Day 8 at PENSOLE

Saturday, May 7, 2011…..Day 8 at PENSOLE. By Kim Chow

“The value of frustration. – Without frustration you will not discover that you might be able to do something on your own. We grow through conflict.”

Today marked the halfway point of our program, so we started the day with a reflection on what we thought of our time here so far. We all seemed to appreciate how supplying everyone with the same simple tools, just a pencil and paper, prevented anyone from falling back on flashy presentations, and let the concepts speak for themselves. Without being able to depend on fancy graphics, elaborate sketching skills, or overwhelming sketch volume, we could focus the core problems in the shoe we were designing.
Matt and Dwayne ended our discussion with a little life advice, most importantly, to always be willing to give and receive feedback. Afterwards we learned the anatomy of a shoe and examined half-sewn uppers. I finally know what a vamp is.

Recommended reading: Talent is Never Enough and Orbiting the Giant Hairball

Dwayne fed the troops with a few pies of delivery pizza (thanks Dwayne!) before we dove into critiques. Jason Mayden and Jeff Henderson stopped by to give their insight. It was fascinating seeing how the projects evolved as a result of the great feedback we received from all the esteemed guests that have visited our studio in the last couple of days. Our visuals, concepts, and ability to verbalize them starting to focus and there have been some compelling results.