A five-day international symposium exploring the future of footwear and new research with leather kicks off at RISD tomorrow, October 22, and continues through this Sunday, the 26th. Called Leather. Footwear. Futures, it will present new processes and innovative materials, historical traditions, artisan workshops and more.
“This will be an explosion from the many tiers of the shoemaking industry, leather industry and pioneered research of new materials,” notes Assistant Professor of Apparel Design Kathleen Grevers, who is coordinating the event. “The symposium includes a diverse group of speakers and workshops that we are pleased to bring to RISD to connect with our own artists and designers on campus.”
The symposium will also feature a variety of related exhibitions, including inspirational shoes from three of RISD’s own shoemaking programs.