August 30, 2014

Where has the cordwainer been?

Hi readers,

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?


August 29, 2014

Been busy being other characters and being a Sparkly Naked Lady lately.


April 22, 2014
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.)

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.)


April 3, 2014

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!

Hello Anon!

Try going to General Bead in San Francisco. They have more vintage sequins than any one person could hope for! :)


February 5, 2014

Another video by Mark Day of all the wonderment and magic at the Edwardian Ball 2014. You’ll catch many of the Mystic Midway cast (including yours truly) in the first and second minute of the vid, but it’s working watching the whole thing. It makes me want to relive that weekend!


January 24, 2014

Video by Mark Day. Magic by the cast members of the Mystic Midway.


January 21, 2014

So much has happened in the last six months I haven’t had a chance to post anything. The quick and dirty summary is: I injured my back and lay low for a long time, I made some shoes, I left a job to start a sewing/costume studio and school. But that didn’t work out the way I planned, and I left the venture. I sat around wondering what to do for a while, which was not the most thrilling part of my year, but then found myself getting more and more excited by costuming and performance. I was recruited into a few performances (including the photos seen here of Aviatrix Arcadia of the Mystic Midway at the Edwardian Ball, and as a white and gold member of the Gangs of Bohemia on NYE at the Armory/kink.com), and that has sparked a long-dead flame- the desire to get back on stage and put on a show.

So now I’m back in the job market, not sure yet how I’m going to support myself, but still looking for chances to learn more costuming, dabble with burlesque and other stage options, and trying to figure out how to fund getting my shoemaking tools. 

I’ll update you all again soon. There is much to say. :)


January 10, 2014

I spent New Years Eve in the basement of the Armory, as a vicious member of the Gang of Bohemia.

Thanks for the video magic, Mark Day!


July 17, 2013

Back at The Last

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.

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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!


July 16, 2013
Guess who’s back in the workshop, making boots? Stay tuned for many more photos and process pics.

Guess who’s back in the workshop, making boots? Stay tuned for many more photos and process pics.


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