The 1 of 1 Project: 30 Custom Vans for Charity

Next week 30 different pairs of Vans creatively made into custom Vans shoes will be up for auction in the 1 of 1 project put on by Chris Watchorn in Winnipeg, Canada. 23 artists were given a blank Vans sneaker to customize with the ultimate goal to help grow the local Winnipeg creative scene and raise money for The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Winnipeg. The opening reception is Friday June 25th. All sneakers will be available for bid on eBay June 27th, 2010. Sponsors for the auction include Vans, Antenna, Earl’s, and Red Bull.

Full details at The 1 of 1 Project website

Over the next few days each pair will be given their own post here on with information on the artist behind the shoes.

This video showcases a quick look at the process by one of the artists, Chris Clarke.

THE ONE OF ONE PROJECT from Bill Acheson on Vimeo.


More details via The 1 of 1 Project Website:

The opening reception will be taking place Friday, June 25 beginning at 9 p.m. in Winnipeg at SK8 Skate at The Forks Marketplace. The 1 of 1 Project had two goals in mind. The first was to bring together artists who work in a range of mediums and industries including graphic design, fashion design and illustration. It was an opportunity to bring together some of Winnipeg’s up and coming artists with a blend of established North American talents. The 30 partaking artists span North America including New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Orlando and Portland. The second goal was to use the donated talents to create unique art pieces that could be used to raise funds for local charity. All proceeds from the event will go towards The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Winnipeg. Begining Tuesday June 29 bids can be placed through eBay. Check back here after the 27th for links to each pair. Bids can also be made during the opening reception and via email contact. If you would like to make an inquiry about any of the artists or shoes feel free to contact us at [email protected]