Repaired Things

Oracular Boot Repair
October 15, 2012, 4:48 pm
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With decorative duct-tape, by Heather Hart. Heather works with gold leaf a lot, to reference a kind of alchemy. Looks like she’s transforming herself!

Below: The Numinous Negro, 2010

Patch Happy!
June 3, 2012, 8:53 pm
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Workshop lead by Sewing Rebellion NYC at NURTUREart, May 27, 2012

Photos by Tsubasa Berg

Sandals: A Repair Saga
April 28, 2012, 1:40 pm
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I wore this pair of sandals the whole 7 months I was in India. Pretty soon, the soles started wearing thin. I could feel pebbles through the soles. So, when these kids approached me at a train station and offered to repair them for me, I asked them to make an insert.

The insert fell out pretty quickly since it wasn’t sewn in properly, so in Vrindavan, I had this cobbler sew in a proper insert for the heel. Perfecto.

Eventually, that wore down too, and a cobbler in Bangalore sewed an entire new sole to the bottoms of the existing ones. New treads!

No photo of the last repair, but I had another Bangalorean cobbler tighten the strap that goes between your toes. 3 years later and they’re still a major component of my summer gear!

A friend said they are probably one of the only pairs of cobbled Airwalks in the world.

The Workshop Of a Shoe Repairer
November 29, 2011, 2:46 pm
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What a treat to see Karen’s photographs of the workshop of her local cobbler.

Not just the tools, materials, and process, but the fantastic wall art.

What an eye for details…

See the whole post here.