us, we might as well give up caring about fashion, style and beauty. Why bother….
You don’t have to be a craftsman yourself. But you do need to understand what it takes to perfect a skillset to a professional level to truly appreciate craftsmanship. I love to create myself. Since I have been creating for a long time, I happen know the difference between a “crafter” and a “craftsman”. Craftsman has an uncompromised mindset, and a high self-esteem. What I love about them the most is their ability to connect their brain, eyes, and hands to transform their ideas into a highest reality.
So why am I writing this?
Because I met this wonderful woman,
Meredith and I connected right away over the concept of “craftsmanship”.
We must embrace this gift! So we agreed to run her Shoe Making
Classes from Studio Crossings. To me, investing in a value that lasts is genuinely“sustainable”. Ask yourself , “Do I want to own 10 pairs of broken flipflops or a few pairs that I adore and take care of and do not go out of style?
Who: Shoemaker Meredith Goldstein-Garniss is your guide through your journey to making your own custom footwear.
An independent designer, artist and entrepreneur, Meredith makes high-end custom shoes and manages her own fabrication shop in Lincoln, MA where she produces her own designs as well as manufactures custom components for bespoke and limited edition designers.
Meredith has been featured in The Boston Globe and NPR among numerous other publications.
Let Meredith tell you about the class in her words.
How: To build a shoe perfectly tailored to you, we'll need to begin with a model of your foot. We'll take a cast of your feet the first day, and turn it into a wooden model called a shoe "last". A custom shoe last will ensure that your shoes will be a perfect fit, even for problem feet. What's even better is that the shoe lasts are yours too keep so you can continue to make shoes well into the future. A pair of custom shoe lasts typically cost a minimum of $150, but members of this class will get the lasts at no extra charge.
Why: To Discover the joy of designing and crafting your own shoe. imagine being able to make a shoe look exactly the way you want. From selecting the materials, to the height of the heel and the shape of the toe, your shoe will be your own design.
For students looking to get into the field of shoe design, this class will be an introduction to designing a pattern on a shoe "last". And forstudents looking to make special occasion shoes, this course will teach you how to source materials and create a one-of- a –kind formal classic pump that will look as good as a the professionals make. This is a hands-on and action packed class, so we'll begin by designing our shoes and developing our pattern on week one, and will be building our shoes starting week two. Because of the fast pace of the class, we will focus on pumps. The skills you learn will enable you to to make sandals, strappy and more.
So if you want to embrace this uncharted world of Shoe Making with us this fall, please contact:
Meredith at firstname.lastname@example.org or Takako