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Caterina Melidoni
Caterina Melidoni

Nationality: Italy
Course: Shoe Making
Program: Avanzata Course
Period: Sep. 4, 2017 – Apr. 28, 2018

After a BA degree in Industrial Design at ISIA in Rome, she decided to move to Florence to learn the ancient and valuable art of shoe making. She always has been interested in design and making shoes . So she found out that Florence and Accademia Riaci would have been the perfect place for learning about.
She wants to gain knowledge about one of the most Italian famous and worldwide appreciated handcraft art. The craft of shoe making deserves to be handed down from one generation to another, to survive as a prestigious art.


Feb. 02, 2017 | Posted in Reports, Shoemaking , | Tags:, Reporter: Caterina Melidoni | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 1-One Year Course 2017 (Student1)

During the first week we met Angelo, excellent artisan with a strong and great personality, and his always available and helpful assistants, Masa and Bernardo.

My classmates are from different nationality and age, nice and likeable. Such as Kamla, a freelancer who comes from Amsterdam. She is cool and really funny, with a strong passion for shoe making’s craft.

This week we took a simple introduction about shoe’s components, models and processing techniques.
Particularly we focused on décolleté model, working on camicia, tomaia and fodera. We started using tools and machineries, useful for the specifics handmade producing.




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The first step consists of making ‘camicia’.


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Designing the model following some rules and goodtaste.


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We used the so called z12 material to make a first test of the dècolleté model.


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I used for the first time the sewing machine, I need to practice more!


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I made by myself a makeshift toolholders.


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It is amazing to see the students work and their great results.


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Florence is a city of art and culture.


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During the night the city seems like a painting on a black background.


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It is easy to find places where to eat typical Tuscan products.


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Art has many aspects and here you can find it everywhere.




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