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Yi-Chen Chou

Nationality: Taiwan
Course: Shoe Making
Program: Master 1year Course
Period: Sept.8,2014-Apr. 24,2015

With medical background specializing in biomechanics of lower extremity, Yi-Chen Chou is interested in producing bespoke shoes for both general population and people with special needs. By taking the entry level of shoe making course last year at Florence, she has now equipped with the fundamental skills of shoemaking, and would like to learn more advanced shoemaking techniques as well as to integrate the gained knowledge onto prospective orthopedic shoes using customized lasts through her second year.

Oct. 28, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Yi-Chen Chou | Course: Shoemaking

Fall 2014: Shoe Making Course 7

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1) During the art visit class last Friday, we’ve visited an antique shop of marble paper. The studio has been open in Florence for 158 years, and the lady who gave us a tour is their 6th generation.


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2) Also, last weekend there was a local festival taking place at Fortezza da Basso in Florence.


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3) I sampled some local cheeses as well as tasted couple wines here.


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4) Back to the school, students continued on learning the Oxford shoes.


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5) Bernardo was learning how to put the heel counter in and do the lasting.


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6) Earlene has just done the toe cap and about to finish the lasting.


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7) Natsumi has finished her shoes this week and was learning how to polish the stacked heels and shoe uppers.


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8) Both Jill and Amy have moved forward and started to make patterns on their next designs.


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9) I was preparing the threads for my upcoming bottom stitching.


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10) They will be Blake construction as it provides lightweight and flexibility.


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