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.