Research and Preservation
Seeking out of traditional handcraft knowledge
Shoe Excavations – Research – Travel – Storytelling
Why we research and conserve
We see the conserving of archaic and folkloristic handcraft methods, in our case in the area of footwear, as fundamental to a sustainable connection to our ongoing development as a society. The preservation and application of old knowledge can empower and accelerate this. It also serves to stimulate us to start doing things for ourselves, counteracting the ever advancing trend towards a general loss of value and appreciation for what we have and do.
We see the conserving of archaic and folkloristic handcraft methods, in our case in the area of footwear, as fundamental to a sustainable connection to our ongoing development as a society.
The transformation of our society into one that separates itself from materialistic attitudes is something that requires solutions. By tracing our roots, delving into our history, we can hit upon the very source of ancient ideas and mechanisms that are waiting to be rediscovered. They then form an invaluable basis for rethinking the products we have.
The researching and experiencing of old techniques in leather-work and footwear enables us to actively pass on knowledge from our cultural heritage. Identifying common values shared by different cultures through their handcraft know-how has the potential to encourage positive developments within society. We use the diversity found within shoemaking/handcraft techniques as a basis to transport the spirit of this. Along with this comes the unlocking of alternative, original, innovative and sustainable materials and resources.
Discovering tales told by hands
Since the cradle of humanity leather has been an essential – and therefore culturally meaningful – material. For clothing, early man used a great variety of natural materials from their immediate environment, both plant and animal based. Thus this offers a rich field for research.
We are seeking out these handcraft practices both regionally and across Austria. The whole of the Danube basin holds a treasure trove of techniques which are asking to be dug up and brought back to life. A strong wish of ours is to form connections, which is why we see the work with migrants as invaluable – every bit as much as any international/global connections or investigations we make.