Every week, I spend time looking online and shopping in stores for new and inspiring socks. Whether I find a great new technique, luxury knits, or just well-executed or imaginative art, I like to reflect on what brought me to eventually purchasing that specific sock. Lately, I've been posting some new finds on Instagram, in case you're interested in checking out some of my newer finds.
This particular pair, pictured above, from Hot Sox, was discovered during an ordinary online excursion. The brand is designed and manufactured in the U.S., and they offer a large selection of designs. This style is titled "Degas Study Dancer Sock," and really brought me back to my "pre-artist" days (little known fact, I was a biology major before immersing myself in a world of design). I remember frequenting the Philadelphia Museum of Art when I was younger, and always being fascinated by Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, a bronze cast sculpture by French artist Edgar Degas. While most art museum visits consisted of me soaking in color, form, technique and history - this sculpture always stopped me in my tracks. I remember the delicate tulle tutu that was carefully crafted around the tiny waist of the dancer...the proud posture of a young dancer reflected in this strong, representative material. *To note though, the bronze version was cast in 1922, after Degas' death; it was originally created in wax.
Of all the socks I've bought, worn, or written about - this one has so far been the most I've been emotionally attached to. I certainly wouldn't have considered the purchase if the artwork hadn't properly reflected the sophisticated nature of one of Degas' drawings or studies; in my opinion, Hot Sox did an excellent job capturing the essence of the artwork in their sock. This pair captures a piece of my young curiosity, and a great artist's style.