To investigate footwear last design and manufacture techniques including 3D printing of footwear lasts

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To investigate footwear last design and manufacture techniques including 3D printing of footwear lasts featured image


Photo above: antique women’s lasts from my personal collection, note leather modifications to accommodate bunions. 


During July and August 2022, I undertook my 2019 Churchill Fellowship to study lastmaking, attending a lastmaking course in the UK and conducting interviews across the UK, The Netherlands, Canada and the US. In doing so, I achieved my Fellowship goal to learn the fundamentals of last design and production, and to investigate how a nuanced, life-long craft like lastmaking can be learned. 


Lasts are the foundation of footwear, but Australia’s small footwear manufacturing sector presently hinges on an inconsistent supply chain. Following completion of my Fellowship, I now work towards being an industry practitioner that Australian footwear manufacturers can discuss and resolve last design problems with. 


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Jennifer Harper Burnett

Jennifer Harper Burnett

QLD
2019

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