Rhode Island School of Design Hosts Leather.Footwear.Futures
International symposium brings leather footwear experts to Providence
RI – From Wednesday through Sunday, October 22–26, Rhode Island School of
Design (RISD) will host a series of workshops and discussions centered on the
role of leather in the future of footwear. Called Leather.Footwear.Futures, the five-day symposium offers
artisan workshops, international presenters, bespoke shoe exhibits and craftsmen
working with new processes, historical traditions and innovative materials. The
event is presented by RISD’s Division of Architecture + Design and is free
and open to the faculty, students, industry experts and the public, with advanced registration required.
200 participants are expected to attend from all over the world, comprising a
group of people who share a passion and wealth of creative knowledge about both
designing shoes and crafting leather.
Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium of Tuscany and the
Dutch Shoe and Materials school S.L.E.M. will run hands-on workshops featuring artisans
demonstrating traditional and experimental leatherworking methods, dying and
crafting techniques, and groundbreaking research into new materials.
will be an explosion from the many tiers of the shoemaking industry, leather
industry and pioneered research of new materials,” notes Assistant Professor of
Apparel Design Kathleen Grevers, who is coordinating the event.
“The symposium includes a diverse group of speakers and workshops that we are pleased
to bring to RISD to connect with our own artists and designers on campus.”
(HCC), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the study, practice
and preservation of traditional shoemaking, will hold its 30th Annual
General Meeting during the symposium. HCC members are also presenting at the symposium.
For instance, Val Povinelli, a journeyman shoemaker at the Colonial
Williamsburg [VA] Foundation, will present Jack-boots
Once the Property of Thomas Lord Fairfax – Research into and Recreation of his
Boots and Rick Roman, of Romango Shoes, will deliver a talk entitled Some Practical Chemistry for Shoemakers.
“These influential creative group of
makers will bring tremendous energy to RISD and a wealth of inspiration,” said
RISD Interim Dean of Architecture + Design Nancy Skolos.
symposium will also include a variety of related exhibits, including
inspirational and technological shoes from three of RISD’s own shoemaking
programs. Craft the Leather, a traveling collection of leatherworks, will be
displayed at various locations on campus including the Fleet
Library at RISD, the
Apparel Design department at 189 Canal Street
and the RISD Museum shop, RISD WORKS. The exhibit recently traveled to
Tokyo and Italy. Selections from the exhibition In These Shoes, Bespoke Footwear in America, which includes
handcrafted shoes by RISD alumna Daphne Board [BFA 1998 Textiles], and
shoes from RISD’s own shoemaking courses will also be displayed across campus,
including the RISD Museum risd|works storefront, Fleet Library, ID building (161
South Main Street) and Apparel Design department (189 Canal Street) during the
full list of presenters
About Rhode Island
School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has earned an
international reputation as the leading college of art and design in the United
States. Recently ranked #1 in Business
Insider’s survey of The World’s 25 Best Design Schools, approximately 2,400 students
from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor’s or master’s
degree programs in a choice of 19 studio majors. RISD
is known for its phenomenal faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of
its specialized facilities and its hands-on, studio-based approach to learning
– one in which critical thinking informs making works by hand. Required courses
in the liberal arts provide an essential complement to studio work, enabling
graduates to become critical and informed individuals eager to engage with the world.
Through the accomplishments of its 26,000 alumni, the college champions
the vital role artists and designers play in satisfying the global demand for
in 1877, RISD (pronounced
“RIZ-dee”) and the RISD Museum of Art help make
Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative cities in the
region. For more information, visit risd.edu or our.risd.edu.
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