OPEN DAY
Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

OPEN DAY

Surely the best thing about shoemaking is the workshop right? That smell of leather, the weight of the tools, the history and the possibilities... tis' the stuff of magic, truly.

You're warmly invited to an Open Day at the Shoe School workshop. Sketch the shoe-of-your-dreams using Shoe School templates. Touch the delicious smelling leather. Handle the custom-made tools. Talk design with shoemaker and owner Louise Clifton and ask yourself what you’ve never dared: If you could, what shoes would you make?

Since School opened in October 2017 the workshop has been humming with creative energy. Shoemaker and owner Louise Clifton honed her skills in Japan and Australia, training with bespoke shoemakers Keitaro Takano and Luna Newby. Shoemaking has all but disappeared in NZ and Louise is doing her best to start a resurgence of the craft, one pair at a time.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of materialising a pair of shoes out of thin air, and at Shoe School each shoe is crafted to fit (around) your feet. You choose the design, you choose the materials and Louise will guide you, step by step to create them. Choose from 5 day Shoe, 2 day Sandal or 1 day Pattern workshops.

Shoe School is located in Riddiford St, Newtown, a vibrant community and creative hub of artisan businesses.

Future Spring/Summer workshop dates can be found www.shoe-school.com  

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TALK
May
2
7:30 AM07:30

TALK

The Pyramid Club, P-Lab: Shoe stories

Recent Wellington arrival Louise Clifton is a craftsperson, teacher and founder of Shoe School, NZ's first dedicated school of shoemaking.

Since Shoe School's inception in Dunedin in 2015 she has helped hundreds of first time shoemakers craft beautiful shoes by hand. Louise's practice is also performative and community based, she has co-ordinated workshops inviting international practitioners, and created Fringe Festival and iD Fashion Week events, such as the spectacularly trashy 'Frankenfoot' upcycling workshops and elegant runway 'Japanese Handmade Shoes' showcase.

Louise began shoemaking at a time in New Zealand when it wasn't possible to learn. Her journey as a student has taken her to Australia and Japan, seeking tuition in private schools, costume design companies and training with Masters of the craft. Her quest to set up a studio in New Zealand has also seen her travel extensively to source equipment, following tip-offs leading her to musty suburban garages and the crowded streets of Hong Kong and China.

Shoe School is a response to the downsizing of NZ's manufacturing industry which began in the 1980's and the loss of skills and jobs that went with it. Louise sees making as transformative, and an essential part of the human experience. Shoe School aims to make the skills, tools and materials of creating beautiful, durable and comfortable shoes accessible to all.

Louise will talk about her journey, and will demonstrate the basics of the mystery that is shoe construction. This will appeal to anyone with a love for craft, history, and anyone who loves a tale of someone pulling themselves, and an entire industry, up by their bootstraps.

7:30pm KOHA

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Wellington OPEN NIGHT
Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

Wellington OPEN NIGHT

It's been 5 months since Shoe School landed in Wellington. Since then over 70 pairs of shoes have been cut, stitched and hammered into glorious reality at the hands of beginner shoemakers.

To celebrate I would be delighted to invite you to Shoe School's first Open Night, Tuesday 10th April 6-8pm.


Prepare to enter a tactile world replete with terms, tools and traditional skills handed down through the ages. What are you dreaming of and what will you make? Will it be a wing-tipped derby, a triple monk strap, hi-top sneaker or a flatform masterpiece?

There will be shoes, tools and materials on display and swathes of coloured leathers. You can sketch your own designs using a Shoe School template.

Shoe School began in Dunedin in 2015. Why did I move? Though Dunedin is close to my heart, Shoe School filled a niche that no-one really knew existed and demand became such that it prompted the move to the bigger creative pool of Wellington. On a shoemaking apprenticeship in Japan in July I had what could only be described as an epiphany - I changed my flights home to include a Wellington stopover and immediately found a new workshop. By October I was teaching from my sunny and bright workshop in the heart of Newtown.

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Wellington Sandal workshop
Sep
21
to Sep 22

Wellington Sandal workshop

Handcraft a pair of custom Sandals!

2 Day Sandal-making workshop
Adam Art Gallery, Wellington
21-22nd September 2017
$425.00 (materials included)
Bookings required. To register, shoeschoolnz@gmail.com

This workshop is part of 'The Tomorrow People' exhibition public program at the Adam Art Gallery.
'The Tomorrow People is an exercise in future-oriented thinking. The exhibition brings together a selection of works from an emerging generation of artists that offer urgent, resourceful and playful possibilities for navigating troubling times.'

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OPEN NIGHT
Aug
17
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN NIGHT

Thursday 17 August 6-8pm
Lvl 2, Albell Chambers, 127 Lower Stuart St (above the Jitsu)

Come and tinker with the tools, smell the leather and fawn over handmade shoes. 
I'll be there and ready to wax lyrical about my favourite subject. There will be examples of shoes in progress and I can answer your questions about how to make your own shoes.

This open night is part of the City Gallery Crawl OUSA Art Week 2017. This is also an opportunity to check out some of the fabulous galleries and studios of Dunedin's artists and craftspeople. Click here for a map and a list of participating spaces.

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Get Lou to Tokyo & Hong Kong
May
21
to Jun 15

Get Lou to Tokyo & Hong Kong

And now for my next shoemaking adventure - I'm travelling to Tokyo and Hong Kong for a internship and workshop tour. To get there I've launched a crowdfunding campaign. Please share with your friends and family, because no matter how big my dreams are, I'll never be able to achieve them without a little help from my community!

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Sun, Summer & SANDALS in Nelson!
Nov
4
to Nov 7

Sun, Summer & SANDALS in Nelson!

Sun, Summer & SANDALS! 
Louise will be travelling from chilly Dunedin to balmy Nelson in November to teach a series of 2 Day workshops. Students will create a pair of custom made leather sandals. 

2 Day Sandal-making Workshops
Founders Heritage Park, Nelson
4-5th Nov OR 6-7th Nov 2016
$350.00 (materials included)
Bookings required. To register, email louiseclifton@gmail.com

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OPEN NIGHT
Aug
18
5:30 PM17:30

OPEN NIGHT

On Thursday 18th August the Shoe School studio will be opening it's doors!

Come and tinker with the tools, smell the leather and fawn over handmade shoes. I'll also be there! To answer your questions about the process of creating a handmade shoe.

This open night is part of the City Art Crawl OUSA Art Week 2016. This is also an opportunity to check out some of the fabulous galleries and studios of Dunedin's artists and craftspeople. 

FREE
Shoe School open studio - as part of the
OUSA Art Week City Gallery Crawl.
Allbell Chambers, 127 Lower Stuart St, Dunedin 9016

For the full list of participating spaces: http://ousa.org.nz/events/art-week/

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Japanese Handmade Shoe by Master Takano Keitaro
Mar
19
10:00 PM22:00

Japanese Handmade Shoe by Master Takano Keitaro

Internationally renowned shoemaker Takano Keitaro of 'Clematis Ginza' Japan, will exhibit a selection of handcrafted luxury shoes in the Great Hall at Olveston.

Mr Keitaro makes custom and bespoke footwear and ready to wear collections. In Japan, he is regarded as a 'Master' craftsman. An Associated Event of iD Dunedin Fashion Week.
$40 BOOKINGS RECOMMENDED

An exhibition of Mr Keitaro's handcrafted shoes will take place in the Drying Room at Olveston. The exhibition will include a selection of handmade shoes, photographs, and shoemaking ephemera.
Tuesday, 15 March - Saturday, 19 March 10am - 3pm daily. Admission Free.

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FRANKENFOOT
Mar
4
to Mar 13

FRANKENFOOT

Bring your old shoes BACK TO LIFE by re-assembling and re-imagining them!

In these workshops you will be cutting, glueing and stitching together shoe components to create a pair of up-cycled shoes. You'll be encouraged to create innovative, experimental objet d'art, which will combine an unlikely juxtaposition of styles.

Separate workshops will run for both Adults (Friday -Saturday) and Children ages 8-14 years (Sunday). This event is part of the 2016
Dunedin Fringe Festival.

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Join our crowdfunding campaign!
Feb
10
to Feb 20

Join our crowdfunding campaign!

Shoe School is bringing Master Shoemaker Takano Keitaro to Dunedin for an event at Olvetson Historic Home in March!

Takano's beautifully handcrafted shoes provide a link to the shoemaking traditions of New Zealand's past and this Boosted campaign is your opportunity to revive them. Thank you for your donation and for sharing this with your friends and family. 

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