Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Friday, 7 June 2019

Midsummer activities for Open Studios

Welcome back shoe enthusiasts, designers and makers and here we are gearing up for a special Midsummer Open Studios! 

Pagan or otherwise, it's going to be a vibrant weekend of visitors, selling, chatting and storytelling so, if you're in London next Friday, Saturday or Sunday 14 -16 June why not pop in to join in the celebrations?

Highlights include:

Secret Postcard Sale - an eclectic display of original pieces by Cockpit makers that offers a snapshot of their inspirations and connections with the city. Snap up a postcard-sized artwork in this fundraising event and help Cockpit Arts to continue its support for talented new makers. Postcards will be allocated at random and sent out by the middle of July. Cost: £25 each, payable at the payment desk. 


Please book ahead for these mini-taster sessions. Most pre-booked workshops are £17.50 and tickets include materials.

Fri: 7 – 8pm, Sun: 1 – 2pm

Designing with colour with Ian Scott Kettle - book here

A unique opportunity to gain an insight into the process of colour storyboarding for fashion and textiles. 

Sat & Sun: 12.30 – 1.30pm

Mindful Stitch Embroidery with Ekta Kaul - book here

Slow down, learn to embroider and improve wellbeing through the calming movement of needle and thread. 

Sat & Sun: 3 – 4pm

Create your own artwork with Onome Otite - book here

Using a fantastic range of colour and pattern from recycled wax print material, explore the art of personal and cultural storytelling.

Fri: 6.30 – 7pm, Sat & Sun: 2 – 2.30pm, 4 – 4.30pm

Up-cycling workshop with Carréducker - FREE - book here

Yes, book onto our short workshop and help me to transform some of our beautiful leather scraps into a cuff or bracelet for you to take home. Get your GOT vibe on and let's get upcycling together! 


Each maker will share insights into their techniques and skills they’ve perfected to create their pieces. Drop-in – no booking required. Space is limited so please arrive promptly at the allotted times.

Sat & Sun: 2 – 2.30pm - Studio Candice Lau 

Candice Lau will demonstrate the art of traditional leatherwork with her ‘Leather cardholder/purse kit’.

Sat & Sun: 2.30 – 3pm - Judy Bentinck

Judy Bentinck will create handmade flowers in silk and organza for a floral garland headpiece – the perfect accessory for a summer festival or wedding.

Truth be told, I wish I could slip out and join all of the demonstrations and classes going on. I'm particularly drawn to Onome's, I love her illustrative style and mixed media and Judy's because I just love flowers! But Mr Ducker is off celebrating with the folks, so I'll look forward to seeing you in W9 instead!

Until next week, happy shoemaking!