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Happy Shoe Year!

TVC 2015 Shoes 3

{shoes made at The Village Continuum festival 2015 workshop}

Sorry about the terrible pun, I just couldn’t resist!  I’ve loved puns ever since I was a teenager and met the step dad of a good friend.  He was a softly spoken man who would let loose with a quiet grin and some of the best puns I’ve ever heard.  Now I pun away any chance I get.

So that explains my very daggy love of puns.  “But why the shoe reference?” I can hear you thinking.

Aah, that’s because this Australia Day long weekend I’m running a two day barefoot shoe making workshop.  I don’t run them very often but when I do, I have a blast.  I love teaching people how to make shoes and sharing my skills and experience.  There’s an incredible synergy and generosity when people come together to make.  They inspire, share and teach each other (and me) so much!    Watching someone learn and master a new skill is so satisfying as is seeing them unleash their creativity to make their shoes unique and personal.  It’s a great antidote to the mass produced, factory-made products that are such a ubiquitous part of our lives.

Five very different people made five very different pairs of shoes at the shoe making workshop I ran at the Village Continuum 2015 festival.  Different choices for leather colour, sinew colour, opening, suede or grain, lacing or buttons led to the five pairs of shoes you can see in the picture at the top of this post.  What would you choose for your shoes?

The workshop is part of the Little Village Continumm weekend and is being held on a beautiful organic farm that is converting to biodynamic. Bordering Wombat Forest and just five minutes from Trentham, it’s a gorgeous place to spend a weekend with traditional crafts.  
The shoe making workshop runs for 2 days - you can come and camp overnight or just come each day for the workshop.  I’ll be supplying the tools, leather and know how to make your very own pair of barefoot shoes.  You’ll need to bring your sunny selves and food to munch on (and camping gear if staying overnight).  If you've got a pair of sewing scissors, bring them along too - I'll be supplying all other tools.
Workshop cost is $295 per person (includes tuition, materials and camping).  Places are limited as I believe in small, intimate classes where we can really get to know each other.
I need a minimum of five people to run this workshop.  If that's you, send me an email - indrani at  Can't wait to meet you and make shoes!