CAS Week 2018

Renaissance College

Category: SHOE ARTISTRY BLOG 2018

Shoelasting (day 4)

In the 4th day of CAS week, since we have already finished the sowing
of the different parts together on each respective shoe (although mine
was a bit simple containing 2 pieces for each foot) we started
preparing the shoe for lasting to start giving it the shape of a
traditional shoe. Although since my shoe had some parts that needed
holes for the shoelace, I also needed to use a particular tool (I
forgot the name) to punch a hole through the leather pattern fit for a
shoelace. (right now I’m not sure if it’s big enough for my laces but
we will see) We used contact adhesive to stick an extra piece of hard
leather to put under the leather pattern of the show to give it a more
rigid structure near the end of the shoe. Then we started shoe lasting
by placing down a point at the back of the shoe last and alining the
back of the leather outer where we sew together the pieces of leather
and hammering in a nail in between the seem to hold it in place. We
then stretch and pull the leather from the shoe from the top, and the
widest point hand hammer in nails when it takes the shape of the shoe.
we then start lasting some more in between the 3 nails folding and
stretching the leather keeping it moist to help with it. Afterwards,
we bend the nail inwards to the shoe and hammer down the sides to
further enforce the shape. Overall, today was the hardest of them all
taking most hand strength and because of that, my hands are stiff and
nails are hurting and very very tired. Tomorrow should be the last
day when we finally finish the shoe up. Jeff and Kit were a great help
in teaching us and helping us judging where the shoe was messing up
at.

Chau-yin Yick

Shoe designing (day 3)

After the initial planning phase, the real challenge begins as we turn from the drawing board into making and producing. All of us are beginners and never had any experience in making shoes, a short tutorial was necessary. Kit and Jeff kindly taught us how to sew fabric together using various tools and methods. After the tutorial, we started with gathering materials around the workshop to make what will become the upper part of the shoe. Using the paper patterns we drew on the first day, we had to trace and cut out the proper size and shape to make up the shoe.

We were then introduced to a set of tools which helped us in putting the parts together. All of us have to mark out the areas we had to sew into. Some of us also designed shoes with laces requiring tools which were able to make holes in. Some even had to use glue to make the fabric support stronger.

Putting the parts together to form the shape for the shoe wasn’t an easy feat. Requires a lot of careful pinpointing and strength but overall a good learning experience and to really see how much effort is required to make a pair of shoes.

Andrew Chang

Sham Shui Po (day 2)

Following the design of our ideas in Day 1, we moved onto finding materials for our products. In the morning of this bright and eventful Tuesday, we were informed to arrive in Kennedy Town to go on a tour of “Makerhive”.

We all made our way to the building individually, some on time, some late. Once we all arrived, a tour guide informed us that “Makerhive” is actually an office workspace for upcoming startup-companies and optimistic entrepreneurs. This “Makerhive” office is actually unique to others variants as it was created specifically for people who have interests in art, architecture and subjects similarly related to design.

The workspace enables people to experience an office environment and also allows the community to communicate and interact with each other. Members are required to purchase a monthly membership, there were multiple tiers and they determine the amount of credit (used for printing, booking rooms, snacks, etc) that you get.

In the centre of the office was a design workshop, it looked oddly similar to DT classrooms in school and even had many of the same equipment and machines. In midst of the tour, a man came in and he introduced himself as Phillipe (@fusedfootwear), he is a freelance shoe designer/maker who creates, prints and sells 3D printed shoes. He gave us a small talk on how his shoes were made and delivered some advice to some of us who wanted to pursue a career in design.

When the tour was finished, we headed out for lunch and agreed to meet up later in Sham Shui Po. Once we got there, Jeff (in-charge of the Shoe Artistry) led us on another tour, this time to find materials for our shoes. He introduced us to many shops which sold a variety of leather, laces, buttons and other materials. Many of the shops have been around for a long time and possessed a very traditional vibe. Inside the shops, we found leather of different colour, texture and made from the skins of various animals, including cows, pigs, crocodiles, snakes, etc. A few of us bought their own choice of leather as there wasn’t a wide variety of choices back at the shoe artistry.

Canaan Cheung

Shoemaking (day 1)

November 12th is the official date the six of us start our shoemaking journey with Kit and Jeff. We were instructed to meet at the Shoe Artistry workshop and greet our supervisors/teachers for the week. We all managed to get there on time (10:00am). Whilst getting to know our teachers, we presented our designs/drawings we prepared at home to Kit and Jeff – showing themwhat we wish to learn and accomplish during the experience.

Then, we spent 40-45 minutes to further develop our ideas while our teachers talked to each of the students in order to get to know them personally and guide them through the designing process. After sketching our final designs, they taught us how to transfer two-dimensional drawings into paper patterns, (used later in the manufacturing process).

Kit and Jeff were very welcoming, as a result, they made our first day very memorable and unforgettable.

Sabrina Wu

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