November Already

Hi gang, by now it’s possible that no one is reading these posts any more, but recently I had a bit of a ‘what the fuck am I doing’ moment and it was actually quite helpful to revisit this blog as somewhat of a diary for the last 4 years and see exactly what I / we did… and that helped with the feelings over being overwhelmed now that we’re almost 4 years into the big 5 year plan.

As you may know, Dani and I have recently moved to Sydney, so now it seems the Dead & Buried team / concept / soul is spread over two cities with the actual studio space still humming along in Melbourne and us two in a new city, making new friends, doing new things and making new challenges. There is a possibility that Dead & Buried II will start up here in 2014, but we need to be sure it’s worth the time and effort as part of our new outlook and set of priorities.

In a nuthshell we’re up here mostly due to me taking on a job as a User Experience Designer – which admittedly was pretty out-of-left-field when I took it on, but it seems its a position that suits me perfectly, designing things that make life easier for people which is essentially what I’ve done my whole life when given the chance – but we are also hoping to capitilise on some of the drive, business savviness and dollars that Sydney is all about.

We love Melbourne for it’s DIY attitude, but it started to seem like we were trapped in a cycle of ‘earn a little, spend it all again’ and it didn’t seem likely that it would be a path that would take us and our products to the world. The move to NYC is still my #1 driving goal that gets me out of bed each morning, so taking the opportunity to move cities was too good to pass up.

So, at the moment Dani is busting ass making 10 times more work than she has ever made to hopefully sell out of at the Big Design Market in Melbourne early December. I’ve officially shelved my fashion/shoe stuff for ANOTHER few months, as we cant realistically launch a label, work full time and make market stock all at once … so like a big chess game, we’ve made a strategic plan to smash through 2013 and get on with things in 2014.

Dani also has a PR agency now, so we are currently making a lookbook for her latest collection, I’ll put some images up here next week when it’s released. VERY EXCITING.

I could rattle on all day, and there are lots of projects that have happened over the last 6 months that haven’t had much love, but for now here’s a quick summary :

- The visors I made for Christina Exie are currently travelling the world with her, recently getting a showing at Vancouver Fashion Week and MSFW, as well as appearing in a magazine editorial here in Australia.

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- I did some top secret work for Dion Lee earlier in the year for his NYFW show. I helped out with some 3D generated terrains that made it in to this line of clothing. There might be more showing up in the future depending on if he / we are able to take it as far as we want to for next collection (the ideas he has are pretty amazing)

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- My 3D printer moved up here with us and I printed out this mammoth piece for my pal Soren. He is going to get it cast from magnesium to replace a part on a vintage race car that he is restoring… pretty awesome being able to use modern tech to make things that would be otherwise impossible to source.

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- Dani has over run our new house with jewellery. Here’s some shots of it all… we strive for a minimalist lifestyle, but there’s always something creative going on that fills up the empty tables (and we love it that way)

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- As I mentioned, I’ve been helping Dani with her lookbook. She managed to arrange a beautiful looking photoshoot with a week’s notice and now I’m back at home doing retouching on a dozen images. Here’s a teaser, more to come soon…

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I’m sure there’s more, but for now that’ll have to do.

Oh, and I just watched these 3 videos – which reminded me how much I loved our old studio and made me happy to know that there are other people out there like us who are 100% committed to doing whatever it takes and making whatever they need to get the job done.

GIZMODO – The Wildly Functional Studio of Video Wizard Casey Neistat, Part 1 from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

I found it comforting to be watching a video about someone’s resourceful studio space, whilst in a space that I’ve managed to squeeze in to a wasted corner of our house, where everything has it’s place and everything makes sense.

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Thanks for reading, who knows where this journey will go, but at a bare minimum it has to make for an interesting book one day when allllll these twists and turns are put back to back as “The story of Dead & Buried, New York’s most beloved retail space”… ha!

 

 

MSFW week – New Shoes and Runway shows

 

Well it’s Friday again, another week gone, but for once I have new work to show rather than just excuses and moaning about time wasting.

I will pop up a post next week about Audrey’s shoes and exhibition that I gave her some help with here and there, but if you’re interested here the link to the website : http://luxelive.tumblr.com/
The shoes she produced are great, and they made me realise I need to making more stuff instead of just talking about it and assisting others.

So on that note, here’s this week’s story…..

Tuesday : Get complimentary tickets to the RMIT fashion show at MSFW. Woo.

Wednesday : Have a lacklustre day, Dani and I both were tired, mid-week slump. Not much work done. We leave the studio to walk home (we live close enough to walk home now! yesssss) and Dani notes that she has nothing “fashionable” to wear the the runway show, and we have no money for new clothes. I drop the old “well, I could make you new shoes tomorrow?”

Thursday : Arrive at 10am and IMMEDIATELY get to work on making a complete pair of heels for Dani to wear THAT NIGHT TO A FASHION EVENT. Seems I only work when there is an impossible deadline.

Here are the pics, with time stamps so you can see how intense yesterday was.


10.12am – Insoles prepared (not using my resin ones, no time to cast new parts today)


10.19am – Breaking out a new pack of suede…


10.20am – taking photos of leather for no reason.


10.34am – measurements and patterns from prototype shoe


12.50pm – 2 hours have passed… patterns cut, edges skived and rolled, insoles semi-wrapped


1.10pm – Top of the list of “things I didnt think i’d be doing at 32 years old” = hand beading sequins on to shoe pieces.


1.49pm – Uppers assembled, sequins attached


3pm – sewing almost done + lining attached. One hour lost due to having to pull apart older prototype shoes for heels to recycle.


4.13pm – Lasting begins. Panic starts.


4.14 – Questioning why I am taking photos at this point when I have deadlines to meet.

4.20pm – Nick Lewis comes to visit. I pretty much ignore him. I apologise for that Nick.


5.41pm – lasted, heels and platforms attached. Gold details added


5.51 – heels screwed on, fingers crossed they hold.


6.10pm – First try on. Good fit, panic has subsided.


6.11 – Dani swans around. I take photos.


6.19pm – Proof. 10 minutes to be at MSFW for runway show.


6.45pm – Show time!!

… so that was exhausting, but a nice way to convince myself that this is all possible.

Today we’re off to look at some static MSFW exhibitions, then to see a film about Lanvin. Nice.

REPOST : William Banfield’s Micro Make

Hey gang, lots going on in our lives as usual – we’re trying to arrange moving house sometime soon so we can be closer to the CBD and spend less time on the train, but it’s not easy! The combination of needing to find time to actually LOOK at houses, and minimising all the junk we have accumulated at home = busy, busy, busy.

I thought instead of more rattling on about what we’ve been up to I’d share this little bit of awesome that I just saw on the internet today

http://www.notcot.com/archives/2012/07/william-banfields-micro-make.php

Dani and I have plans on paper to make a powder coating booth in the near future, and seeing simple things like this really inspires me. I have lots of ideas and theories about how design and manufacturing can survive in this modern world – and this concept of simple machines that perform tasks that were traditionally ‘industrial’ is right on the money, people need to be able to “make” what they dream up and not have the lack of factories and skill mean that great ideas just dissolve away.

Anyhoo, that’s enough semantics… enjoy the pictures! (i’ll post back about this if/when I ever build something similar myself)

ALL IMAGES FROM http://www.notcot.com

Now with added PHOTOS

 

Hey hey, back again with a blog post for the first time in ages that actually has some damn photos to accompany it. I know how boring text-only blogs can be, so I’m sorry for taking this long to remember to carry the camera in and snap a few shots of what is going on. Admittedly they’re still not the making-shoes-with-tools-and-sewing or ceramic-techniques photos that most of you prefer, but these will have to do.

1. THE SHOP!

First up we have some pics of the shop in it’s newest incarnation, after fretting over what our USP would be, what we’d be selling, why we’re selling it etc, Dani and I came to the conclusion that art, craft and colour are the main themes that will sum up Dead & Buried Version 1, so we assigned our newly finished wall to the status of “art wall” and I took the challenge up to do the first floor-to-ceiling paint job.
After a TERRIBLE start that looked like a combination between a mexican restaurant and a gay pride parade (bad move using primary colours) I started again with a pastels and fluro idea that is looooosely based on a bouquet of flowers image, distorted and abstracted.


At this stage Dani noted that I seemed happier than I had in quite a while, and she was right, making art, particularly on this scale is totally AWESOME.


I think we might also get high res photos of each of the artworks we have done and use them to make some texile products for the shop? Scarves? Pillows? Stuff like that.


… and voila, there you go, one new shop, shelves set up, floor repainted, mural 90% done (there is some more to add when I get the mood back again) and stock starting to arrive!

2. Dani has been making new things for the shop and for a new brand she is going to launch. This stuff will be more affordable and a little more ‘trend driven’ so keep your eye out for launch details and photos soon!



3. She has also been pinch potting like a demon and managed to make all of these goodies in a few weeks for stocking at Craft Vic and Five Boroughs etc.


Mini plant pots!


Plates and cups!

4. I’ve been making Boots! They are colourful!

In preparation for the new hyper-coloured shop opening I’ve been making up some desert boots that will be available only from us, for a limited time, in limited numbers. They’ll be about $300 a pair and will be HANDMADE to order in colourful suede. More on them in the coming weeks.


Suedes, most of which I’ll be offering, with specific laces for each colour.


fully graded patterns for all the sizes I can make (for now)


Tools and doodads…


The cramped workspace now that both Madeline and I have been trying to work in there… making it very obvious that I need a new layout if I have an assistant at any stage.


…. and a quick picture of Madeline WEARING HER FIRST PAIR OF SHOES. Bam, she totally made them all herself (from a my pattern), with me hovering over her shoulder making suggestions. I am very impressed, she is ace.

 

5. Bonfire!

… lastly, a few pics from our family get together bonfire in central Victoria earlier this month, because they look nice.
(Hili, we missed you, please come back for the next one)


we took the camera up to scout some locations for a possible jewellery photo shoot…


… and arriving at 5pm = golden hour = everything looks spectacular.


Dani getting warmed by the pre-fire / marshmallow fire…..


THE REAL DEAL BONFIRE. Masssssiiivvvve.


James standing in front of it as it was being lit… it burned until about 4am
… I think, by then I was too drunk to actually see if it was alight any more (oops).

Gotta go, Emily Green is having a launch tonight with the TACO truck there…. get down if you can!
http://www.facebook.com/events/343610825711073/

13 Morey Street, Armadale

Listening to  : Om, and eagerly awaiting their new album next month! Woooo.

Plastic Fantastic

Hey gang, I’m almost back to life after a pretty exhausting (and a little bit scary) bout of pneumonia. A trip to the emergency ward + a week of solid couch lounging has left another big hole in the production schedule for my now 6-months-overdue shoe label launch, but things are looking up.

Before my health all went to shit I had just managed to get my second plastic component made and I thought I’d share a little of that process with you while I have an afternoon here at home with nothing much else to do.

If you’re just tuning in now for the first time, here’s a quick refresher.
I am finding it increasingly difficult to source ‘traditional’ and/or industrial standard components here in Melbourne, particularly in the sizes and quantities I would need to make full size runs of what are still essentially bespoke shoes. It seems possible to order things by the pallet-load, or one at a time, but when I need 60? That’s where the problem starts.
That coupled with my Industrial Design background and general stubbornness has led me to a point where I’ve decided to batch manufacture my own components. Yep.

So, below is a bit of a peek in to how I have so far gone about creating my own plastic heels, details and insole units. These will serve as prototypes for me to test strength / wear life  / etc / etc before I make some final ones with designed details, logos, leather allowance and all that jazz.

HEEL + CRESCENT CANTILEVER DETAIL


To begin with, I used the wooden heel that I had carved earlier for the buckles-and-straps burgundy prototype. This heel is 5 inches high at the back edge (awesome) and is partnered up with a 1.5 inch platform = mega height, but still some wear-ability. I marked the centre points for a different moulding idea as seen below…


… but this design didnt work. I filled the bottle with silicon, cut out the heel, taped it all back together and filled the cavity with resin.
The problem was that the area needing most detail and accuracy is the top, and this mould always ended up with bubbles and/or not enough plastic filling the mould = too many failed parts.


So I revisited the idea (and YouTube) and decided to go for a more coffin-like mould seeing as my parts have a flat surface. This would still work with curves, it would just mean having to build up some supports from plasticine. To make the most of each resin pour I also snuck in a little crescent shaped detail I hope to use as a heel support.


All clamped up and ready to go.

NOTE! make sure you plug ALL THE LEAKS AROUND THE BASE… one leak like I had = silicon oozing out all afternoon.


The finished mould and recovered master parts.
For this process I used RTV-2 Silicone Rubber from Barnes in Richmond.


Mould detail, showing some locating pilot holes I drilled in to the wood so that I can mount each heel in the same spot with a template rather than having to guess each time. A stitch in time saves nine!


Next step, fillin’ it up! After a quick conversation with the staff at Barnes we decided that a rigid Polyurethane seemed the best option for prototyping. It has a low odour, pours well, is the least toxic of the resins they sell and would give me a strong part that is less brittle than the harder Polyester or Epoxy resins.
Brittle will probably = shattering when pressure is applied.
For these parts I have been using TC-808 78 Shore D Urethane from Barnes


So although these are quite heavy, they are essentially a super-super-hard rubber which means they should bend before they break. The final production run may be from something else once I have refined the process and spoken more to the resin suppliers around town.

I have also purchase a light weight filler, which are tiny tiny hollow balls (like sand) that you can add to resins to reduce their mass, which reduces their weight. The payoff is that the more you add, the more likely to crack apart like compacted sand your part is… I will have to test some varying ratios.


Badly focused detail shot.

So that’s where the heel tests are at. I can mould a new part each hour, and that’s fine for my production levels. Next up is to make a master form for a resin platform.

INSOLE EXPERIMENTS

With some success under my belt with the heels, I decided to try to solve one of my last conundrums, that of how to get hold of insole / shank / shankboard components to match my lasts WITHOUT having to either outsource production (minimum order numbers), go down the path of pressing my own (needing metal moulds, pneumatic pressure, steam etc) or trying to order pre-made ones whenever I needed them and hoping they fit.

A chat with my pal Luke who works in a plastics manufacturing plant got us thinking moulding plastic components might not only answer my short order run needs, but it would allow me to design the heel + insoles as one product. This meant I can design a system for attaching the two (even if it’s just perfectly aligned pilot holes for screws) that would again save me time in the long run.


Step 1 was to attach a metal shank to the last in the place I intend it to be used in the final piece. By thinking a few steps ahead it makes things easier later on.


Next up I wrapped a fat piece of wet veg tanned leather over the last, in the same way that I would go about making an all-leather insole unit.


When the veg tan dried it had formed perfectly to the last bottom, with an indent from the shank pre-formed into the upper surface.

I then coated the veg tan with clear lacquer to give it some surface hardness and to smooth it out as much as possible.


This one I moulded similar to the first (bottle) technique shown at the top, only in a container I had made from foamcore. As recommended by YouTube vids I cut out the leather part using a waving / random carving path to minimise the likelihood of the resin leaking back out.


As you can see, the shank indentation is still there, which will make locating it later dead easy.


This technique requires you to cut out a pouring spout afterwards and most importantly, a vent beside the spout which allows the trapped air to escape as you fill the cavity, rather than needing to escape via bubbles.


Cut out pouring spout on the left, vent on the right.


And there you go… two resin parts fresh out of the mould at 1 hour intervals.


Detail shots. You can see the shank position – the spout and vent will be cut off.


Exact 1:1 replica in Polyurethane.


A quick test of dropping in a shank. I’m not sure yet if the shank will be necessary, and if it is I might look at making one from carbon fibre or something else that is readily obtained, instead of shanks, which I have to get from shoe-specific suppliers.

This part will be glued to a leather or leatherboard (texon) insole, and then the padding foam or gel will be attached to the top of that. Seems a stupid idea to make high-end hand made shoes and NOT fill them with foams and rubber to make them nice and comfortable. You never know, these might actually be comfortable 5″ heels!!

So, that was a lot of typing, but I think it’s worth sharing these ideas. With an industry dying like ours is it would be a shame if future shoe designers weren’t able to make their own things here in Melbourne if they (stupidly) insist on it – like I am.

Listening to : Gravediggaz – 6 Feet Deep

Back at the bench!

Ahhhh…. finally, some good ol’ hard labour at the shoe bench for the first time in over 2 months!!

Seeing as I’m a little overwhelmed by all the designs I have scattered around the house in piles of paper, I decided to start off on something a little more utlitarian to get my fingers and wrists back in the zone. With 4 weddings coming up in the next 3 months, Dani and I both need new shoes, and it would be a shame not to be sporting something handmade so that when people ask “what do you do?” and I say “shoemaker” and they look at my feet or Dani’s and see some crapola we bought 5 years ago.

So, first off the bench will be a pair of test fitters for me in burgundy suede. These were only going to be a practice pair of uppers, but I like the colour, and so am now lasting them up and planning to put in some bright coloured laces and be totally ‘on trend’ for this Spring – and also to suit the soon-to-be-cohesive palette I’m designing in which is pretty much “luxurious desaturated tones, with pops of neon / bright / fluro”

The wedding wearable shoes will be black suede, so they’ll be on the go next week… unless I decide the burgundy goes well with my blue suit, and then i’ll make another pair with less pen marks on them.


Pattern making… it’s been a while…


Part of the motherload haul from Dennis was this skiver.
It is perfect. It skived suede first time, like a dream. I almost wept…
so this pic goes out to you Emma, no more ratty edges, EVER.


uppers all stitched up…


lasted and shanked…


Ugly brown laces for now, soon to be replaced with something neon. nice.

There you have it, that’s the latest update from my desk… Dani is back working on lots of little things for a pre-christmas restock of all her stockists, and we have the first of our other studio pals Pennie Jagiello currently moving some odds and ends into her corner! One more desk to fill and we’re set to take on the world. If you want it, make yourself known before we give it to someone else and you miss the boat.

Oh, and tomorrow night is the first meeting with our grapho superstar friend Simon from Volume2A who will be showing us CONCEPTS FOR THE STORE BRANDING!!! Very exciting times.

New logo = signage = retail officialness … and new logo = new website design = no more DIY blog themes, soon we’ll have a spanking new look with an e-store attached and bio’s etc so you can learn all about the D+B gang.

So, we’re back, and you can settle in for what promises to be a summer FULL of us posting stuff we’re making, people we’re meeting, songs we like, and studio in-jokes galore.

Finally, check out our niece in her just-like-uncle-Steve checkered shirt. My heart is melting….
Sunday was supposed to be gardening day, but it turned into a babysitting afternoon of bubbles and dancing. Can’t complain about that really.

… I’m off now to check out all the coverage from NYFW and see what’s hot and what’s not.

Listening to : The Raspberries < another bit of 70s awesome… just discovered them today on the iPod.

Ups and Downs

Well, my RepRap is still being a pain in ass, but I think if I leave it for a day or two and come back to it with a fresh perspective I’ll be much better at problem solving than if it’s 11pm and I’m shitted off at it. The guys from the RepRap forums have been helpful so it’s good to know that everyone else has just as much trouble getting these things up and running.

If you are considering getting one, my advice, honestly, go check out the www.rapman.com.au site. They cost twice as much, but they work out of the box -  my pal Chris is now a distrubutor of them and i’m sure he will help you at as much as he can. If I wasn’t $900 into this one I’d be saving my pennies and going the ‘almost ready made’ route.

So that’s the downs covered, what about the ups you say?

My skiver works! That’s an ‘up’ … and the sun is out, so it’s been a good day.

Today I plugged in the new beast, put on safety goggles, turned it on and stood back. It whirred to life – despite having what look like 50 year old LEATHER straps as belts – and seems to run like a dream.

The only time-waster was that someone in the recent past has decided to have a ‘let’s just dial all these adjusters to the other end of their useful position’ party on it, so it didnt work at all at first, but after watching some YouTube vids and getting my head around the geometries of it all, I adjusted everything to the right-ish spots, sharpened the bell knife and she cuts like a razor now.

There are a few fine adjustments to be made, but for now I know it skives, so rolled edges and thinned here I come!

There’s something particularly awesome about vintage equipment, look at these knobs and dials, priceless.

Anyhoot, off to make dinner now, Dani has started firing the first of her bowls for the NGV shop collection so she is off manning the kiln. I think i’ll lash out and have a pie.

Listening to : Steel Panther today, hair metal = instant motivation.

Good Fortuna

Hey people, 9 days and no posts? tsk tsk.

Apologies again for the lack of exciting news, but after the last big deadline I retreated in to the house to get some admin and freelance nerd work done – to replenish the always empty bank account!

The only real shoe news for this week is that I managed to bid on and win an old Fortuna Skiver at a Lockwood auction in Ballarat last week. The Parker Leather workshop there was closing / moving to Thomastown so they had a variety of sewing machines and general workshop fitting for sale. So after a few practice bids on some lower priced items to get my poker face on I managed to lock down the skiver, pay in cash and have it (awkwardly and single handedly) loaded in to the Camry within an hour.

(Janine, if you’re reading this I ended up paying exactly the same as you did when gst etc was included.)


Here it is. Hopefully nothing on there that can’t be restored with some WD40 and black paint.
Laminex is a bit stuffed though, so I might need to get something sexier there.

I then had to reconfigure the shed AGAIN to fit in another big bit of machinery, but i’m sure I’ll be much better off for it… and those of you with keen eyes out there can rest easy that my edges will now be rolled and smoothed instead of ‘intentionally’ ragged and lumpy.

So, no news other than that.
I have lots on my plate as usual so as soon as the leather starts to fly out there I’ll be snapping photos and keeping you informed.

Listening to : Wu Tang albums and Shellac’s “1000 Hurts” a lot lately for some reason.

ps. It seems I need to make more gifs to keep up with the visual insanity that goes on over at DI$COUNT.
ahhh! my eyes! Those girls are bananas.

In Motion!

Hey hey, seeing as we have a new camera here that we have so far only taken photos of our niece with, and a few trees, I decided to give it’s “full HD video” capabilities a go last week and made a nuisance of myself hovering over Dani’s shoulder for an hour while she did some work on a necklace.
In her words this is “not very interesting” and she would like me do it again when she is making “something good” … but a little editing and some floaty music makes any old task seem much more watchable.

I’ve also used some of my new skills in video treatment / colour grading etc to get a bit of a 70s look going on here. I hope you like it!

TwentyEleven – weeks One and Two

Hey Hey!


my sister rocking a christmas gift beach bag like a true champion.

The year is off to a flying start, with Dani and I printing out some MASSIVE calendars for each of our studio/rooms so that we can get to work on some serious time management and business planning. Being the stationary nerd that she is, Dani even bought us a new set of coloured Sharpies so that we can colour code our plans and lists. Bam. That’s how you get things done!

In an effort to not have another “as long as I do something shoe related each week it counts as shoemaking” year I have asked Dani to set me deadlines and enforce them with some sort of no internet or no drums/guitars punishment for slacking off. Goal #1 is to have a pair or more of shoes, that are actually / reminiscent of what I intend to sell, ready for a big birthday BBQ we have planned at the end of the month. So with 3 weeks to go I have lots to do! Designs, refinement, material choices… eeeek… then i have to make the damn things!

So, it’s late now and tonight isn’t going to yield much in the way of design genius, which means I may as well do this update and keep you all in the loop.

Weeks one and two of 2011 have so far produced the following : A new desk for shoe designing, a new ‘mood board’ for my inspiration, a test fitting of Lauren’s long-overdue raffle winning shoes and plenty of business lists and plans. I also managed to score some vintage shoe making tools from a local 2nd hand shop… rasps, edge shapers etc. I’ll post some photos next week.

| New Desk |

Q. How do you know if you have mild O.C.D?
A. You BUILD a desk  just to draw on, then photograph it in the making, then decorate it, then photograph it again, then post about it on your blog.

Seems my clippings gathering has lead me towards :
black/grey + red/yellow/orange + cyan/purple/turquoise + redhead girls + short haired girls +  more yellow + high, high, high heels.

So, that will be the style direction of my first range, and it will (at the moment) be aimed towards the archetypal Melbourne ShopGirl… ie. must be wearable for a few hours whilst working (with some exceptions for a few 100mm heeled showpiece shoes), must be able to be worn in Melbourne when it may rain at any moment, must work with black clothes, must kick major ass.

I’ll put up some sketches next week when i’m in the pattern making stages….

| Lauren’s Shoes|

I also have managed to knock up a test-fitting shoe for these, and have just found out it fits! yay! measurements = success.


test fit + pattern adjustments


…lasted, but with a bit of an error in my pattern – too loose around the throat.
Tightened it up with a cool little moccasin stitch, and will have to adjust the final pattern.


I put a few heels under it to see how much it changes the look (quite a lot apparently) and am still a little undecided on which one i’ll go for. I like the fat heel (bottom left) but it’s a bit too Louis Vuitton, and may not be right for Lauren. I’ll see.
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This is what I have been thinking… in Patent Black, Mary Jane strap, silver heel, 10mm platform. Not sure about colour/details yet, but they’ll come to me when i’m making it.

| 3D printer |

… not too much on the go here. I am missing a part, and the next stage = electronics which is kinda blowing my mind…. so maybe more next week?

Lastly, we got a new camera for ourselves for Christmas – an Olympus EP-2 – which is beautiful to look at, heavy, stylish and takes much better photos than our old clunker. So look out for some nicer photos springing up this year, once we learn how to auto-focus, and deal with the no-inbuilt-flash situation.

Rock on kids, until next time……

Listening to :  Luomo [shout out to Tom + Jess]