4 hour class
We all have shoes we don't wear any more - maybe we are bored with them, the colour isn't right, or we like them so much that we have worn them out. This is your chance to give them a new lease of life! Once you've learned the technique, you will be able to upcycle other pairs at home: all you'll need is time, patience, and a few very affordable materials and tools.
During this 4-hour workshop, you will select papers from Gabriela's extensive collection to transform a pair of shoes into your unique creation through decoupage. She will guide you through the design process and show you all the tricks involved in applying very thin paper to a flexible surface. Just find an old pair of shoes or sandals made from leather or plastic (suede or fabric are not suitable), with as little embellishment as possible, and bring it with you. If in doubt, bring a couple of pairs to choose from. You will be able to wear you decoupaged shoes outdoors as they'll be sealed with a special varnish, although if you’re caught in the pouring rain it’s very likely that they’ll be damaged. You’ll have to treat them in the same way as you would suede or fabric shoes – check the forecast first!
Click on the photos button above to see the fabulous results achieved by previous participants.
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This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
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About your host, Gabriela Szulman Art
Gabriela is an artist and maker. She creates prints and collages, greeting cards, jewellery and scarves with images inspired by memory, nostalgia and a love of everything vintage.
Her work is often humorous and whimsical – unless her romantic side takes over and then you enter into a fairy-tale territory of old-fashioned script, pages of books and music scores populated by chivalrous gentlemen, glamorous ladies, butterflies and rabbits. She blends a fusion of painting and digital media – acrylic, watercolour and ink with digital print – onto paper and canvas to create pictures, quirky greetings cards and a range of “art to wear” which so far includes silk scarves and a jewellery collection.
Old photograph albums, vintage documents, magazines, books, cards, knitting pattern books and scraps of writing are things that make Gabriela very happy. Second-hand bookshops, junk shops, market stalls, attics and long-forgotten boxes are her treasure trove.
In addition to her own creative pursuits, she is passionate about inspiring other people and sharing her skills, so she devotes a good portion of her time to teaching.
Bring a pair of shoes or sandals made from leather or plastic, with as little embellishment as possible. Want to get your decoupage fix now? [Click here to read my Obby Project](https://obby.co.uk/blog/obby-projects-upcycle-ikea-stool) on how to upcycle an IKEA stool with decoupage.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.