Have you ever seen a shoe maker sewing a pair of shoes by hand? Gabriele Gmeiner invites visitors to watch her or her collaborator sewing a welt or a sole seam for one of their signature made-to-measure shoes. From the outside, peeking through the window and the glass door in front of the work bench, all visitors are welcome to watch the handcrafting process over the time lapse of one hour. Participants will observe the transformation of some natural tan leather from the best European hides into a beautifully crafted shoe. The loose turnover of visitors can be every 10-15 minutes, starting from 6 people.
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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