The footwear we call a moccasin has become defined by any footwear by all the Native American tribes of North and Central America. Usually known to be a soft-soled leather shoe, the variety and form of this object is far greater than the open leisure shoe we know and wear during summer months.
Come and explore over seventeen different solutions handed down from Native American artisans, each honed over millenia to be the best foot covering for a particular region, climate and geography of North America. In this four-session workshop, participants will choose a style, make their own personal pattern, learn the craft of hand sewing leather, fit a sample, cut their patterns, construct and wear their own hand-made, but not home-made, leather footwear. No experience necessary. We will be working from the Craft Manual of North American Indian Footwear. Learn more from our Course Catalog.
Instructor Mark Schuyler has a thirty-year career in arts administration, crafts management, cordwaining, knitting, leatherwork, needlework and weaving. He resides in Brooklyn and is a native New Yorker, descended from the consultants hired in 1619 to keep a wary eye on Peter Stuyvestant in New Amsterdam.
All necessary materials are included as well as Open Studio time for students to put their new knowledge to practice. Our classes are designed to focus on a learned skill rather than a final product. At Textile Arts Center, our mission is to provide skills and knowledge for a lifetime!