Covid toes

Yesterday I took photos for a first idea for a triptych.

Had to re edit the feet photo so it may not be completely accurate to my actual transparency. Learnt my lesson there – didn’t save my photos after printing.

I used the idea of three associated words and chose feet, socks, ugg boots.

The photos are not the original photos but edited with a view to making transparencies to print on fabric. I plan to print in black and white with solar fast as I can only make a black and white transparency. Then I’ll hand colour a few points in red to resonate with the toe nail polish.

This work is referencing the changes that have come about in this time. Fancy shoes are gone, most days are spent in hand made socks and ugg boots. My feet have become flatter and dry.  Ugg boots are worn and stained. Socks are stretched and thread has come loose.  Only remnants of precovid times is my chipped and grown out nail polish from a beauty salon gift redeemed months ago, when such things were still possible.

Covid toes actually also refers to a actual condition – red lesions on the feet, possibly in response to endothelial vascular damage.

Article below from Science Daily :

Wiley. “Study supports link between COVID-19 and ‘COVID Toes’.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 July 2020. <>.
Viewed 20 July 2020

Study supports link between COVID-19 and ‘COVID Toes’

July 2, 2020
A new study provides evidence supporting a link between ‘COVID toes’ — red sores or lesions on the feet and hands in children and young adults — and COVID-19.

There’s considerable controversy over whether “COVID toes” — red sores or lesions on the feet and hands in children and young adults — are truly caused by COVID-19. A new study published in the British Journal of Dermatology provides evidence in support of the link.

In most cases, affected individuals test negative with traditional COVID-19 tests involving throat swabs and measurements of circulating antibodies, but this study’s investigators found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 was present in skin biopsies in children with symptoms of COVID toes, despite negative results from traditional tests.

Analyses detected the virus in skin’s blood vessel endothelial cells, as well as in the sweat glands. Electron microscopy in one biopsy also found evidence of viral particles within endothelial cells.

“Our findings support a causal relation of SARS-CoV-2 with COVID toes. Endothelial damage induced by the virus could be the key mechanism causing these lesions,” said lead author Isabel Colmenero, MD, of Hospital Infantil Universitario Niño Jesús, in Spain. “Furthermore, vascular damage could also explain some clinical features seen in patients with severe COVID-19.”


My first attempt. This is 13 inches x 19 inches which is the size of my biggest transparency. It is reversed because I inadvertently put emulsion down. There is also a lot of random artefact. I painted the dye on the back and then put the lot into a frame. This was actually black but is low contrast as usual and colour separation. I think I will try dye on the front next time and transparency on top and expose no frame. This exposure was 3 hours but I think I’ve taken it a bit far. It’s also quite dilute for black. I painted water on first but it’s meant to be able to stand 1:1 water to dye. Perhaps water on the back first meant it acted as a bit of a resist to the dye getting through to the front.

One good thing is the toenails. Just painted them with straight dye on to dry fabric and exposed. Very happy with that intensity of colour.


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