Omar Rashan and Rebecca Robinson designed eight pairs of Horseshoe crampons
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Each year, NFL players choose an organization they care about as part of the My Cause, My League Cleats campaign.
Players will wear special designs on the cleats for a week to raise awareness and later money for these charities. The shoes worn by the game are auctioned off and all proceeds go directly to the foundations.
This year, the Colts reached out to artists and Indiana natives Omar Rashan and Rebecca Robinson to possibly design cleats for their hometown team. Rashan designed five pairs, including Kwity Paye’s, and Robinson designed three.
âEach cause had a different story. When you start to understand what the cause is, you start to understand the player and what their goal is to get there, âRashan said.
They both entered a Puma sneaker design competition, so they felt used to working with a different canvas. Robinson is a multimedia artist and was up to the challenge.
âI thought it was really cool. When it comes to paint, I work with a lot of different materials so I wasn’t intimidated by the shoes, âsaid Robinson. âI spent between 13 and 14 hours per shoe. It was so meticulous because every little detail has to be impeccable.
The two artists agreed, the biggest difficulty in painting the battens was to translate their designs onto a small area. Players have requests for what they would like to see, but Rashan said most are ready to let their creative energy flow.
âWhen you’re working on a shoe it’s a different kind of challenge because you’re working on a smaller space,â Rashan said. âIt’s difficult but exciting. As a creative, when you do the same, it can be trite. Doing something new like this can be inspirational.
Indianapolis isn’t universally known for its art scene, but both performers feel like it’s growing year by year. Rashan and Robinson have made a name for themselves and hope their work this weekend can inspire other young artists in Circle City.
âI thought it was amazing that they were working with the local artists because I feel like Indy is about to embrace the creatives here,â Rashan said. “I hope this opportunity inspires other creatives to come out of the woods.”
âI didn’t know there were so many talented people here, and I think people were in the shadows,â Robinson said. âIndianapolis is becoming a great art center. I didn’t expect to see this 15-20 years ago, but a change is coming. “
Robinson and Rashan’s cleats will be available for auction after the Colts Texans game on Sunday.
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