An Atlas of Feet

I asked everybody I portrayed for my Atlas of Makers about their feet. Unsurprisingly feet do not matter that much for most people. At least not for their making process. I am pretty sure everybody I spoke to is happy they have them. But still, there are some uses that are worth mentioning.


The feeling that shoes, or socks, give them plays a role for some people. Robert Jan walks around on his socks to feel more down to earth. A few people explicitly mentioned the importance of shoes for their image. Marrije always wears high heals for good posture. And Harold’s shoes are a remnant of his punkrock days.


Two of the people I talked to walk around to collect things to work with. They get inspired by the things the see while they walk. Kiki collects troepjes, pieces of scrap she finds on the street. She uses these to build all kinds of things with. And Joke makes jewellery with repeated patterns of similar things she finds. Like white, broken stones with holes in them.


Other people get inspired in a different way. Joost sometimes needs to get up and walk around. This helps him with reflecting on the things he’s doing. This is similar to how Titus uses his feet. For Titus this urge to walk around is amplified by his urge to smoke. His smoking breaks are a nice way to reflect on his work.

Not walking

Then there are some people who prefer not to walk. Astrid can not think while she walks, which is the opposite of the people who get up to reflect. She listens to podcasts when she walks. Stefanos is on his feet all day, but he’d rather sit down with a glass of ouzo.


I assumed there would be no conclusion possible at all about feet, that they wouldn’t really matter in the making process. It turns out that even here some unforeseen insights are possible. Not sure if I need to do more research into feet. It is interesting to see that for some people walking is good for reflecting or for inspiration, while for others it means they can’t think. Maybe I should portray someone who can not use their feet.