Slide14-editI originally trained in the mid 70’s at Cordwainers College in East London. The course was a mixture of technical work alongside design with the view that in order to work in the industry as a pattern maker it was necessary to understand the processes involved in the trade. This was a great grounding for my journey in footwear which has involved manufacturing, designing and working as a self employed shoemaker for most of my working life. From the beginning I have been involved with teaching shoemaking through adult ed and privately. Since moving to Tasmania 20 years ago I’ve been making custom shoes mainly for people who need medical grade footwear. I have always loved passing on skills and feel passionate about keeping this craft alive. Now I just teach workshops for people near and far and run classes on a weekly basis.

I have also been able to focus more on the creative side of shoemaking and this is reflected in experimentation with different materials as well as traditional leathers.

My art shoes use printmaking, painting, felting, woodcarving and traditional and contemporary textile arts. I create wearable art shoes that are challenging for me and exciting to produce, beautiful to work with and yet still functional.