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“Last summer, Rianne asked me if I would feel like, and have the time to go to Hanoi for a week. As a guest lecturer, I would teach students the basics of making lasts. I was quite honored to be asked to do this in a time of increasing automation and Cad-Cam systems, as an old-fashioned craftsman because of my skills. Therefore I decided, after careful deliberation with the home front, to go for it.
Time flies! The first group of students has been studying for some months now. It’s such a fun and motivated group! Quite some shiny shoes have been made already. And we’ve started making lasts for one another. So now it gets serious: there is a ‘real client,’ with wishes, demands, an opinion and even knows how to make shoes. A big challenge!
“On Friday August 15, I was warmly welcomed by an enthusiastic group of students from Vietcot and Rianne van Pijkeren. That afternoon was dedicated to the reinforcement materials in the shoe. Leather reinforcements in this case, how to customize and process them and especially the reason why we do this in a certain way. I explained the differences between thermoplastic and leather toe and heel. I gave them a demonstration and the students picked it up quickly. At the end of the afternoon, all reinforcements were placed in each students’ shoe.”
“Fred Holtkamp, course manager at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven, asked me a few months ago if I was interested in working as a guest lecturer in Vietnam for a week, for the project “These shoes are made for walking.” Finally, after consulting my family of course, I decided that this was an experience I didn’t want to miss out on and I was more than happy to support this project.”