Wow, do I miss posting here! As you can tell, the last two years have been a little quiet on this here tumblr o’ mine. Life has taken a number of twists and turns, as it is wont to do.
I find myself once again job hunting, and simultaneously starting a fundraiser to get me back to school so that I may finally get the last crucial bit of my education in footwear design and shoemaking.
I will keep you posted! In the meantime, here’s my favorite photo from a pin up photo shoot we recently did.
DISMUHSESSYMODELFACE. I DO IT RIGHT?
1 month ago - read more...
A hint of things to come. Photo features the scissors I accidentally stole from @zombdee (which I use only for my expensive fabric, and think of you.)5 months ago
Anonymous said: Hi! I was checking out your awesome pics & ran across one where you're holding a worm of red gelatin sequins. What shop is that?! I'd love to go!
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Try going to General Bead in San Francisco. They have more vintage sequins than any one person could hope for! :)
So after two years, I am FINALLY back in the new and improved shoemaking shop/school with my favorite teacher, and I am making a pair of wedge boots from scratch.
Even though I struggled with some pattern drafting weirdness today, being here reminds me why I love shoemaking so much. Nothing makes me as happy as developing and workshopping designs, working through a pattern’s complications, selecting leathers, the terror of “one chance to get it right” sewing, lasting (I absolutely ADORE lasting), and collaborating with a group.
I promise I’m taking lots of photos for all of you, and will post some process pics when I have the boot pattern done. See, the pattern is taking a while because I chose a last with a beautiful toe shape and a 5” heel rise, and many basic patterning rules have to be adjusted to account for the intense angle of the foot. A lot of these quirks could probably be solved in obvious ways if I had more experience to fall back on, but as it is, I am struggling a bit. Yet I don’t mind the struggle. It forced me to create a whole number of different techniques to account for these quirks in the pattern. None of them worked, but I enjoyed the creative problem solving nonetheless.
I’m off to bed, but I promise there will be more shoemaking fun soon!
1 year ago - read more...
Guess who’s back in the workshop, making boots? Stay tuned for many more photos and process pics.1 year ago