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Nationality: Taiwan
Course: Shoe Making
Program: Atelier Course
Period: Sep. 4, 2017 – Apr. 27, 2018

Shiau-Ting, Li. Shoes designer from Taiwan.
After working in Taiwanese footwear industry for three and a half years, she came to Firenze to study shoes making course, the city which is famous for leather art and shoes.
Although she already has basic aesthetics and sketching technique background from university (B.A.), yet she hopes to extend her shoe-making skills here in Riaci. She believes designer can deliver their thoughts through their works, hoping to keep motivate people with her designs.



Jan. 26, 2017 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Li SHIAU-TING | Course: Shoe Making/Design

Shoe Making 16-Master Course 2016 (Student1)

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We keep going our course for second semester. At first class, we learned how to make a proper thread as well as technique for welting. First semester, we completed the process of lasting, now we combined welts with insole. Hand stitching for moccasin was really similar to Goodyear welted, so we practiced from moccasin.

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First, the nail for sewing moccasin should be heated and hammered to curve.

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Our assistant Bernardo was helping me with my moccasin hand stitching practice. When stitching moccasin, the position for left hand should always inside the line, on the other hand, right hand should be outside, he said.

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To be honest, I really enjoy the process for stitching. Also, I am so happy that prof. Angelo said “BENISSIMO” when I showed him my work.

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In this picture, our assistant Masa was helping us divided the wax, which was to strengthen threads for Goodyear welted.

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這禮拜開始固特異的重頭戲,實在太太太興奮了! Angelo正在教我們如何將沿條與中底縫起,這考驗著手的細膩度、錐子刺進的皮料的角度、線製作的好壞,每個細節都會影響著一雙鞋的成形。

In the middle of this week, we began to hand stitching our Goodyear shoes. How exciting! In this picture, Prof. Angelo was demonstrating how to stitch welted with insole. While hand stitching, every details need to be focused: the angel for the hole, the quality of your thread…it will affect the shoe when you finished.

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After finishing hand stitching, the leather needed to be opened by pliers. Another layer will be glued beneath insole, for this reason, the welt should be parallel.

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The hand stitching should start from internal where welt was being divided. The reason why for that was, to keep external side of completeness. We hammering 10mm long nails into the heel part, after that, we start hand stitching. Photo shot when I was sewing my Goodyear shoes. I felt quite emotional when I seeing this picture. Can’t believe I’m doing this right now, a project I arranged for my ex-company but no factory could make it one year ago. Now, I really glad that, with my own hand, I put this into action.

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Stitching welted, flatten it, cutting leather and then I finished.

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When climbing up to the Catterdrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, whole Firenze city was down there, beautifully and spectacularly. The wind blowing my hair when I standing on the top of building, slightly and softly. There will be an amazing future…I believe with all my heart, I told myself.

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