MAY 7 – JULY 31, 2016

David Ramsey Commercial Photography 1124 S. Mint St Studio C Charlotte, NC 28203 704.376.2139 [#Beginning of Shooting Data Section] Nikon D3 2009/08/01 14:59:51.00 World Time: UTC, DST:OFF RAW (14-bit) Image Size: L (4256 x 2832), FX Lens: VR 105mm F/2.8G Artist: Copyright: Focal Length: 105mm Exposure Mode: Manual Metering: Matrix Shutter Speed: 1/60s Aperture: F/14 Exposure Comp.: 0EV Exposure Tuning: ISO Sensitivity: ISO 200 Optimize Image: White Balance: Color Temp. (5000K), 0, 0 Focus Mode: Manual AF-Area Mode: Single AF Fine Tune: OFF VR: OFF Long Exposure NR: OFF High ISO NR: OFF Color Mode: Color Space: sRGB Tone Comp.: Hue Adjustment: Saturation: Sharpening: Active D-Lighting: OFF Vignette Control: OFF Auto Distortion Control: Picture Control: [SD] STANDARD Base: [SD] STANDARD Quick Adjust: 0 Sharpening: 3 Contrast: 0 Brightness: 0 Saturation: 0 Hue: 0 Filter Effects: Toning: Flash Mode: Flash Exposure Comp.: Flash Sync Mode: Colored Gel Filter: Map Datum: Image Authentication: OFF Dust Removal: Image Comment: [#End of Shooting Data Section]

Drawn entirely from Mint’s permanent collection of shoes, Pumped is the first exhibition to view this collection through the lens of craft. The ancient tradition of shoemaking has much in common with other crafts represented at the museum, such as ceramics, glass, and metalwork. Like them, shoemaking at the highest level of quality requires a thorough knowledge of one or more materials with unique characteristics—in this case mainly leather, but also fabric, plastics, and other substances. Such knowledge is obtained through many hours of practice, whether the techniques used are centuries old or twenty-first century.

As with other crafts, industrialization changed shoemaking, enabling mass production and introducing new materials. Yet the desire for bespoke (custom-made) footwear persisted, and so did traditional methods. Today, different shoemakers occupy different points on a continuum of approaches from the most hands-on to the most automated. Since the 1980s there has been a resurgence of interest in the craft from both hobbyists and entrepreneurs who work in a studio setting, using relatively few machines. In the twenty-first century, others have used innovative technologies such as CAD (computer-assisted design) and 3D printing to radically rethink the design process and end product. Pumped features footwear ranging in date from the early 1700s to 2015.

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