A fashionable – and artistic – road trip

WAG remains fascinated by the work of Linda Filley, and an art-fueled road trip to Norfolk, Connecticut, March 5 again demonstrated just why that is.

Filley, a Millbrook-based paper artist, designs the most fanciful, one-of-a-kind shoes. We first featured her and her collectible work in our February “Exploring Romance” issue.

And this month, 30 of her creations are on dazzling display at The Norfolk Library in Litchfield County.

Having seen some of these designs in person before – during a lovely interview at her home/studio – we knew the shoes would be special.

But we couldn’t have expected such a stunning array, one that had many of those in attendance scurrying about deciding which one they simply had to purchase.

Filley, who created a number of the designs specifically for the show, laughed when we asked her how she felt with the work finally done – “Relieved,” she said.

But it was also clearly a rewarding afternoon for the artist, and those in attendance, who got to see her work up close, ask Filley about her artistic process and explore her artistry even further through a display case filled with a selection of her tools and materials.

It was, to be sure, a most memorable event.

The exhibition, “Well Heeled: Fabulous Paper Shoes by Linda Filley,” will continue through March 29. The library is at 9 Greenwoods Road East (Route 44).

For more, visit norfolklibrary.org or lindafilleypapershoes.com.

– Mary Shustack

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