Foot-Notes - discovering our body through walking plus Shoe making workshop

30 June-8 July 2018

Koycegiz, Turkey

Baris Mihci

Dear movement enthusiasts, for this summer I would like to invite you to an interdisciplinary event. This workshop will take place in Köyceğiz where Funda and Mehmet will host us in their house. İn their garden we will discover the theory behind walking mechanics, practice taking steps and options of walking. Anatomy and bio mechanics will be supporting our research in questions like - how can we use our feet as we step? - how do our knees and hips carry us? - how does our spine support these actions? - which options do I have and how do I choose? Following these questions we will rediscover our walking practice. In the second part of the workshop we will apply the walking practice to take a hike through different surfaces as we will walk to various destinations in the area as to the lake, waterfall etc. On uneven surfaces, rocks, stones, hills we will practice different walking options. In the third part of the workshop we will make our own sandals. Considering our own foot shape and way of stepping we will create a sandal that will support the mechanics practiced in the parts before and learn more about the complexity of the foot and walk. This part needs a bit of preparation concerning tools to bring. I added a list of tools and some photos that you will need to bring with you. Most of the tools you can get in shoe making shops. 

- Leather scissors 

- waxed thread 

- hook owl 

- leather of about 2sqm 

- contact glue 

- paper tape 

- hole puncher 

Practical infos 

Day plan: Breakfast till 9:00

9:00 - 11:00 technical class 

12:00-13:00 lunch 

16:30-20:30 walking excursion and shoe making 

21:00 dinner 

Housing and surrounding The house has place for 8 to 10 people to sleep. Please bring a sleeping bag. Cost is per donation. Otherwise there are some nice small B&B around. For more information please contact: Funda Yüksekdağ 

Food Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by volunteers of the group. Lunch will be prepared by Mehmet. Price for food is 8 eur per day.