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FELIX GREEN – INKHEARTS CUSTOM KICKS AND CABOODLE

Posted October 24th by Design Splat in Artists, Clothing Designer, Crafter, Handmade Products, Illustrators, Shoe Designer

After a broken leg, the inability to walk for 6 months and a passion for art, Felix wanted some new funky kicks for when he could walk again. After a lot of practice and a drive to succeed, Ink Heart was born. Ink Heart Custom Kicks & Caboodle is a little shop run by Felix Green, Inkheart customises canvas pumps and a range of other goodies and they are guaranteed one of a kind!

Interview

Hello and thank you for joining us on Design Splat Felix!

Now lets jump right in, how did you get into Art?

I  have been drawing since I was a little kid. When I was younger I loved comics especially x-men and I used to aspire to being a comic artist.

How long have you been painting designs onto kicks and headphones?

I have been painting on shoes and headphones for around a year now.

Where did the idea come from?

A couple of years ago I fell off a ladder and broke my leg in 3 places, this meant I couldn’t walk for about 6months. For some reason I decided I should have some sweet kicks for when I could walk again! This is how it began, and not being able to walk I had a lot of time to practice (my first pairs were awful!)

What does art mean to you?

Without sounding cheesy, it really helps me relax and I cant imagine doing anything else which would make me as happy.

What is your inspiration for the designs you paint?

I am highly inspired by comic books and also anime art I love manga films!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I am currently in the process of producing a t-shirt and bag range and will be starting a market stall in Spital Fields London in the next few weeks. I am also in talks with an art collective about creating work together. So I hope to have expanded the range and be continually pushing myself.

What drives you/gives you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?

I have always wanted to do art for a living and being able to support myself via art drives me, I am also highly competitive so when I see art I love I get stressed and feel I have to get straight to work to become better!

What obstacles – if any, have you encountered along the way?

I feel working for yourself there are constant obstacles and just trying to be creative and push myself forward is a constant obstacle, but one worth getting over.

Can you recall the first piece that you created that made you go WOW!?

I think when I first created my pair of shoes with the robot featured I thought I may have something here and it drove me to keep designing shoes everyday even before I had attempted to make any sales with them.

What is the most memorable piece that you have done and why?

I met a person in Nottingham who requested having his girlfriends pet dog put onto a shoe! He sent me a photo and I painted her pet onto the shoes for a present. I received really good feedback and I really enjoyed doing them, it is a bit different from the usual designs I do and was a real challenge.

Does fame attract you?

I am personally not intersted in fame, I would be happy for my work to be well recieved/famous 🙂

Do you cater for custom designs?

Yes, I love to do custom designs and bring customers ideas to life. Around 50% of my sales are custom orders.

Where can we buy your kicks and headphones?

They are available @ http://www.inkheart.co.uk

How do you rate yourself as an artist?

I find this one hard to answer, I suppose I set a goal which I feel I need to reach but when I get there I just change the goal so I never feel like I am there yet (as an artist.)

What makes a good artist?

I think someone who can take all their influences use the best parts and then add a totally original slant to it. (maybe)

Three words to describe yourself?

Driven, Hairy, Hungry.

Hobbies and other interests?

Movies, Indoor Climbing.

Favourite artist?

Shan Jiang (at the moment)

Favourite piece you have created?

It might just be beacuse I did them recently but I really like the R2D2 Custom shoes!

Tools of the trade?

Canvas Pumps, Acrylic paint, Varnish, Paint brushes, lots of Permanent Marker pens!

Any Tips and tricks you want to share with aspiring artists/designers?

I guess what always held me back was the fear of doing a bad peice of art so I suppose just keep going (it feels weird giving advice!)

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Contact Info:

Email: Inkheart@hotmail.co.uk

Website: http://www.inkheart.co.uk

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/InkHeartKicks

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Inkheart-Custom-Kicks-Caboodle/107147572708025

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/InkHeartKicks

Take a look at some of Inkhearts custom kicks and caboodle!


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