International Footwear Artist Kobi Levi Offers Artists and Students Unique Workshop Opportunity At Boca Raton’s Levis JCC

The Boca Levis JCC is hosting cutting-edge Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levi at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Jan. 8 – 13, 2017 for his U.S. debut. Kobi Levi’s wearable art is revered for its whimsical nature and custom craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects (bananas, birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee, as well as fantasy and glamour), into the shape of shoes.  The public is invited to an Art Talk with Levi on January 9th.  Kobi Levi has a true passion for sharing his vision, which blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, with students and artists. Artists, fashion students and faculty, designers, fashion marketers, and shoe lovers are invited to attend his Artists’ Workshop (“From Concept to Execution”) on Tuesday, January 10th.  This is a SMALL workshop, so we suggest you RSVP now!  The Rickie Report shares the details and images.  In addition, the Kobi Levi “pop up boutique” at the Rosen Museum Gallery will feature 30 unique pairs of hand-made, custom shoes.

 

 

 

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21050 95th Ave South   Boca Raton, FL 33428
Levis JCC in Boca Raton’s
Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery
at the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center

 

 

Presents:

Footwear Art  by KOBI LEVI

Artists’ Workshop
From Concept to Execution
Led by
Kobi Levi

 

 

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Kobi Levi surrounded by his FootWear Art designs

 

“We are very excited to be hosting cutting-edge Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levi at the Levis JCC’s Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Jan. 8 – 13, 2017 for his U.S. debut. Kobi Levi’s wearable art is revered for its whimsical nature and custom craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects such as bananas and birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee, as well as fantasy and glamour, into the shape of shoes. Celebrities including Lady Gaga, Whoopi Goldberg, and Fergie have been seen wearing his limited edition designs”, shares Sue Harrington, Gallery Director.

 

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“Miao” by Kobi Levi

 

Kobi Levi has a true passion for sharing his vision, which blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, with students and artists. We are delighted to invite artists, fashion students and faculty, designers, fashion marketers, and shoe lovers to attend his Artists’ Workshop (From Concept to Execution). This intimate workshop will offer a truly unique opportunity to create a shoe concept and then receive feedback and a critique from Kobi Levi. Students can bring iPads and create a digital design or they can sketch their design on paper. This unusual hands-on educational experience will provide participants the rare opportunity to work with a brilliant, creative shoe designer and artist.

 

 

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“Chewing Gum” by Kobi Levi 

 

Related Event: The Art of Crafting the Shoe
 Monday, January 9, 2017    2:00 to 3:30 pm

 

Location: Beifield Auditorium, Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis JCC,
 21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428
Details: Kobi Levi will focus on the challenges of transforming his inspirations into wearable art in this Art Talk.
Cost: $12 for Artists’ Workshop participants
Open to the community
To register, call 561-558-2504

 

 

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 “Chameleon” by Kobi Levi

 

 

Artists’ Workshop Details:

 

Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center,
21050 95th Ave South, Boca Raton (off Glades Rd. between Lyons and 441)

 

Cost: $25 per faculty or professional artist; $10 per student with student ID
To register: Call Sue Harrington, Gallery Director, at 561-558-2504

 

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“Flamingo” by Kobi Levi

 

 

Kobi Levi’s “wearable art” shoe designs are revered for their whimsical nature and masterful craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects such as bananas and birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee as well as fantasy and glamor – think Disney characters and mother/daughter duos – into the shape of shoes. Celebrities including Lady Gaga (Double Boots), Whoopi Goldberg, and Fergie (Chewing Gum) have been seen wearing his designs. The Kobi Levi “pop up boutique” at the Rosen Museum Gallery in Boca Raton will feature 30 unique pairs of hand-made, custom shoes.

 

 

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Banana peels inspire a shoe design by Kobi Levi

 

“My inspiration for a new design originates from a simple concept or image and then the shoe becomes my canvas,” Kobi Levi explains. “My work blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, as I relate to aspects from all three fields. I am thrilled to bring my visually humoristic footwear to the U.S. and excited to be launching two brand new designs at the Levis JCC!”

 

 

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Behind the Scenes: Working on pattern for Chinese Dragon Shoe

 

The FootWear Art exhibit is graciously underwritten by Judi and Allan Schuman. Additional support is provided by Arleen Roberts, Bloomingdales and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Boca Raton Magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor of Kobi Levi’s FootWear Art exhibition and its associated events.

 

 

About Kobi Levi:

 Design and shoes have been Kobi Levi’s passion since his childhood in Tel Aviv, Israel. After his graduation in 2001 from Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem, Kobi Levi worked as a freelance footwear designer. During this time, he learned the trade secrets of shoe development and craftsmanship, while spending his leisure time designing unique, creative and innovative shoe styles, which challenge the standard definitions of design, art and fashion to create a niche of their own. It was in 2010 when Kobi’s creations began to receive attention from around the world, including a spot in Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” music video. The demand for Kobi Levi’s wearable art exploded and in July 2011 Kobi opened his studio in Tel Aviv, offering his original designs for sale. In the studio he creates, develops and produces limited editions from his designs. All pairs are made by hand from high-quality materials.

Learn more at: http://kobilevidesign.com

 

About the Levis JCC Sandler Center:

The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences.

Learn more at:http://levisjcc.org/culture/

 

 

About the Adolph & Rose Levis JCC:

The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida. With a preschool, summer camp, family activities, athletics, cultural arts, adult enrichment and special needs programming, as well as a thrift shop for bargain hunters, the Levis JCC offers something for everyone.

Learn more at  www.levisjcc.org

 

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Molly Grant, Owner Of Cordwainer Shop, Sells Hand Crafted Custom Made Footwear At Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Artful traveler, Molly Grant, will be in West Palm Beach, FL,  with her hand-crafted custom-made footwear. Owner of the Cordwainer Shop in Deerfield, NH, Molly and her jewel-toned shoes travel the country to fine juried craft shows (most by invitation only). Molly will be one of the featured artists at the 13th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show Friday, February 26th, through Sunday, February 28th, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. She measures each foot, helps customers select the right style and fit, and then designs beautiful as well as comfortable leather footwear  (both boots and shoes).  The Rickie Report is excited to share Molly’s designs and details. We cannot wait to see her colorful shoes and handbags in person!  If you want to learn to create your own shoes, Molly offers a special workshop!

 

 

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M  O  L  L  Y       G  R  A  N  T

Of The Cordwainer Shop

Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Boulevard   W. Palm Beach, Florida

 

Friday, February 26
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, February 27
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, February 28
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

 

Tickets are available:

 http://www.craftsamericashows.com/PALM_main.htm

 

 

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Do you look at the styles first? The colors?  Your eyes go from one pair to another as your mind focuses on what combination you will choose!  Songbird blue or Jamaican blue, blazing orange or burnt orange, felt green or chartreuse, chipotle red or bright red pepper… so many colors and so many combinations for Molly Grant to create a pair of shoes or boots just for you!  Molly tells The Rickie Report,“I create custom, handmade all leather footwear. Cordwainer footwear is classically and distinctively styled for men and women.”  

 

 

 

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The Cordwainer Shop Custom Made Footwear

 

 

 

As the Nationally acclaimed Palm Beach Fine Craft Show in West Palm Beach enters its 13th year, Molly Grant will be one of the featured craftsmen. Hosted by Crafts America, the prestigious show will runs from Friday, February 26th, through Sunday, February 28th, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Friday and Saturday show hours are 10am-6pm, Sunday from 11am-5pm.

 

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The Cordwainer Shop Custom Made Footwear, “Botanical”

 

 

 

 

 

Molly Grant began leather working in her early 20’s, first by working on her own and then by apprenticing at the Black Swan Leather shop in Portsmouth, NH, where she learned the basic skills of traditional leather working. In 1991, Molly had the opportunity to meet Paul Mathews, owner of the Cordwainer Shop; within a few months’ time Molly was traveling to National juried craft shows with Paul and learning the Cordwainer craft.

 

 

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The Cordwainer Shop Custom Footwear, Women’s Sandal

 

 

 

The Cordwainer Shop was founded in the 1930’s by Edward F. Mathews. His son, Paul, carried on the shop tradition as main designer, and except for a 4 year stint in WWII, shoemaking became his life’s work and joy. Molly Grant now carries on the Cordwainer tradition of custom handmade footwear that also includes her own line of handbags. Traveling the country to fine juried craft shows, creating shoes and teaching shoemaking workshops has become as much a passion to Molly as it was to Paul.

 

 

 

 

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Shoemaking Workshops

 

 

Molly has offered shoemaking workshops at her studio in New Hampshire since 1993 and this coming year will be teaching at Pennsylvania School of Craft in Lancaster, PA and Arrowmont School of Craft in Gatlinburg, TN. Please contact her with questions or to sign up for a workshop at 603.261.7742.

 

 

 

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Molly Grant of The Cordwainer Shop  (Photo Courtesy of Melanie Plenda)

 

 

 

 

 

For more information please contact:

Molly Grant
The Cordwainer Shop
Custom Handmade Footwear
Wild Orchard Farm
67 Candia Rd PO Box 110       Deerfield, NH 03037
603 261 7742

 

 

Cordwainer Shop Website: www.cordwainershop.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CordwainerShop
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cordwainershoes/
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