Now a successful artist and entrepreneur, Louie Gong got his start by customizing shoes with cultural art. Louie has long used art and shoes as a teaching tool, putting on hundreds of “Design Yourself” workshops with the Mockups art toy for youth from all over the world.
The Shoes Coloring Book provides an exciting new platform for youth to engage with art and identity in a fun, accessible way. The book leads kids through Louie’s process of making custom shoes, starting them off practicing coloring and replicating Louie’s designs and guiding them through to making shoe designs of their very own. This interactive coloring and activity book is bound to spark creative conversation as youth are encouraged to create personally meaningful art for their friends, family, and community members. Recommended for youth ages 6 and up.
- 32 pages
- Glossy cover
- Printed locally in Seattle
- Louie Gong (Nooksack), founder of Eighth Generation, is a self-taught artist who was raised by his grandparents in the Nooksack tribal community in northwest Washington. He got his start by painting cultural art on shoes, but realized that creating one-of-a-kind pieces did not provide a sustainable pathway to success, and began applying his artwork to accessibly-priced products. Louie’s unique style merges traditional Coast Salish art with influences from his mixed heritage and urban environment to create work that resonates widely across communities and cultures.