Since 1996, I have been demonstrating shoe-making techniques from the High and Late Middle Ages at numerous medieval fairs and markets. The objective of my demonstrations is to invite visitors at such fairs to immerse themselves in a time characterised by a unique and special relationship with materials, shapes, and colours. This relationship was determined by age-old traditions and concepts. The focus of my work lies on shoe forms as used by all social classes, ranging from simple laced shoes to elaborately made turnshoes and crakowers. The shoes provide an overview over shoe fashion covering a period of about 500 years. I integrate new archaeological findings - particularly from town archaeology - into my work.
The design of the market booth is based on a traditional construction method. It consists of an easy-to-assemble wooden frame covered with a 2x3 metre canvas.