Interview on Cut the Craft Podcast
MFA thesis work https://vimeo.com/63621486
Amara Hark Weber is a shoemaker, artist, and educator based in St. Paul, MN. Amara began making shoes while completing her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She continued to study western boots with DW Frommer, hand-sewn shoes with Janne Melkersson in Sweden, Hungarian master Marcell Mrsan, and high heels with Chris Francis. She is the recipient of the 2017 Rare Craft Fellowship from the American Craft Council (ACC), and has participated in several ACC shows and showcases. In addition, Amara has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Council, and Jerome Foundation, and was a merit scholar at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In the St Paul workshop, Amara makes every component of each pair of shoes, including last-making. All of the work is completely custom designed and built for individual clients. In addition to making custom shoes, she also teaches one-on-one tutorials and short courses at various schools including: Penland School of Craft, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Quest University.
Before becoming a shoemaker, Amara worked as a photographer and writer, and taught documentary storytelling. She has degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the London School of Economics, and Bard College.
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