|a sample of Dan Eldon's amazing work|
|Dan Eldon's amazing journals|
|That is the ACTUAL thumbprint of Dan Eldon. Wow.|
|"Journey is The Destination" written all over the shoe. A Dan Eldon quote.|
About 10 years ago I stumbled upon a gorgeous collection of scrapbook style art from artist and photojournalist Dan Eldon. His work fascinated me on many levels. I had always loved that messy style of scrapbooking and combining art techniques. I loved his use of painting, photography, drawing and found art all together in one. He created these amazing journals of his travels and opening one was like taking a journey yourself. They were heartbreaking in their beauty and emotionally strong in their ability to show you the world. Dan Eldon was killed during a protest in Mogadishu.
I have a few of his books (art books) and have given them as heartfelt gifts to many. His work lives on via his family on this amazing website http://daneldon.com/ and as I just discovered through my new favorite shoe company Toms Shoes. I was gifted a pair for Christmas and they are my new favorite! The story behind the line is simple, they make amazing shoes, stylish and comfortable, and for each pair you purchase a pair is purchase for a child in need of shoes. What could be better than that!
You can imagine my smile when I stumbled across this bit of information on the Toms Shoes website while I was checking out their kids line for Juliette (which is adorable by the way). Take a moment to see this line inspired my the spirited life of Dan Eldon. His work is amazing and these shoes are a great tribute to his life and passions. You simply must check them out.
My eyes are tearing just thinking about how proud he would be to be apart of a company that donated a pair of shoes for each one purchased. I think I might need a new pair...
(Images of Dan Eldon's work straight from http://daneldon.com and shoe pictures are fromhttp://www.toms.com)