Helen Wilson’s original inspiration for this body of work came from one of Liz Lochhead’s early poems, “Poem for My Sister”, which is ostensibly about shoes. For Wilson shoes seem to absorb and reflect so much of their wearer like a unique extension of a person. She decided to ask a number of writers if they would be prepared to lend her some form of footwear, of their choice, for her to paint. The resultant work is a combination of shoe portraits and spin-off works. The spin-off works are all related in some way to the writers’ work, although that might not always be immediately obvious.