Austrian-born shoemaker Gabriele Gmeiner will demonstrate the technique of “glassage”, the high shine finish of leather shoes: participants are invited to bring their own favourite pair of shoes to work on. Like a true shoemaker, each visitor will be given an apron, some shoe polish and the other useful tools to work with. During the workshop, Gabriele will illustrate the made-to-measure shoemaking craft and the specifics of the “glassage” technique, unveiling some secrets of this ancient work. At the end of the experience, a little aperitivo will be served to the participants, whose shoes will shine like new.
The shoe sculptorAustrian-born Gabriele Gmeiner left her hometown at 19 to follow her dream of becoming a shoemaker. First she graduated at the Cordwainers College in London and then specialised in Paris at the CFT de L’Abbee Gregoire. Her perambulations led her to Venice, where she decided to settle down and open her own workshop. “I was attracted by art,” she explains, “and I wanted to create sculptures. But I preferred to work in the applied arts, so I chose shoemaking. Much more important than any accessory or garment, shoes are the foundation of the modern migrant man. They affect not only our basic wellbeing, but also the movement and posture of our body. Even today, I feel like an artist when I carve my custom made wooden lasts.”
A free audio guide, available to stream from 10 April to 1 May, will enhance your experience of Homo Faber in Citta. Discover more about Venice, its crafts workshops and its heritage as a city of craftsmanship, to complement your personal tour.Listen
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