Author, publisher, mother, social researcher, oral historian and Bootblack PLUS! Bootblack KL lives a life as eclectic as her craft. Having competed at IMsLBB 2018 as the first Australian female bootblack, she’s coming back to share her bootblack experiences down under and the oral history projects fueling her passion!

Author, publisher, mother, social researcher, oral historian and Bootblack PLUS! Bootblack KL lives a life as eclectic as her craft. Having competed at IMsLBB 2018 as the first Australian female bootblack, she’s coming back to share her bootblack experiences down under and the oral history projects fueling her passion!

History of Bootblacks in Australia- Claiming our space!

Presented by Bootblack KL

In this workshop, I will explore the history of bootblacks in Australia within the greater context of the leather community from the days post WWII to today. I will follow the path from personal service to the public domain of bars clubs and titles; how bootblacks claim these spaces, what some of the protocols that surround the bootblack culture are and what is the place of women and trans folk who ‘dared’ to step up.