Yahoo! I’ve been selected as a vendor for The Big Day indie wedding and celebrations fair! It takes place next Sunday, April 13. These are the sample sandals I’ve been madly working to finish. Now that they’re done, it’s on to business cards. Remind me why I thought it would be a good idea to make those myself instead of having them printed?
Oh, right…because I’m slightly nuts.
After a looong hiatus, I’m back in the workshop. Not only is spring starting (I’m already back to wearing sandals–surely with 10 toes there’s a few to spare, I can afford to lose one or two to the cold!), but I’m on the verge of turning this endeavor into a business. I’ve worked at Lark Books for 11 years, but a few weeks ago management announced they’re closing our office on May 2, and all subsequent work will be done out of the NYC office. So come May 5, sandals become my job!
I’m therefore working on improving my construction method. I’ve decided to build them the way I was taught to build shoes, which means around a last practically every step of the way, and that requires slightly altering the way I attach the straps. In order to experiment with that but keep it speedy, I decided to use a strap design I knew I didn’t have to figure out–the very first one I ever made, out of the Jonathon Erving book. Remember those primitive suckers? (No? Click here.) Check out how they can look with a few refinements.
Oh, and for those of you who have concerns that stuff might get caught in the extra-long strap and cause tripping, I’ve been wearing these around for a week and I haven’t busted my ass once, so that doesn’t seem to be an issue. In fact, I don’t even think about the fact that these are on my feet. They feel no different to wear than regular flip-flops.
This weekend, I gave myself the assignment to make quick mock-ups over lasts. The idea was to refrain from judgement and see if any ideas came of it. It was a timid start, but maybe in the future I’ll have the courage and imagination to get more wacky.