Description: In 1987, Lenny Wilson learned to make shoes at Cordwainer’s Technical College, a leather trades college in London. Shortly afterward, he began a career in public horticulture and was inspired to create a pair of shoes that incorporated parts of plants into their construction. Using traditional methods and materials, he unifies leather, leaves, and other materials to craft unique life-size shoes.
Join Lenny for a unique presentation as he shares his journey, illustrates what inspires him, demonstrates how he selects plants and employs tools, and relates exhibition and workshop experiences.
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Lenny holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Delaware. Currently he is the Assistant Director of Horticulture and Facilities at Delaware Center for Horticulture, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Delaware’s diverse communities through horticulture. His one-of-a-kind shoes made from plant material are displayed in local art galleries and exhibits.