It was a shock to realize in 1997 that I was 50 years old, and that I still had much work to do. I needed to somehow mark the occasion and considered how being 50 may be different than an earlier age. High heel boots and shoes became the symbol for me. I gathered all the wonderful shoes I could no longer wear; they were all too painful and this became a moment of recognition. I made many drawings of my shoe collection, finding ways to exaggerate their elegant but painful qualities. Like the stones, I saw they had a quiet simplicity resonating with other meanings and beautiful as well.
The leather off-cuts from the bag maker came in handy again and I made a collection of collages of shoe shapes with bindings, bandages, spikes and all manner of coverings to suggest pain in their wearing. The resulting prints in collographs, etchings and some linocuts were in small or unique state editions on paper. The collection was exhibited at Art Images Gallery, Norwood in 1998 along with the matrices of collages. I re-visited some of them recently in 2020, printing them and adding watercolours in bright cheerful colours.