ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The shoemaking conference was founded by bespoke shoemakers James Ducker and Deborah Carre of Carreducker in 2021 during the Covid pandemic. It’s an annual event that brings together a global community of shoe makers, designers, repairers, hobbyists and delegates from associated trades to learn, share and chat about shoe making via Zoom.

2021 

Interviews:

Bill Amberg, London, England

Tony Crack from A & A Crack, Northamtpion, England

Dr Mike Redwood of Leather Naturally, England

Andrew Parr of Bakers of Colyton, Devon, England

Jack Millington of Billy Tannery, England

Mario Bemer and Diane Becker from the Consorzio vera Pelle, Tuscany, Italy

Workshops:

DERBY BOOT PATTERN – Fiona Campbell

VAMP CRIMPING/BLOCKING – Janne Melkersson

STITCHED IN RIDING BOOT FRONTS – Horace Batten Bootmakers

PEGGING – Lisa Sorrell

COVERED HEELS – Caroline Groves, England

2022 

Interviews:

SEVILLA SMITH – Faye Sevilla Smith, Barcelona, Spain

ALDANONDO Y FERNANDEZ – Catuxa & Ignacio, Barcelona, Spain

NORMAN VILALTA – Norman Vilalta, Barcelona, Spain

NORTHAMPTON MUSEUM – Rebecca Shawcross, Senior Curator, Northampton, England

GEORGE BARNSLEY – Tim Himchliffe owner of  Barnsley & Woodware Repetitions, Sheffield, England

RENIA ADHESIVES – Dr Rainer Buchholz, Cologne, Germany

Workshops:

PATINA – Greg Park, Hancore, New York

MEASURING FEET FOR LASTS – Phil Taylor, Derbyshire, England

MEASURING FEET FOR LASTS – Michael James, Northampton, England

Films:

THE SUPER TRUNK SHOW, London 2022

THE INDEPENDENT SHOEMAKERS CONFERENCE, Warwickshire 2022