THE ART OF RESILIENCE

By Surbi Sharma

THE ART OF RESILIENCE

By Surbi Sharma

Shoe Size:UK 5

Shoe Name:Fila Disruptor II

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Surbi Sharma

Illustrator & Artist

Surbi is an illustrator, artist and a zine enthusiast based in Bangalore. They make stickers, prints and zines and use art as a means to explore their feelings, identity and queerness. They want to create an inclusive representation through their art. They like to make stupid illustrations of tetra pack juice boxes and other items you’d find in a grocery store. In their free time, Surbi can be found crocheting and rewatching old films.

The Story

Being stuck alone at home, going through major changes in the way we had always experienced life, really took a toll on everyone’s mental and physical health. Where before you had people to rely on, maybe a little too much, you’re now just on your own. And what do you do with that? ‘The Art of Resilience’ shoes are a reminder that no matter where you go, what you step into, you are your own home. Nourishing elements like the sun, hands and flowering vines represent what it takes to find and make a home in yourself. As someone who’s struggled with mental health issues and was quite over-reliant on people before the pandemic, my biggest takeaway was to practice the art of resilience and being okay with myself. This healing journey has been challenging, but it’s above all about vulnerability, compassion and kindness. It's about learning to find a home within myself, to grow and evolve while going through changes. I wanted to translate what I had been practicing at home onto the shoes.