Up-to-date report from one of our students!
Course: shoe design and making
Program: Summer Course
Period : May 9,2016-Jun. 3,2016, Jun. 6, 2016-Jun.17,2016
My Second Week
My second week was spent practicing the pattern-making steps I learned in week one.I also made the pattern and the complete shoe for the third décolleté style, the “Chanel”. With the three styles of pumps completed, I moved on to oxford shoes. The lasts I ordered last week just arrived, just in time to use them for the patterns! I made an oxford pattern and a sample upper. I lasted the upper and made a sample shoe, using cork for the sole and heel. It fits!
I discovered the Mercato Centrale one evening. It is a very large market on two levels, The street level is full of food stalls selling fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, cheese, and wine. The upper level has a very generous variety of places to eat and drink. There are large tables throughout for people share. The ambience is lively, and it is open until midnight. Plus, they have free wifi and a charging station if you need to recharge your phone. The market is a five minute walk from the school.
On our Friday Art Walk, we visited the rose garden. May is the best time for roses. The garden is located on a hill just outside the medieval wall around Florence, near the Piazzale Michelangelo. The view of the city is takes in all the major landmarks. Along the way, our brilliant guide, Andrea, bought some pecorino cheese and fave beans, and we ate them amongst the roses.
Making the pattern for the oxford shoe. Starting from the top, you see the heel piece, the two quarters, the tongue, the vamp, and the toe piece. The “standard”, made with masking tape on the last is on the right.
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