Elisabeth Thorsen is a Norwegian shoemaker and artist.
She graduated from the Norwegian shoemaker school in 2008 and has been making art out
of shoes ever since. She approaches her projects with a unique angle as she is making pieces
of art, not merely functional footwear. Her shoes have an aesthetic expression, pleasing to
the eye as well as challenging to fully grasp. She likes to craft her shoes experimenting with
unusual material not commonly used for shoemaking. Recycled material such as furniture,
pencils, carpets, drapes and other unusual material such as ice, sugar and sports tape has
all been included in her work.
Her inspiration is from fairytales, nature, art and 70s movies. She also does performances
both live and in video productions. Her previous work has been shown at:
Kunsthalle Budapest, Kunsthaus Wien, Scloss Lichtenwalde (Germany) Krakow,
Abu Dhabi, Oslo and Kuwait.
In 2017, Elisabeth Thorsen designed & launched her own exclusive and limited collection of goodyear welted shoes made in Portugal. Many of the shoes are made with hand-woven vintage carpets and vegetable tanned leather. The carpet shoes are unique items, no pair is completely the same. Some of the plain leather shoes are unique pieces where other artists have been invited
to decorate them. Elisabeth also wants to invite the buyer to do something special with the
If you are interested in buying anything, or find my work interesting and want to work with me,
send me an email