“What the Animal Planet”
I love watching those National Geographic/Discovery channel documentaries which portray the beauty of our planet, the animals that inhabit it, and the changes in our ecosystem. I used ostrich, alligator/croc, shark, and this UV-light color changing material. I used these materials because I wanted something different from the overall basic color schemes you see in streetwear. Additionally, I wanted something to capture the overall feel of how beautiful our world is, ever so evolving each day and night.
Regarding experience, well quite frankly I had none in the industry other than being a consumer, so I was a bit apprehensive that I would not be able to grasp the skills required to perfect the craft in such a short amount of time, but Rey and the rest of the staff were gracious in giving a helping hand when needed. But, the staff went above and beyond to help me bring my creation to life. They taught the class various skills in the shoe making process such as sewing, skiving, and lasting. Every teacher took their time with each student to help them with every step in the process, giving us ample time to learn and practice each skill.
I would recommend this class to anyone that has a desire to broaden their skills as a shoemaker, fashion designer, or just about anyone that wants to see, firsthand, the process of bringing their creative idea to life. This class was an experience I will never forget. Thank you to Rey, Kris, James, Julian, and the rest of the SD Custom Footwear staff for helping me invest in myself.