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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.

Nov. 18, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Yi-Chen Chou | Course: Shoemaking

Fall 2014:Shoe Making Course 10

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1) Last friday in the class of art visit, we went to see the studio of a carpenter. He has started to learn this field since he was a teenager, and now he is an 80-year-old master.


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2) During our visit, he made us a spinning top within 5 minutes starting from a wood block. How skillful!


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3) We didn’t have a nice weather cause it has been raining for almost the entire week.


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4) But still we are enthusiastic about our shoemaking work as always.


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5) This week new students were learning but also somehow struggling with the thread making process. It takes time to get familiar with.


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6) Bernardo was learning how to do the “fermatura (stopper)” on his Derby shoes, which is a main characteristic to tell Derby shoes from other shoe types.


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7) Hyunjin has started to work on her ankle boots, which are going to be a Christmas gift.


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8) Amy has done her upper stitching very well on her dad’s shoes, and is currently hand stitching both aprons.


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9) I am working on the midsole preparation for Tirolese construction. Hope it will go well.


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10) Massimo comes to school every other Thursday to sell and deliver all the materials we need. I love his truck quite much!


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