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Shoemaking: Leather Sandals

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Design and make a wearable pair of leather sandals. The focus will be on process and skill building, progressing through every step from design to construction: drawing exercises; studies of color and shape; measuring the feet; making thoughtful design decisions; pattern making with samples; skiving and cutting leather; construction techniques. Explore decorative embellishments such as hand dyeing with eco-friendly dyes, inlay/overlay patterns, and decorative hand and machine stitching. Use both traditional and unconventional methods to develop your artistic vision in footwear. Leave with fantastic new sandals custom-made for your feet and the skills to make more. Limit 8 students

Malika Green

Malika Green

Malika Green is an artist and designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her passion is designing shoes. She aims to push the boundaries of what can be done with footwear, using traditional materials to make innovative designs. Shoes may be familiar, common objects, but she dreams of reshaping them into metaphors, shifting their identity and meaning.

Malika teaches footwear design classes while maintaining her studio practice. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Specialty: 
Fiber Arts and Mixed Media
Materials & Tools:

Please bring to the first class:

  • roll of 1 inch masking tape
  • number 2 pencil (not mechanical)
  • fine point Sharpie marker
  • leather or good fabric scissors such as “Ginghers”
  • white copy paper/or sketchbook for notes and design drawings
  • a hammer
  • dust mask (for use during sanding)
  • 18 inch ruler
  • fabric measuring tape
  • 10 Legal size manila folders (w/out metal strip) for pattern making
  • Fisher silver space pen ( for marking leather) 1 per student
  • small bottle of rubber cement
  • needle nose pliers
  • one per student: safety beveler:
  • one per student: replacement blades:
  • Buckles*** Optional