Natalie Curtiss is the winner of the FC Angel Derby Swirl brief with her
winning submission "Angelic Sole." Natalie, hails from Milford, New
Hampshire, graduated from Rivier College with a BFA in Illustration, and
currently works as a web designer for WhippleHill Communications
designing websites for schools. In her spare time, Natalie works on her
own artwork, creating paintings for children's rooms and hand-painted
children's furniture using watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paints.
I'm very lucky to have a wonderful studio where I can do my work. My
husband and I purchased a 120 year old house in New Hampshire that
happened to have an attached barn. With the help of my Dad we turned the
barn's hayloft into an art studio. Now I have plenty of room to spread
out and work on my paintings, furniture, sewing and any other project I
can think up.
On her first pair of Fluevogs:
The first time I ever saw a pair of shoes with the Mini heel I knew
those were the shoes for me. I'm lucky enough to live close to the
Boston store so I bought my first pair (Mini Qtee) and have been
obsessed ever since.
On the reason why she decided to enter the FluevogCreative contest:
I started submitting designs for the various FluevogCreative contests
because I love the shoes and the idea of being able to create a design
with few restrictions was too good of an opportunity to pass up. It's a
luxury I don't often get when designing for my regular clients. The
thought of having my work published in magazines was a motivator as
well. I almost didn't enter this particular contest, but I had paid a
visit to the Boston Fluevog store and was inspired to try one more time.
The next morning, bright and early I created this design in a few hours.
Inspiration behind her winning design Angelic Sole:
This is the forth time I had entered a FluevogCreative contest, so once
I started, the ideas came pretty quickly for this one. The name "Angel"
and their Satan resistant soles immediately made me think of the stained
glass windows in churches, which is what I based my design on.
You can find more of Natalie's artwork, illustrations, and furniture art
on her website.