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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.


Jun. 29, 2017 | Posted in Reports, Shoemaking , | Tags:, Reporter: Caterina Melidoni | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 16-One Year Course 2017 (Student1)

The mocassino took shape! It is a quite simple shoe model to design, but the upper handmade stitching has been a little bit complex to me. The next week I’ll start the goodyear construction of the sole, I need to practice a lot I know!
The free time I spend with my friends of Riaci’s is always joyful. As new people came in, new friendships start.

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Artisans expo in ‘Giardino Corsini’.

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Mocassino’s upper and lining.

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This made of gum material can help cleaning the suede leather.

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Making the guide line for the handmade stitching of the upper.

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As always we need a well twisted thread.

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The end needs to be as thinner as possible.

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For the stitching I put the upper on a proper support.

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The ‘not so well done’ mocassino’s handmade stitching.

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Oh no! We have had a Viking’s invasion in the class.

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Mai needs protein to grow robust.

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A really trendy italian man.



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