Boot up


Another week of not much crafty stuff to show… I know, what’s the point of a craft blog with no craft?

Dani is nearing the firing stage of her bowls order (which is a mammoth achievement in itself, making 100 of something she normally makes one or two of is pretty bananas) so we’ll be dropping them off at Northcote Pottery this week to use their mega kilns instead of 12 separate firings in Dani’s little battler.

a still image from the video footage I’ve been shooting of the entire process…

I managed to get out to the shed yesterday for the first time in a fortnight and finished off a the test fit boot mentioned in a previous post. It’s always SUPER satisfying to hold a real shoe in your hand that looks about 90% the same as the drawing you started from, so although the completed shoes are a bit scarce these days it’s nice to know I’ve still got the knack.

There were some lessons learned from this one, on a technical level it was my first attempt at a zip, and the first skived edges in a long time (I was still a bit lazy on my skiving it seems as there is still some bulging around the seams where it should be dead flat)

and on a design level I am getting to appreciate how ‘unusual’ design features sometimes translate to less-than-ideal results. Namely the abrupt right angled detail in the topline of these = two flaps that dont know where to go… lesson learned, either reinforce them or attach them to something if I don’t want little “shirt collars” hanging in the breeze.

please ignore the heel, its raw laser cut MDF, no time for making a stacked leather one just for a fitting.

Thanks for stopping by… seems our visitor count is still climbing so that is always encouraging to keep typing and conversing with my ol’ pal WordPress dashboard and knowing it’s not just us two that are seeing this.

On that note, the countdown to the proper, real, official, actual launch of Dead + Buried (the workshop/retail store/online emporium) is now being measured in months, so we’re getting a little crazy here with lists, plans and dinner conversations but it IS VERY GOD DAMN EXCITING!

As Dani would point out though, I do, um, need, like, shoes to sell, not just ideas.
So here comes a few months of hard work and some hardcore shoemaking! Buckle up folks.

Listening to : Mastodon – Leviathan

Time Flies!

Goddammit… 10 days since I was on here last?
That’s crazy… and worse still I don’t have anything new to show off this week. boooo.

The last week has been filled with Birthdays (the karaoke hour with the Craft Vic Krew was awesome), an anniversary (our 5th), a weekend away, a visit from our #1 pal Tom who has jetted in to town on business from London because he is a big-shot, home made pizzas,  work, work, work and almost 5 solid hours of me clicking through every Australian “street style” blog I can find to get my head properly around what it is that you ladies wear day to day. Seems looking at runway photos is not really the same as looking at jeans, jackets and scarves that the people of Australia actually wear.
That said, my god there are some cool dressers out there!
I have been printing out photos and absorbing the ‘look’ of now.

narrowing down what Miss Sydney, Miss Melbourne and Miss Wellington look like on weekday
… for those rare days where you need something OTHER than towering yellow 5″ heels

On a cool side note, I’m going to meet a textiles student this week to talk about helping her out with her end-of-year project… she wants shoes made, I need help with sourcing amazing coloured Tweed… hellooooo coincidence. Sometimes things just line up like that.

colour schemes that are running through my head at the moment for fabric weaving.

Anyhoot, I have work to do, drawings to draw and scotch to drink.

Oh, we also checked out the DI$COUNT exhibition and it was good stuff, those girls are on the rise for sure, I’m sure we’ll give each other knowing nods one day as we pass each other in the streets of Paris during fashion week. Or at Cherry on a weeknight, one or the other.

Listening to : Wu Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck people (the coolest song ever written about sunscreen)


Oh yeah, I may as well use this time to publicly wish my wonderful wifey of (almost) 5 years a Happy Birthday!

She is working at Pieces of Eight today, but plans are afoot for a night of cocktails and karaoke with the Craft Victoria heart-breakers.
There will be no blogging or crafting tomorrow. Only hangovers.

Back to the Future again.

Quick note to let you all know that my robot is sort of back on track… I’m currently back to where I was a week or more ago, with it merrily ‘printing’ away – although no actual plastic is being extruded.

Seems there is some sort of issue with my extruder part, as it gets MEGA hot, and then everything shuts down. This is bad, but in a way it’s good… a symptom is better as I have something to diagnose… when it “just wont work” is when all hope is lost as I dont even know where to begin explaining to people who know how to fix these things.

AND……….. we have purchased our first retail shop fittings! Wooo! Unfortunately a Melbourne store called Mac Pelican are closing down (due to the need for a well earned rest and some baby raising time) but from it’s ashes will rise Dead and Buried V1.0. We still dont have a shop, logo, plans, money… um, anything really, but now we have racks and glass boxes! Very. Very. Exciting.

Sneaky Preview

Hey kids, no time for a proper post tonight, we’ve had a very tiring weekend (too old to be partying on both Friday AND Saturday nights anymore) so an early night is the only thing to fix that.
But in case it’s a few more days before I get back on the blog-o-tron, here’s some photos from last week’s work to keep you interested and clicking back for more!

First up, Dani has been elbow deep in porcelain, getting to work on the 120+ bowls she is making for the NGV.

… these aren’t the most glamorous photos, but the sun really loves those facets so I thought I’d put them up.

These ones are fresh out of the molds, still soft and easily damaged, so they have their own shelves now.

I’ve been filming her as she makes them, so keep an eye out for another nice floaty musical video when she is done.

Secondly, I also managed to start another pair of prototype shoes last week. I was aiming to have them done by tonight (haha, as if) but so far all I’ve done is the sketch > pattern > test fit process.

initial sketch

taped up last + heel roughed in

patterns on some leather… with skiving allowance for the first time in ages.

…first pullover, with rolled edges. Only making one for a test fit.

With heel and an indication of the rand i’m thinking of attaching. Not sure yet if there’ll be buckles or any other detailing. You can’t see from the photos, but there is a zip on the inside ankle area.

Thats all for now, I’ll be back later in the week with some more detail shots of (hopefully) a completed pair of booooooots. It’s Dani’s birthday next weekend, so we’ll be offline a little whilst we ditch the computers for a few days. We’ll be at the DI$COUNT exhibition on Friday though, so if you see us, say hi!