HAVERHILL — The first shoe being decorated as part of Team Haverhill’s much anticipated Soles of Haverhill 2014 – Fashion Forward project was recently painted by students in the Discovery Club at Consentino School.
The young artists were guided by local muralist Elizabeth Persing, who is serving as the project’s Artist in Residence.
The whimsical design students created complements the recently completed mural on the Bradford Rail Trail on the back of Arthur Sharp’s Hardware, which features animals and plants of the Merrimack River corridor.
In keeping with the project’s Fashion Forward theme, students painted inhabitants of the river, including fish, eels and a seal, and depicted them in a variety of fashion fabric designs such as stripes and polka dots. One image, of a snapping turtle, was created in the design of argyle, a pattern of diamonds, while an eel was represented in a paisley print design.
Seventh-grader Selena Fuller, a member of the Discovery Club program, spent hours working with Persing on the shoe, which has not received an official name yet. The shoe is expected to be placed on the Bradford Rail Trail in July.
“We got to pick what project we wanted to work on,” said Selena, who loves to draw as well as paint. “Liz asked us what fishes we wanted to paint.”
Selena got to paint a fish with a striped design, as well as some bubbles along with some seaweed and sections of the shoe’s blue background.
“It came out pretty cool,” Selena said.
Eighth-grader Payton Collins said he thought it would be a good opportunity to take part in a relaxing and creative project.
“I love it,” Payton said. “Everyone got to pick their own design and be creative with their fish. It was pretty interesting.”
Eric Karlstad, president of Team Haverhill, said the project brings excitement, more activities, and even greater attention to Haverhill’s continuing renaissance.