What you'll do
Join me in my studio upstairs in Oriel Makers, Cardiff for this introduction to designing and making your own bespoke leather sandals. Using basic tools, you will be walked through the steps to creating a pair of well fitted shoes that you can be proud of. The best thing about this workshop is that you will leave with all the skills necessary for making sandals again at home using easily accessible tools and equipment. I will be bringing a few key designs along to the workshop, which you will be working from to create your own sandals. From these patterns you will cut your uppers and soles, choosing your leather from a selection of handpicked colours and weights. Soles will be made from compact rubber soling material available in 3 colours. No previous experience is necessary but this workshop is a full day and can get very tiring. Focus is required throughout the day and confidence with hand tools would be beneficial. It is an incredibly gratifying process though and the hard work is always worth it. Nia is always on hard to guide you through all the necessary steps in creating your perfect sandals.
I started working with leather when I had just finished art college. I was looking for my perfect practice and met an amazing sandal maker . I couldn’t believe she was making shoes by herself in a tiny space. It hadn’t occurred to me that I could make them myself with simple tools. I attended courses and taught myself the basics. The business grew from there and now I teach sandal making and leathercraft workshops full time. The vegetable tanned leather we use in the workshops is hand selected and high quality. The tools are basic and easily accessible so you can continue making at home.
All materials and tools are provided in this workshop and included in the price.
Where you'll be
The workshop will take place in my Studio. A bright, airy space above a unique, independent art gallery.
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 4 guests ages 16 and up can attend. Guests should be relatively confident with hand tools and be prepared for a full day of work!
I will send out a reminder email either a week before the event or asap if you book less than a week in advance. This will include directions, contact details and anything you may need to bring.
Make a pair of bespoke leather sandals
$186 / personNew experience
$186 / person