If you choose Gucci over gardenias — or, who are we kidding, Payless over peonies — make some room on your windowsill for these guys. Made of upcycled stiletto heels, these planters bowled us over with their natural beauty. Who knew that cacti and lucite heels could look so…right together?
Turns out the connection between the two goes deeper than their good looks. There is an interview with Berkeley, CA-based Rachel Mahlke of Giddy Spinster about her inspiration and process.
Here are a few of the words of this awesome creation:
“My aforementioned friend was throwing away an absolutely spectacular pair of clear heels. I rescued them, but wasn’t quite sure what to do with them until I started thinking about hard-working women, how uncomfortable the shoes must have been, and how plasticy-impossible they are — just like the images that women face in magazines and other media. So I sanded ’em, drilled ’em, and planted them with very sharp, dangerous cacti.”
“It all goes back to my original creative process: The mythology of beauty, and what is it to be a woman. I use Faith Whittlesey’s quote in my store: “Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.” It really just underlines how glamorous and grueling it is to be a woman.”
What kind of reaction do they get?
“People are strangely attracted to them. I think the idea of upcycling unusual items is very much part of the current cultural zeitgeist. Plus, they’re really lovely. I mean, the shoes are already made to attract attention — eye candy if you will. And the succulents and cactus are nature’s oddities, real strange beauties.”
Stiletto heel cactus planter, shiny black dominatrix
This is a size 8, seven-inch lift dominatrix shoe, upcycled of course into a new life. It’s huge! I removed the top of the shoe, sanded it, drilled holes for drainage, and then planted it with sharp, spiny cacti (ferocactus to be exact).
The cactus plant will need very bright light and just a little water from time to time. In return, it’ll repay you with a stark reminder of how hard it is to…well, to be a woman.
Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels. ~Faith Whittlesey
This is the description of most of these awesome planters.