Rethinking the nature of a biography, I realised the importance of overlooked details. Bones are good, but something must hold them together. So, my interest in shoemaking stems from –
- the challenges it presents – shoemaking is a unending mathematical puzzle, and maths is sexy and stimulating;
- it is an ancient craft, and somewhat unknown in our post-industrial age – I believe we should engage with such crafts, broadening our own horizons and sustaining them for future generations;
- it relies on physicality and presence – I am constantly aware of my hands, body, and breath when I make shoes; if my mind wanders, I make errors. Plus, I thoroughly enjoy being aware of my world.
I’ll be exploring these specifics through the blog – the whys and hows of making shoes, why it matters as a craft and how you can sustain it, and the importance of presence in all things.