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Bootmaking Apprenticeship Opportunity Usa

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Hey there, my name is Flora Knight and I am an aspiring bootmaker from Dunedin, New Zealand.  I made my first pair of shoes two years ago, and have been slowly developing my skills ever since.  I have been making shoes in my workshop that I renovated in my backyard. These shoes and boots have been mostly bespoke (custom fit and design) orders for individuals, some boots for a film, and I was also working odd jobs for a shoe repairer and at a shoe factory in Dunedin. There are some examples of my work to date at the bottom of this page. 

In August this year I plan to travel to Guthrie, Oklahoma for a number of months to study under master boot maker Lisa Sorrell. An opportunity to study under an artist of this esteem is unparalleled in New Zealand! Lisa specialises in inlaid and overlaid cowboy boots of which I have a great interest in learning in depth about, and I also plan to travel around the US, attending workshops and meeting other shoe and bookmakers, and through these trips and this residency I hope to learn about everything from patternmaking, custom fit and orthotics, leather, design, material sourcing and the industry. It is my hope that I will return home and soon be able to start my own business of making high quality bespoke boots and provide a service that not only allows people to design their own shoes but also be available to those who have specific needs when it comes to footwear that a mass produced shoe won't give you. I can then share my skills with the shoe and bootmaking community in New Zealand.

Lisa Sorrell is an artist that I have admired for a long time. She has a youtube series called "It's A Boot Life" that I have followed and learnt a lot from over the last couple of years. When I decided that I needed more training I wrote to her out of the blue and asked what teaching oppurtunities she offered. She wrote back and said that she has an area of her workshop set up for apprenticies to come and work, and offered it to me without having ever met me. Imagine my excitement! She is not only an amazing artist, but also good natured, humorous, generous and gracious. All things I respect and admire in a teacher.

There are a number of reasons why this project is meaningful to me. Firstly, I love the work and the process. Shoe making encompasses a wide range of practical skills, and I like that it pushes my brain and body on a daily basis. The process of designing and creating something from scratch is incredibly satisfying, seeing it start to finish, something from nothing. Not only that but we are living in a time now where most of what we consume we buy cheap and throw away. It's mass produced, often poor quality, unethically produced and we often have no idea where it really comes from. As the world modernises we are swiftly moving away from aural tradition, of a master passing information and skills down the generation. True craftsmanship is falling by the wayside, and people with a rich knowledge and understanding of such crafts are becoming fewer and fewer. I hope to be a part of a movement where we can keep such crafts alive, teach and learn from one another, see the value in locally made, handmade products and be engaged with where our products come from.

I have a number of large overhead costs that I need to cover in order to get to Oklahoma and fund my study for as long as I can muster. The funds raised in this campaign will be used to cover return airfares from Dunedin to Oklahoma, materials for the period of study, internal travel to visit other shoemakers, workshops, and some living costs. I have saved some of my own funds, but the money raised here will see the project become a reality. 

Any support will be gratefully received and I hope to be able to engage and support something that you are doing that you believe in, in the future! 

lots of a love from a bootmaker in training, 

Flora Knight

 

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    Tosh
    2019-05-18 09:18:19 +1200
    rimu
    2019-05-18 09:14:22 +1200
    Lucy Hunter
    2019-05-18 09:02:09 +1200
    Megan Hinge
    2019-05-18 08:56:25 +1200

    "Follow your dreams! Your dedication is inspiring."

    Megan Kerstens
    2019-05-18 08:46:48 +1200

    "Good luck Flora, sounds incredible! "

    Dianne Swann
    2019-05-18 08:43:01 +1200
    Pip Steele
    2019-05-18 08:32:52 +1200

    "If the shoe fits wear it; best wishes for following your dream - but come back to NZ ❤️"

    Simon Palastanga
    2019-05-18 08:03:31 +1200

    "Good luck with everything, from another helpless Aldous fan x"

    Fabio Molinaroli
    2019-05-18 07:50:19 +1200

    "The blessing from your dear friend Aldous is enough to makes me want to contribuite to let your dream come true. Hope this will help. Fabio"

    Waveney
    2019-05-18 07:39:15 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2019-05-18 07:25:41 +1200
    Harry Knight
    2019-05-18 07:17:10 +1200
    Lou Bond
    2019-05-18 06:56:52 +1200
    Chris Armstrong
    2019-05-18 06:35:40 +1200

    "Tumeke Flora, lovely to see your progress and following your journey! Keep slaying Queen!"

    Jeff
    2019-05-18 06:33:19 +1200

    "Good luck!! Hope you make it 🙂"

    Lachie Rhodes
    2019-05-18 06:25:36 +1200

    "Incredible project! A true crafts woman, good on ya. "

    Alejandro Córdova Liendo
    2019-05-18 05:56:42 +1200
    Annie Belcourt
    2019-05-18 05:09:30 +1200

    " Creative women supporting creative women x"

    Mica
    2019-05-18 05:03:07 +1200

    "Your pal Aldous has inspired me beyond words. Happy to support those who support her. Xoxo If you find yourself in Northern California (we have friends in common), reach out!"

    Omar Mugica
    2019-05-18 04:23:55 +1200
    Bruce Robert Wicks
    2019-05-18 04:11:51 +1200

    "Good luck!"

    Gwion Llewelyn
    2019-05-18 04:00:26 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2019-05-18 03:56:07 +1200
    Zach Day
    2019-05-18 03:55:07 +1200

    "Sending love!"

    Brianna
    2019-05-18 03:09:17 +1200
    Bettina
    2019-05-18 02:54:17 +1200

    "U got this"

    Anonymous pledger
    2019-05-18 02:17:02 +1200
    Adam smith
    2019-05-18 02:10:12 +1200

    "I wish you many miles on your feet "

    Amara
    2019-05-18 02:06:06 +1200

    "Best of luck x "

    Anonymous pledger
    2019-05-18 02:01:14 +1200

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    Bootmaking Apprenticeship Opportunity Usa

    Project 2019-04-26 02:40:09 +1200

    Hey there, my name is Flora Knight and I am an aspiring bootmaker from Dunedin, New Zealand.  I made my first pair of shoes two years ago, and have been slowly developing my skills ever since.  I have been making shoes in my workshop that I renovated in my backyard. These shoes and boots have been mostly bespoke (custom fit and design) orders for individuals, some boots for a film, and I was also working odd jobs for a shoe repairer and at a shoe factory in Dunedin. There are some examples of my work to date at the bottom of this page. 

    In August this year I plan to travel to Guthrie, Oklahoma for a number of months to study under master boot maker Lisa Sorrell. An opportunity to study under an artist of this esteem is unparalleled in New Zealand! Lisa specialises in inlaid and overlaid cowboy boots of which I have a great interest in learning in depth about, and I also plan to travel around the US, attending workshops and meeting other shoe and bookmakers, and through these trips and this residency I hope to learn about everything from patternmaking, custom fit and orthotics, leather, design, material sourcing and the industry. It is my hope that I will return home and soon be able to start my own business of making high quality bespoke boots and provide a service that not only allows people to design their own shoes but also be available to those who have specific needs when it comes to footwear that a mass produced shoe won't give you. I can then share my skills with the shoe and bootmaking community in New Zealand.

    Lisa Sorrell is an artist that I have admired for a long time. She has a youtube series called "It's A Boot Life" that I have followed and learnt a lot from over the last couple of years. When I decided that I needed more training I wrote to her out of the blue and asked what teaching oppurtunities she offered. She wrote back and said that she has an area of her workshop set up for apprenticies to come and work, and offered it to me without having ever met me. Imagine my excitement! She is not only an amazing artist, but also good natured, humorous, generous and gracious. All things I respect and admire in a teacher.

    There are a number of reasons why this project is meaningful to me. Firstly, I love the work and the process. Shoe making encompasses a wide range of practical skills, and I like that it pushes my brain and body on a daily basis. The process of designing and creating something from scratch is incredibly satisfying, seeing it start to finish, something from nothing. Not only that but we are living in a time now where most of what we consume we buy cheap and throw away. It's mass produced, often poor quality, unethically produced and we often have no idea where it really comes from. As the world modernises we are swiftly moving away from aural tradition, of a master passing information and skills down the generation. True craftsmanship is falling by the wayside, and people with a rich knowledge and understanding of such crafts are becoming fewer and fewer. I hope to be a part of a movement where we can keep such crafts alive, teach and learn from one another, see the value in locally made, handmade products and be engaged with where our products come from.

    I have a number of large overhead costs that I need to cover in order to get to Oklahoma and fund my study for as long as I can muster. The funds raised in this campaign will be used to cover return airfares from Dunedin to Oklahoma, materials for the period of study, internal travel to visit other shoemakers, workshops, and some living costs. I have saved some of my own funds, but the money raised here will see the project become a reality. 

    Any support will be gratefully received and I hope to be able to engage and support something that you are doing that you believe in, in the future! 

    lots of a love from a bootmaker in training, 

    Flora Knight

     

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      Tosh
      2019-05-18 09:18:19 +1200
      rimu
      2019-05-18 09:14:22 +1200
      Lucy Hunter
      2019-05-18 09:02:09 +1200
      Megan Hinge
      2019-05-18 08:56:25 +1200

      "Follow your dreams! Your dedication is inspiring."

      Megan Kerstens
      2019-05-18 08:46:48 +1200

      "Good luck Flora, sounds incredible! "

      Dianne Swann
      2019-05-18 08:43:01 +1200
      Pip Steele
      2019-05-18 08:32:52 +1200

      "If the shoe fits wear it; best wishes for following your dream - but come back to NZ ❤️"

      Simon Palastanga
      2019-05-18 08:03:31 +1200

      "Good luck with everything, from another helpless Aldous fan x"

      Fabio Molinaroli
      2019-05-18 07:50:19 +1200

      "The blessing from your dear friend Aldous is enough to makes me want to contribuite to let your dream come true. Hope this will help. Fabio"

      Waveney
      2019-05-18 07:39:15 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2019-05-18 07:25:41 +1200
      Harry Knight
      2019-05-18 07:17:10 +1200
      Lou Bond
      2019-05-18 06:56:52 +1200
      Chris Armstrong
      2019-05-18 06:35:40 +1200

      "Tumeke Flora, lovely to see your progress and following your journey! Keep slaying Queen!"

      Jeff
      2019-05-18 06:33:19 +1200

      "Good luck!! Hope you make it 🙂"

      Lachie Rhodes
      2019-05-18 06:25:36 +1200

      "Incredible project! A true crafts woman, good on ya. "

      Alejandro Córdova Liendo
      2019-05-18 05:56:42 +1200
      Annie Belcourt
      2019-05-18 05:09:30 +1200

      " Creative women supporting creative women x"

      Mica
      2019-05-18 05:03:07 +1200

      "Your pal Aldous has inspired me beyond words. Happy to support those who support her. Xoxo If you find yourself in Northern California (we have friends in common), reach out!"

      Omar Mugica
      2019-05-18 04:23:55 +1200
      Bruce Robert Wicks
      2019-05-18 04:11:51 +1200

      "Good luck!"

      Gwion Llewelyn
      2019-05-18 04:00:26 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2019-05-18 03:56:07 +1200
      Zach Day
      2019-05-18 03:55:07 +1200

      "Sending love!"

      Brianna
      2019-05-18 03:09:17 +1200
      Bettina
      2019-05-18 02:54:17 +1200

      "U got this"

      Anonymous pledger
      2019-05-18 02:17:02 +1200
      Adam smith
      2019-05-18 02:10:12 +1200

      "I wish you many miles on your feet "

      Amara
      2019-05-18 02:06:06 +1200

      "Best of luck x "

      Anonymous pledger
      2019-05-18 02:01:14 +1200

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