RISD to host Leather Symposium

From October 22 – October 26, 2014, RISD’s Division of Architecture+Design will present the first Leather.Footwear.Futures Symposium on its Providence Campus. This five-day symposium will include artesian workshops, international lectures, traditional and eclectic shoe exhibits, and national and local craftsman engaging new processes, historical traditions, and innovative materials related to footwear.

Workshops conducted by the Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium of Tuscany, Italy and S.L.E.M. school from the Waalwick, Netherlands will include artisans demonstrating traditional and experimental methods of working with vegetable tanned leather, techniques for dying and crafting, and ground-breaking research of new materials.

“Craft the Leather,” an internationally traveling collections of leatherworks, will be on display at locations throughout the RISD campus including the Fleet Library, Apparel Department (189 Canal Street) and the RISD Museum store. Recent stops for the exhibit include Tokyo and Italy. Leather crafted pieces from both the 2013 and 2014 collections will be represented.

Selections from “In These Shoes, Bespoke Footwear in America,” including RISD grad Daphne Board’s handcrafted shoes, will also be on display in the Danforth Room of the RISD Museum where many of the Symposiums lectures will take place.

Selections from RISD’s own shoemaking program, part of the Department of Apparel Design, will also be on display.

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