisk you away to her latest projects and inspirations. Check the Facebook albums, which are categorised for ease of viewing. A short portfolio is available by clicking the Portfolio tab above.
The FAQ’s above are well worth a read because they contain all the common questions that get asked :p There’s no such thing as a stupid question.
The Queen of Shoe Tattoos (The Royal Connection on October 2017) and other awards:
Keep scrollin’ if you want the Blog…..
Wild Bunny can paint your shoes any which way you’d like. But have you thought about replacing your bog standard laces with something a bit more feminine?
These Doc Martins looked pretty good once I had finished them.But once Satinribbon shoelaces added the final touches, they looked spectacular.
I’ve added such laces to several of my projects now and I particularly love the dual colour ones.
I really appreciate every sale I get and it helps to make our lives so much easier, as well as the joy I feel when I create something beautiful. Satin ribbon shoelaces is one of my valued customers – we met when I bought some laces from her and she is so helpful.
If you have bought from me and would like me to feature your business, get in touch.
Here are a few more pictures to inspire your lace choices:
So it was an honour to collaborate with this great illustrator and innovator and find that his tag line where Apparel meets Art was a perfect fit with my own customised wearable art.
ShoeDoodles only wears what she can be active in, her life and art compliment and reflect each other. DresdecO promotes movement and the fusion of art and life.
Whoever invented the name Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza is a marketing genius. Killer name, and it turned out to be an even more spectacular event than I could have imagined. Over two days my pile of cards and flyers (don’t get me started on the non arrival of my fliers from the printers!) got seriously depleted and I basked in the love of the amazing people visiting my stall.
I was bricking it a little, being a newcomer to the business and a first timer at the wedding fair game. I’d also had three weeks notice, to invent a reasonable looking stall layout and add some wedding-related shoes to take along. I needn’t have worried beause the organisers – despite looking a bit over worked – had planned the show with such extreme awesomeness that from my point of view everything ran like clockwork.
Every single exhibitor was amazing, kind, friendly and sold the most incredible stuff you have ever seen! You’d be doing yourself a great favour if you had a look at any category from the show ( exhibitor list here) that you’re interested in – every single product that I saw was original, perfect and insanely desirable.
Every visitor was happy and chatty and I overheard some amazing comments about how EWE is the only wedding show worth going to, and how it is absolutely the best in the whole of the universe since the beginning of time. Or words to that effect.
My most perfect and massive thanks go to Jo, Sassy and Yasmin. You inspirational, creative and vibrant trio have lifted me from my doldrums and given me hope that I can make ShoeDoodles work for me and Malachi. I felt so at home amongst the other people there, I was not the only wierdo with funny coloured hair intent on pursuing her dream to make the world a more colourful place. I’ve got a little tear coming up now. Sniffle. Anyway, ladies, you know, thank you. I feel all sheep-ish now *laughing emoticon with tears*.
Here’s some of the great pictures that Jay Emme took of my little part of the spectacular Eclectic Wedding Extragavanza and a selection of Wedding Shoe ideas.
UPDATE: check out the official EWE blog piece here .
And next weekend will be so full of sparkly unicorn glitter rainbows it’s untrue. You wonder of what am I rambling about? I am a very proud exhibitor at The Eclectic Wedding Extavaganza in Birmingham.
You might have been under the impression from my previous posts that life in the Doodles has become a bit grim but it’s not altogether so. How can I ever be sad for long with my freaking amazing son, a job that makes people happy and an amazing handful of incredible friends?
I started ShoeDoodles to take my mind off challenging stuff, and preparation for EWE has had me so busy I appear to have regained my spark again. Yay to the little cute sheep! I’m always happy when my brushes are damp and my living room looks like a studio. It’s even had FunnyFunkyDoodles reaching for some paper and creating his own work. We collaborated to upcycle a denim jacket of his – what do you think?
You can see it in person on the 1st and 2nd of April.