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Textiles Fall Concentration

Textiles Fall Concentration
October 3 – November 12 (six weeks)
Amara Hark-Weber
Blue Suede and Beyond: Introduction to Lasted Footwear

Students in this workshop will design and build their own handmade leather shoes. Starting where all shoes start, we’ll measure feet, learn basic last alteration, and then move on to patterning, upper making, and various construction techniques, including cemented, pegged, lining-lasted-stitch-down, and hand-welted. We’ll use many types and colors of leather, and students can expect to make at least one pair of shoes with each of these constructions, resulting in a small collection. We’ll go over everything from start to finish to make lovely, lasted and lined shoes. With an emphasis on foundational skills, this workshop is open to all levels.

NOTE: Material costs will vary depending on the number of shoes made and what kind of leather is used, but are likely to average $250 per pair with an estimated 4-6 pairs over the course of the class, so a total of $1000-1500, depending on student designs.

Custom shoemaker; teaching: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Quest University (British Columbia), Penland; 2017 Rare Craft Fellowship from American Craft Council, Minnesota State Arts Board grant, Jerome Fellowship; exhibitions: St. Xavier University Chicago, Brooklyn Shoe Space (NYC), Dubuque Museum of Art (IA), Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles). | @harkweberstudio

Scholarship information here.

NOTE: Participation in fall workshops will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

Boots by Amara Hark-Weber
Amara Hark-Weber, Black Boots, calf and salmon leather, rubber heel cap, metal shank, size 41