Clicking and Closing

It takes nice uppers to make nice shoes. Learn how to cut, trim, finish, assemble and sew uppers. This has traditionally been referred to as “clicking and closing.” Come learn how on May 23-24, 2015. Details on the Workshops page.

Italian Style

I will be giving a presentation on Italian leather and teaching a free introduction to shoe design on February 7, the opening day of the Portland Art Museum’s new exhibit “Italian Style.” Look for me downstairs in the “Crafting Fashion” area from 1pm to 5pm.

The Art and Science of Shoemaking

18-Leonardo-da-Vinci-Measured-Study-of-Foot-ca-1490-92 Date: Sunday, March 30
Time:
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: Halo Shoes – 938 NW Everett St., Portland, Oregon

Details
Learn about the interdisciplinary pursuit that is making shoes by hand. I will show how measurements lead to a last which gives rise to a pattern that can be made into a shoe. Along the way we’ll visit the diverse world of shoemaking including design, drawing, sewing, sculpture, biology, chemistry, physics and math.

Please feel free to drop in and stay for a while or stay for the whole presentation. I will make time for questions and answers so bring your burning shoe questions!

KOIN TV Life at Large

Tim Becker from KOIN TV came to talk with me about the process of making custom shoes and decided to try to capture the process from beginning to end. As it happened, I was just beginning work on a new design that would be the green and brown gibson boot. I really liked that Tim and his camera man Bill were so interested in the process. They spent a lot of time in my shop filming, but also learning and asking questions about the process. They would have had to film every day for a week and a half to record everything that goes into it. There are definitely some gaps and this is not really a step-by-step documentary, but I think they did a great job capturing the complex process that is making a pair of custom shoes and the complex feelings that go with it. Here is the piece they put together which aired March 5, 2013.

Note that even though the nice TV anchors suggest you take care of your custom shoes (which you should) and not wear them in the rain. Good leather shoes properly cared for hold up fine in the rain, including the green and brown boots.

The Art and Science of Shoemaking

Dates: Friday March 16 and Saturday March 17
Time:
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Location: Halo Shoes – 938 NW Everett St., Portland, Oregon

Details
Come learn about the interdisciplinary pursuit that is making shoes by hand. I will show how measurements lead to a last which gives rise to a pattern that can be made into a shoe. Along the way we’ll visit the diverse world of of shoemaking including design, drawing, sewing, sculpture, biology, chemistry, physics and math.

Please feel free to drop in and stay for a while or stay for the whole presentation. I will make time for questions and answers so bring your burning shoe questions!

Shoemaking on display at Halo Shoes

From March 7 to 21 I will be making shoes inside the Halo Shoes store. Larry Olmstead, who makes wonderful handbags, has invited me to work in his shop, which is shared with Halo Shoes, while he is away. Most days I will be in the shop working on shoes as usual so please stop by and say hello. There will also be a special event!

The Art and Science of Shoemaking

Dates: Friday March 16 and Saturday March 17
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Location: Halo Shoes – 938 NW Everett St., Portland, Oregon
Details
Come learn about the interdisciplinary pursuit that is making shoes by hand. I will show how measurements become a last which gives rise to a pattern that can be made into a shoe. Along the way we’ll visit the diverse world of of shoemaking including design, drawing, sewing, sculpture, biology, chemistry, physics and math.

Please feel free to drop in and stay for a while or stay for the whole presentation. I will make time for questions and answers so bring your burning shoe questions!