This is my fifth and final posting for MM’s blog. Throughout this journey I have learned much about myself and the craft. But like all things, this had to come to an end. And, while one door closes, another door opens.
During my time in Savannah, I learned the rigors of shoemaking by hand from beginning to end. Steps included fitting, pattern making, sewing, lasting, finishing and all the steps in-between. I learned to sharpen my tools and choose which materials would work best on what. I challenged myself to work with difficult materials such as unpolished stingray to make hand sewn sandals and buffalo leather that had zero stretch to make boots.
I learned to trust my instincts, my design choices and have confidence in my work. I also gained a profound appreciation for the craft world and craftspeople. Electing to be a craftsperson in an age of mass production is a difficult business. So to all those who dedicate their days to making and working with their hands, I tip my hat to you. To compete with mass production, to defend your work and to continue to create and make shows love and admiration for all things beautiful and unique in this world.
Although my journey as an apprentice in Savannah has ended, my interest and education continues. I will continue making and learning back home in northern California. And, for those interested in continuing to see my growth, please check out my Instagram. My next chapter as a shoemaker and leathermaker will be documented on that until I figure out how I want to proceed.
Lastly, to all those that have supported me through this journey, thank you. I appreciate all the kind words and wisdom given.
Until next time, happy shoemaking, crafting and making! Xx Emily