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Anne Marika Verploegh Chasse

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I have always been a maker and collector of skills.
In shoes and boots I have found a perfect expression for my many talents.
To think and build something beautiful and lasting in its functionality, applying traditional techniques in playful ways, suits me well.

Fascinated by the physicality of the traditional making process and the challenge of combining math, ergonomics, sculpture and artistry I have studied all over the world with skilled master-craftsmen to learn the craft. Having this long, unique apprenticeship with many different makers has shaped my artistry, allowed me to incorporate many different techniques to find my own.

My fine arts background bleeds into my designs. Bold lines, curves, hand-stitched details, multi-color rows of threads, leather surfaces marked by nature, combined with techniques traditionally not linked to footwear, exemplify my work.