Up-to-date report from one of our students!
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.
This week, after completing pattern of Francesina, we start to prototype our design with leather. Furthermore, we also learned the method of measuring the lining. The pattern of lining differ greatly between Francesina and Decollete, Francesina-pattern has a piece of “tougue”, whereas Decollete-pattern doesn’t, which means, we have to design another pieces to be stitched onto the upper.
Our classmate Joe is focusing on stitching his prototype of Francesina. His shoe type is brogues shoe with wing-tip which is more complicated designs. This type of shoe contains more leather pieces, more measurement and times to practice.
This is my Francesina, shoe type is classic cap-toe. This kind of design is more like formal shoe for working place so, pattern is more simple compare to brogues shoe. I planned to start from this pattern for practice, then later brogues shoe to make a pair.
There are five different methods of special finishes of the edge, when we practiced Decollete, we learned much simple folding such as slip beading and reversed. In this time, I challenged myself for more complicated folding, which was named Venatura. Venatura is a folding needs a strip of leather being sewn between upper and lining.
After finishing tongue pieces and main pieces, we join them together. First, we stitched tongue to upper then stitched again only on lining.
禮拜六我們來到Piazza Pitti 宮參觀，這邊曾經是義大利國王皇后的城堡，在廢除國王制度之後這邊改成博物館，裡面典藏了許多文藝復興時期、古羅馬時期以及巴洛克時期的畫作，十分值得參觀。
Art stage on Saturday, we went to Palazzo Pitti, where used to be palace of Italian king, now a museum preserved many beautiful paintings. This is weekly reports, see you next week!
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