Portraits 1 : Shoemaker Van der Meiren, Melsele
Making portraits that is a challenge : the light and the colors must be perfect, the person must be captured in his essence and character, the surroundings are important. There is so much to learn and to try here for me, it’s like a whole new world to discover.
There are not many shoemakers anymore in
Shoemakers are snowed under with work. It is a very good thing to learn if you want a good and regular job, but strangely enough not many youngsters seem to get this idea.
The shoemaker Van der Meiren is one of the rare craftsman who has also the skill to repair saddles. Since horse riding as a hobby is booming, people come from far and near to get their saddle repaired.
If you enter the workshop of F. Van der Meiren, it is a bit as if you go back in time : saddles hang on the wall, a mass of shoes in all forms and measures is waiting for repair, other rows are ready to be collected again, there is the smell of leather and all kind of tools and machines are around him.
With thanks to F. Van der Meiren.