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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.


Mar. 24, 2017 | Posted in Reports, Shoemaking , | Tags:, Reporter: Caterina Melidoni | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 8-One Year Course 2017 (Student1)

The spring break seemed so long to me. Spending time with my family and having some rest have been pleasant for sure, but I couldn’t wait to turn back to Florence and to my shoemaking work!

So I almost finished my Oxford’s model, just the sole’s missing. The whole work is not perfect, but as the first pair I made, I can be happy with it. All the flaws I made will be fixed on the next model. A great job needs hard work on its back.

Anyway after work I deserved some relaxing time to share with friends but also just by myself. So during the weekend I went out with some friends to listen to some good live music, and on Sunday I dedicated all the day to drawing and making space to new design ideas.




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My first francesina’s pair before the assembly.


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A good assembly needs an accurate stretching of both leather and lining.


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Giulio’s francesine. He made unsual decorations.


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Angelo is omniscient (and omnipresent as well, he is a kind of superhero) . Also senior students are often still looking for his help.


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Preparing the model for the sole’s assembly.


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During the day we need help from Angelo but also from SUGAR. Kamla took some sweeties called ‘Nigga’s kisses’ (ah) in Netherland.

作業に明け暮れる私たちを助けてくれるのはアンジェロ先生だけじゃなく、甘いお菓子。カミアが「Nigga’s kisses」というオランダのお菓子を差し入れてくれました。

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Orietta Berti makes my day.


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Yushih while is grinding her sole.


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Mai (the sweetest girl on the Earth) looks really proud of her shoe!


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Kamla’s new décolleté design.


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Since I was a child I liked to draw on my skin. Maybe in the next life I will be a tattoo artist.




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