Design work  - Shoe design / illustration / moccasin making

Techniques used  - I have adapted the traditional moccasin construction to suit my designs which use embroidered and bobbled trims, velvet ribbons, soft suedes and unusual fabric covered insoles. I suppose the traditional element is that I sit at home and sew them (other than the parts that require a sewing machine) which requires traditional hand tools and pattern making methods.  

Inspired by -  My biggest inspiration in the shoe world is Roger Vivier who made fantastical and elegant creations, from the 1950's to the 1990's.  The quote that I refer to to keep me on track is from Goethe; "Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it".

Most treasured piece of work - This would be a drawing that was inspired by the hidden treasures of afghanistan exhibition, which just grew on the page. When I look at it I wonder where it came from and if it will turn into a real shoe one day. I hope so!
Does the idea of working in collaboration with artisans inspire you? Absolutely. In fact I see the work produced from a small number of people each contributing their skills as my favourite way to work. It's the combination of the human beings involved that makes something special, especially with footwear it's often a requirement that many people are used throughout the process : the last maker, the designer, the pattern cutter, the closer (stitches the upper part of the shoe), then the shoe maker. 
Place you'd most like to sell/show your work - In an interesting space (not just a particular shop) with people who can display the work to it's full advantage. I've found recently in London that pop-up shops allow designers and makers to exhibit and sell their work for a fair price, while maintaining control over how the product is displayed and sold to the public. 

Dreams / hopes for your future - To continue making moccasins and practice shoe making alongside design and see where it takes me. I would also love to explore my own hand made style more by doing an M.A at Cordwainers in London next year.