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The Red Shoes Fairy Tale Art – Messie Jessie

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes is miniature art dress assemblage inspired by the fairy tale of the same name. Written by Hans Christian Andersen, the fairy tale tells the tale of a peasant girl named Karen, who coveting the Red Shoes is cursed to dance forever. Like most many a fairy tale it speaks of morality and is quite horrific in parts; eventually Karen asks an executioner to cut off her feet in an attempt to gain some respite from the Red Shoes. The executioner does so but the red shoes continue to dance,  some fairy tales can be quite sinister. Of course the Red Shoes has been turned into a ballet, which loosely follows the fairy tale from Hans Christian Andersen . It has also been made into a film about a young ballerina who joins an established ballet company and becomes the lead dancer in a new ballet called The Red Shoes, itself based on the fairy tale “The Red Shoes” by Hans Christian Andersen. A popular writer, Hans Christian Andersen was a contemporary of Charles Dickens and wrote many a fairy tale which has entranced and terrorized children over the ages.

The Red Shoes

An assemblage in a wooden box.

The assemblage comprises the miniature art dress and a decorated wooden box. The art dress is made from vintage fabrics and pleated book papers, the bodice is also constructed from paper and book papers.  The box is an old Cuban cigar box which has been painted with beautiful shades of blue green and turquoise acrylic and then distressed with small pieces of collage and gold leaf to give the piece an old theatrical feel.  Also the greens  set off the colour of the delicately made paper ballet shoes which have been strikingly painted bright red acrylic.  To get the red so vibrant they have an under-painting of a very dark blue acrylic  Below the shoes is embroidered the authors name –  Hans Christian Anderson. On the front of the box is a small embroidered panel with the words “The Red Shoes” embroidered in bright red, it’s been left quite simple to give drama.  These elements are brought together to form the theatrical assemblage “The Red Shoes”.

If you would like to purchase this miniature art dress assemblage please visit our our  Our Etsy Shop. Our Etsy shop also has several other art dress assemblage and greetings cards for sale; we hope you enjoy viewing them. If you have any queries about this piece or any of the other pieces in our Etsy shop or, would like further information about Messie Jessie, please feel free to contact us via a “convo” through our Etsy shop or via e-mail at .

If you would like to read the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale ” The Red Shoes “, its available  available for download free of charge and in many formats at the wonderful Project Gutenberg .  If you would like to own your own copy of the novel you could always try Amazon. Click here to visit the Amazon search results for the novel. Or click here to visit the Amazon search results for the movie.


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