Alistair Raphael

2014 QEST Radcliffe Trust Apprentice - Cordwaining & Shoemaking

In 1990 Alistair gained an MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design and went on to enjoy a successful career as an artist and a designer of public arts programmes. However, fuelled by the desire to return to ‘making’, he completed several courses with the bespoke shoemakers Carréducker in his spare time and quickly realised that he had the aptitude, dexterity and ambition to become a skilled shoemaker. QEST enabled Alistair to embark upon a one-year apprenticeship with Carréducker to hone his skills and give him the experience necessary to complete thirty pairs of shoes, essential as the basis of an apprentice’s stock requirement and to join the elite group of West End bespoke shoemakers.


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