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 Fifth Week
Last Saturday, I visited the shoe store of Stefano Bemer. They create handmade shoes, primarily for men, but there is a new line of women’s shoes, based on men’s styling. It is an inspiring place. The quality of work is mesmerizing. At least it is for me. The staffs are friendly. Drop by if you want to experience sublime craftsmanship and quality in the world of shoes.
My shoes are almost lasted. Angelo demonstrated how to apply the reinforcement on the toe. It is a very important step because it is on the most noticeable part of the shoe, and will affect the look. After the shoes were lasted, I made the threads for the welting.
This week, I also started a shoe design course. I drew shoe lasts from different angles. Afterwards, I created a shoe, using the last drawing as a frame.
For the Art Visit, we did something quite different, a cooking lesson. Five of us visited Gaia at her kitchen, and we made pizzas from scratch. We made white pizzas, red pizzas (with tomato sauce), and focaccia bread with the rest of the dough. It was a lot of fun, and we had a marvelous feast, complete with wine and great company.
After the cooking class and lunch, I went to the Salvador Ferragamo Museum. There is a very impressive collection of original shoes from the 30, 40s,and 50s. There is another exhibit that explores the relationship between fashion and art.
I’m starting to play with shoe styles. Here is a sandal with silver beads embellishing the top. It is refreshing to design a shoe from simply drawing. It keeps the technical aspects out of the way, so you are just creating.
At the Piazza della Signoria, a parade is marching to Santa Croce for the annual Florentine football game, first played in 1570. Each of the four regions of the historic city is represented by color. They are bitter rivals on the football field.
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