Two posts in shoemaking forum’s facebook page this morning might be of interest to you as they were for me…
link to article: http://showtime.arts.ac.uk/nidagonul
Did you see this, Ellen? Ellen is a weaver as well as shoemaker, when she sees this article, she’ll have a pair like this made by sundown.
I have fretted with how to make soles from inner tubes less smooth and potentially slippery – and here’s a technique – I’m imagining the soles made from cotton clothesline wrapped with bike inner tubes. I recently read that having a creative project does wonders for an aging brain – shoemaking provides endless problems needing creative solutions – I’m so happy to have problems to solve every day!
This article describes a technique for making faux leather from fermented tea, and a recent article was posted about making faux leather from pineapple waste.
One problem that needs a creative solution: if biodegradable artificial leather gets manufactured on a scale to eliminate the need for “real” leather, what will happen to all those hides that are a by-product of the meat industry?