OUR GUIDE TO CRAFT IN EAST LONDON
"London has long had a Fashion Week and a Design Festival. Now there is London Craft Week. A magical combination of imagination, individuality, passion and skill found in the best-made of things." shares Guy Salter, Chairman of London Craft Week. And we couldn't be more thrilled to be part of London's craft community. As an independent shoemaking school that's been running for close to ten years, we've seen the London craft industry grow from strength to strength over the last decade.
From centres of craft emporium at newly opened Coals Drop Yard in King's Cross to the well-loved brutalist architectural delights at the Barbican Centre and sartorial treasures at the annual Made London Craft festival in Marylebone, there's a burgeoning buzz about craft in our city. In our studio nestled in the historically cultural East End of London we're surrounded by memoirs of London's craft past and visions of its exciting future. Its something we often pinch ourselves when thinking about. Like, we're really a part of this amazing industry and the hundreds of women we've taught the art of shoemaking to over the years are part of our craft story.
So in celebration of this community and as all the London Craft Week action launches here's our pick of the best craft havens in our neck of the woods.
Based in Pillbox our I Can Make Shoes studio is right in the Cordwainer heart of East London. From our bright and airy design hub you can learn the craft of accessory making, footwear design, sandal making, shoe crafting and bespoke footwear production. With all of the cultural inspirations of East London on our doorstep whether it's a day, weekend or 10-day course you're joining, you're bound to leave full of creative newness. Check out our next course dates.
learn shoemaking for yourself
I created a free 40-minute online course called 'Introduction to Shoemaking' to show how easy home shoemaking can be and to give you a little taste of what I Can Make Shoes is all about.
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If you are wanting to dive a little deeper into the world of home shoemaking, my online Footwear Masterclass is one of the most popular shoemaking courses in the world!! 🌍 (Casual brag! lol)
The course covers how to make shoes from scratch including heels, flats, boots, sneakers, sandals, and more. The thing that really sets this course apart from others is that it's specifically designed for total beginners and requires very little in the way of tools & equipment, there's even a bonus module on how to start your own shoe brand. To make getting started even easier, the course comes with a FREE Shoemaking Starter Kit, delivered to your door, anywhere in the world! 🌍
We are a tight community and regularly limit our intake to ensure the best experience for our students - so if our enrolment is closed I would recommend you sign up for our FREE Introduction to Shoemaking course while you wait.
Happy Shoemaking, Amanda xx
Pssssssst.... If you want to have a look at the shoes our students have been making, give us a follow on Instagram.