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