Hello and welcome.
My name is Avila, and I trained to be a shoemaker/Footwear Technologist at the prestigious Cordwainer’s College in London, now part of the London College of Fashion. I worked in a small business making hand made, made to measure orthopedic shoes, where I prepared the insoles, lasted up the shoes, and built and finished the soles of the shoes. This was very interesting as all the feet and therefore the shoes were unexpected shapes and sizes. Unfortunately this handwork was taking a toll on my body and I decided to stop…
I then designed, made and sold soft, leather baby shoes for a few years, which was fun and very rewarding. (Parents used to tell me how their child refused to take them off, and were caught feeding the lions on their feet raisins;-)
In the meantime I reconnected with my art roots, and started studying Illustration at UWE in Bristol. Now I am keeping my shoemaking knowledge fresh by showing others how to make their own shoes, and being inspired by what people come up with!