How would you define what you do?
James: We are problem solvers for one of the most complex parts of the human body, the feet. We are tasked with creating shoes and boots, in all sorts of styles, that provide comfort inside and support and strength outside that must bend and flex with the foot.
Did you learn from a master?
Deborah: Yes, that’s how we met. I received a scholarship from QEST to train with master shoemaker, Paul Wilson, and James also became an apprentice training under Paul. He was extremely generous in sharing his extensive knowledge and expertise, it was a great experience.
What do you love most about your profession?
James: First and foremost, the craft itself; the rhythm of making a pair of shoes and the concentration required is enormously fulfilling. But when we make a pair of shoes the client loves or that make a significant difference to them so they can walk comfortably and stylishly that is what we love best.
What is special about working as a duo?
Deborah: The creative tension caused by two very different craniums! We are two distinct personalities, with strong ideas and creative approaches but with a shared love of shoe making, teaching and beautiful shoes.