…is a great song (hey Paulius?)
said friend insists on hassling the dj (no matter where we are) to play rock lobster. its a kinda joke now, but when they play it we all go nuts in honour of his efforts.
anyway, I stopped in at Alice Euphemia the other day and they had this amazing window display by Romance Was Born.
funny story – one day a girl came into Alice (when i still worked there) and asked if we had any ‘sunshine is love’. we soon realised she meant ‘romance was born’. so now Steve and i call it ‘sunshine is love’.
Also a good name for something…we might steal it from the sweet lass that made it up accidentally.
so, three new ladies in our lives – tahlia, violet and amelia.
since i was making porcelain decorations to sell at craft victoria, i decided to do some custom ones for the babies.
I just had a look-see at the Craft Victoria Blog as they are quite shoe focused at the moment with their “Shoe Show” on until the 28th of Nov, and noticed that I got a mention!
I’m the guy who sits next to the guy who is in the show! How famous am I.
Click here to have a look
The article is about our old studio pal James Roberts who is at least 2 steps ahead of me in his self-taught shoe making journey.
He has things on display at Craft Vic AND has sold a pair to a lovely lass according to his blog.
Anyhoot, I get a mention in there along with this sweeeet photo of our old workshop that you should click on to see supersized.
image by Richard Brockett
For those of you who are new to our world, that’s our old studio that Dani and I ran in Carlow House on Flinders Lane for 4 years.
It was the most amazing room, but unfortunately the real estate agents caught on and started charging “amazing room” rent.
We are now in a shared space in North Melbourne with some cool kids, and I hope to do a post on them all real soon, as well as a nostalgic revisit to the old studio and its many workers.
James is currently building a CRAZY space in the city that I’m sure everyone will hear about in a week or two.
Listening to : Jethro Tull – Song for Jeffrey
Ok kids, here’s the 4th pair of Steve Phillips Handmade Shoes ever made… a stylin’ pair of Desert Boots, custom made for my one and only customer, Dani M.
We have a deal going on where she decides the next pair of shoes she wants, and I make them – providing they are possible with the limited amount of lasts I have, and the even more limited skill set I have.
These ones came about after seeing that Solo ad where the kids are kicking a can and looking all 70s, Dani decided she wanted a pair, I search-engined up some ye olde images and then got out the pens and pencils.
Here’s a few behind the scenes shots of them being made, I’m trying to take a few shots of each stage, so as I post up other shoes I make you can see all the dicking around that goes in to making them!
This is where I completely made up a toe-puff forming technique.
(Let me take this moment to point out that I am mostly self taught, so stuff like this happens often.)
The hand stitched sole-to-upper part – as previously mentioned, done in 35 degree heat.
Ta daaa! The finished product. All leather upper, nickel rivets, crepe rubber sole, too many hours to count, but a success for a first try.
So, there you have my first ever shoe making blog post. I’ll backtrack and show the other 3 pairs I’ve made at a later date.
Please dont hit me up with emails, as I am under strict orders from Dani not to promise shoes to anyone else until I’m a master craftsman.
Thanks for stopping by.
Listening to : Sleep – Live at ATP 2009*
*and praying for a tour of Australia… i’ll do a whole post on Sleep soon.
This weekend I saw the kings of riffage Warped tear up the Tote (and my eardrums), and Dani had stall at a Design Market at the Order of Melbourne bar on Swanson Street.
It was rained out and inside rather than on the rooftop, but it was a great day with plenty of customers braving the torrential rains to come up and check out the wares.
The kids from Patterns of Creative Aggression were there selling their magazines :
‘The magazine is ultimately trying to show what is involved in the creative process; a behind the scenes look into how the works readers might see in galleries, on the shelf and read about in other magazines are produced’
We met the super-cool Gali Lenko who was fronting a stall of greeting cards that you should give to someone you love, or are at least indifferent about.
You dont have to take my word for it, check out this glowing testimonial -
‘I have Jewish mothers that come in here and would find this offensive’
Owner of store on Carlisle Street
We also welcomed two new little ladies to our circle of friends, congrats to Mel + Peter and Erin + Dave for bringing Amelia and Violet into the world safe and sound!
After spending 2 hours hand sewing a pair of desert boots together this afternoon in the 30 degree heat, I gained a stronger appreciation for why the sewing machine was invented.
It’s not that I don’t have one, this was definitely a hand-sewing only task, but god dammit it took a long time.
I’ll post some pics of them when they’re done, and a whole lot of other stuff about shoemaking and Melbourne shoemakers.
Listening to : Emalkay – When I look at you
We’re two kids from Melbourne who are going to open a store soon, and have decided to fill in time until we get our act (and finances) together by blogging about awesome things, bands, people, shoes and whatever else seems good at the time.
To bring you up to speed, here’s a little info about us and why we’re doing all this.
Dani is the genius behind Dani M Designs, she has been making Jewellery and Homewares and other crazy things from Porcelain and Silver and Felt for years now.
You can check out all her stuff at www.danimdesigns.com, or meet her in person at Craft Victoria sometime.
She has a cat named Special Agent Dale Cooper, a new niece who is 100% gorgeous, and she likes to rock out to Talking Heads and Tom Petty.
Steve is her husband, a life-long ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ with a terribly short attention span.
After working in Multimedia, Industrial Design, Furniture Manufacture, Screen Printing, Web Design, 3d Visualisation and a dozen other jobs here and there, he has decided to follow his heart and learn Shoe Making.
Right now he is working on Pair #4 and will no doubt show off a few of them on here from time to time.
He is also obsessed with vintage guitar amplifiers, Black Sabbath and obnoxiously loud drums, so expect an album review here and there, and other music nerdery.
His websites are all outdated and a waste of time, but when they’re back, he’ll post them.
Thanks for stopping by, and we hope you enjoy reading what we ramble on about.
Once we open the shop we’ll have you allllll in for one of Tom’s homemade beers and some air guitar.
Team Dead and Buried.
We here at D&B HQ are looking for one more lucky guy or gal to join us in the workshop. Our shop will be open again in about a month – Steve just painted a wall and now we need to get shit moving.
This includes filling the last desk with an awesome jeweller or object maker. Hey, you might be awesome and don’t know it yet. Please contact us if you are keen.
This is the studio space, retail space is behind the camera.
You get 24/7 access to the workshop, a desk of your own and shared use of the Jeweller’s benches and tools.