Pergamena Leather in Montgomery, NY

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 in Blog, leather
Pergamena Leather in Montgomery, NY

Last week I visited Pergamena, a leather tannery in Montgomery, NY. Most of the vegetable-tanned leathers they produce are for bookbinders, where a major concern is acid-free archival quality material. This photo shows soft and flexible soling material for bowling shoes — the “nap” of the leather is finished to run one way, so that you can slide right into your bowling lane.

IMG_9057At just over two hours away by car, I am fairly sure this is the closest leather tannery to my studio in Holyoke. If you had asked me six months ago, I would have said there were *no* tanneries at all close to me.…

In These Shoes: Bespoke Footwear in America at PCS Holyoke

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 in art shoes, Blog, custom shoes

It is nice to remember warmer times at this, the coldest and bleakest time of the year in New England! Here are some photos from last year’s show in Holyoke at the Paper City Studios gallery.



Glowing sign.


2013-09-29 11.40.50Amara Hark-Weber’s “Muscle Memory” video. Shoes made by Amara Hark-Weber, Jesse Moore and Anne Marika Verploegh Chasse.


2013-09-29 11.46.20Happiness, Paul Opperman





I am late for work, Jesse Moore


1185182_10201998838718539_655664589_nShoemakers Lisa Davidson and Anne Marika Verploegh Chasse with other nicely-shod reception attendees.

1185277_10201998830238327_2104682961_nOpposition, Amara Hark-Weber




Heartbroke Lovestruck, Anne Marika Verploegh Chasse


557718_10201998816717989_1367114800_nHappiness, Paula, and Heavy Metal, Paul Opperman


998475_10201998851358855_1154397058_nOutside Paper City Studios on a lovely summer’s evening in Holyoke.…