Q&A with senior Nash Cheslock on shoe painting hobby

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Avery Carlisle

artful strokes: Senior Nash Cheslock adds details to a pair of white Nike Air Force 1 shoes. Cheslock said he mostly uses acrylic paints for these projects.

Avery Carlisle

When did you start painting shoes and how did you discover this hobby?

I saw one guy on YouTube do it and it looked really cool, so I figured I would make my own pair. I also paint AirPods and do regular paintings for my AP portfolio on reclaimed objects. I like functional art and sustainability. I tend to use oil and acrylic paints.

Where do you draw inspiration from for the shoe designs?

(My inspiration is) mostly climate change. That’s what my AP portfolio is about. (My) polar bear (piece) about ice caps melting and (another design) is to spread awareness about the bee population declining. 

shoe designing:
Senior Nash Cheslock holds up two of his favorite shoes he has designed. The pair on the left is based on the save the bees movement and the pair on the right is based on climate change. (Avery Carlisle)

What steps are involved in the process?

First, I get an idea and sketch it out, and then I clean the shoe with acetone to get all the chemicals off the shoe. Then I sketch (the design) on the shoe (and) I do different layers of painting and finishing details. I finish the painting and if I want anything else, like embroidery, I do that last. 

Where can other people view your work?

I was recently featured in the Carmel International Arts Festival and I also have an instagram to showcase my work. (My instagram) is @nashcheslockart.

Who have you painted shoes for and what were the designs?

The first pair I made was for myself which had bees and flowers. The second pair was for my girlfriend, Lizzie, and it was a 3D swoosh design with all different colors. The third pair was for my sister, Mallorey, and it was the polar bear climate change design. I’ve done color blocking designs for my friend. I also did another pair for myself and another pair for my girlfriend.

Are there any other types of art you are into?

I also paint AirPods and do regular paintings for my AP portfolio on reclaimed objects. I like functional art and sustainability. I tend to use oil and acrylic paints.

 

 

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