The Art of Glittering
Eleanor Pritchard’s Glitzy Krewe of Muses Shoes
Eleanor “Nori” Pritchard is addicted to glitter. It all started seven years ago when she glittered a few shoes for friends who had gotten riding spots on one of the Krewe of Muses floats. Back then there wasn’t much information available on creating Muses shoes, so she started a blog, Confessions of a Glitter Addict, for other like-minded glitter enthusiasts.
Her blog has since spawned an Instagram account, @glitter_addict_nola, where she shares pictures of projects, techniques, inspiration, and glittering geniality. After receiving a note from one of her followers who was new to glittering, she became inspired to start hosting workshops.
The Glittering 101 workshops are hosted in the fall before Carnival season, but Pritchard also hosts custom workshops and glitter parties for private groups year-round. Due to the growing popularity of glittering, she’s working on developing a permanent space to host these events.
Aside from workshops, Nori also runs a burgeoning Etsy shop, Krewe du Glue, where she sells supplies to help people learn new techniques and take their glittering to the next level. The shop offers kits for “special effect” glittering (including a Red Beans & Rice Glittering Kit), custom glitter blends, digital downloads and chunky confetti.
Keeping with NOLA tradition, Pritchard always throws a little lagniappe into her Etsy orders. While a Muses shoe would be the ultimate lagniappe, she doesn’t ever sell Muses shoes in her shop. She does, however, donate her custom shoes to charity auctions.
“I think part of what makes a Muses shoe (or any handmade Carnival throw) so special is that they can’t be bought,” Pritchard said. “All that time, love, and money goes into creating a unique, beautiful work of art, and then you give them away to strangers. It’s crazy, but in the best possible way.”
While she’s made countless shoes for the Krewe of Muses, this will be Pritchard’s first year as a riding member on a Muses float.
“Carnival is my favorite time of year, especially the experience of giving out handmade throws,” Pritchard said. “Carnival is essentially built on an entire city’s generosity, and that’s such a beautiful thing to be a part of. I’m frequently awed by what an absolute privilege it is to help make that happen in my own small way.”
Catch Pritchard’s sparkly shoes during the Krewe of Muses parade
ART ON DISPLAY
Clay In Transit: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics
January 17 – March 25
Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane
Clay in Transit, presented in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico, is the work of seven Mexican-born sculptors who have created contemporary pieces using an ancient medium. Newcombartmuseum.tulane.edu/portfolio-item/clay-in-transit/
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On view through May 13
New Orleans Museum of Art
NOMA exhibits modern and contemporary Japanese ceramics from the Gitter-Yelen Collection. NOMA.org/exhibitions
Solidary & Solitary
On view through Jan. 21
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Sponsored by the Helis Foundation, Solidary & Solitary tells the history of art by African American artists from the 1940s to present day, drawn from the Joyner/Giuffrida collection. OgdenMuseum.org.