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!
4 months ago - read more...
Guess who’s back in the workshop, making boots? Stay tuned for many more photos and process pics.4 months ago
Hooray, a photo has surfaced of my number with Ifn Whendy last night! This moment right here marked my return to the stage after ten+ years. I have a lot to learn, but it still felt good.5 months ago
Dear The Internet,
Meet Guy Foxy.
We’ve been together a long time. I wheeled her home (she identifies female btw) on the bus from fashion school many years ago, shortly before moving to London. The move meant that she set up house in an attic for years while I moved from place to place to place.
Now I am back in San Francisco and setting up a sewing room (see Juki over there photobombing?), which means that Foxy and I can finally be together.
Twoo wuv.6 months ago
On a side note, I just submitted a project proposal for an Artist in Residence program I am *REALLY* excited about. I am crossing all my fingers and any toes that have that kind of flexibility.
If I got this it could change the direction of my art and expand my abilities and resources exponentially. This would be a huge step in my career, and more importantly tons of fun! I’d get to learn, teach, use my hands, experiment, create, and play with new tools and technology.
7 months ago - read more...
I need to find more body parts to cross. I really want this.