Enfield Craft Fair 19th May 2019

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I will be selling my handcrafted leather goods at the craft fair in Enfield Town on Sunday 19th May 2019 from 12pm – 6pm.  I will be selling my new leather collection and taking orders for leather goods.

Melo Canvas bags

This fair has been organised by the Old Enfield Charitable Trust.  Craft makers who create their own goods will be at these stalls.

It would be lovely to see you.

 

Art UK Sculpture Project! Leather Afro Combs Exhibition

Meloleather Gold Afro Comb

I am very excited that the leather Afro Combs I created for Bruce Castle’s History of the Afro Comb Exhibition have now been included in Art UK’s Sculpture Project.

Meloleather Afro Combs

Works from artists all across the UK have been included in this national database and I am very pleased that my leather work has been included.

 

Visit the site for more details.

 

Bookmaking Workshops

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We had lots of fun making books using African fabrics at Hornsey Library during Black History Month.

People had the chance to bring their own materials to make their own special notebooks.  Everyone was proud of their own creations.

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Leather gifts at Forty Hall’s Farm Shop

Forty Hall Farm Shop
Forty Hall Farm Shop

Forty Hall Farm Shop Now Open!

 

The new Forty Hall Farm Shop has opened and I am very pleased that some of my products are being sold there.

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Melo Leather goods inside Forty Hall’s Farm Shop

This beautiful shop sources items primarily created by people from North London  – including my leather goods.

 

Forty Hall Farm Shop is currently open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm.   If you haven’t visited the shop yet, Sunday 7th June would be a good day to go.  Forty Hall are having a Big Sunday with many fun and exciting activities to experience.

 

I hope you get the chance to visit the Farm Shop whilst you’re enjoying everything Forty Hall has to offer!

 

Melo

 

Great British Sewing Bee Leather Challenge

Detail of Meloleather Clutch
Contemporary Leather Colours Mel

Meloleather colours; a range of leathers used

I was so excited to see episode 5 of The Great British Sewing Bee. See BBC IPlayer for the episode.

This episode contained many new challenges for sewers, including sewing a garment using leather.

Listening to the language the competitors used to describe the luxurious and sumptuous feel of the leather they were handling filled me with great joy; I get excited whenever someone discovers this beautiful textile.  

Detail of Meloleather Clutch

Detail of Meloleather Clutch

I also felt that this episode highlighted the many challenges that arise when sewing leather.  Leather is not an easy material to sew or handle if you have no experience of what you are doing.

In my own creative leather work,  I have to consider the type of leather I use for different commissions and how they will work on my machine.  My work contains a lot of applique made up from different textiles.  This means that I always consider how these materials will compliment each other.   I also have to plan  ways to reduce the bulk of what I am working on.

I hope to run more leather workshops later in the year where people will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of leather and make something precious of their own.

In the meantime, who will win The Great British Sewing Bee?

 

Spring Flowers: Leather Inspiration

Spring Garden flowers

Spring is finally here!  The more I look around, the more I can see ideas in nature, waiting to be recreated with leather.

Spring Garden flowers

Spring Garden flowers

Spring Garden Flowers to Inspire Leather Work

Spring Garden Flowers to Inspire Leather Work

 

I was fortunate enough to visit The Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square last week.

They currently have an annual exhibition from the Royal Society of British Artists. Many of these beautiful pieces of art were inspired by nature.

I then made my way to The National Gallery, past the Blue Cockerel on the fourth plinth, which is currently showing two sunflower paintings by Van Gogh, side by side. I would highly recommend a visit to view these pieces of art and to see the processes Van Gogh employed to create his work.

National Gallery Exhibition of Van Gogh's Sunflowers

National Gallery Exhibition of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

These images of flowers from my garden could lead to many exciting leather flower work:  watch this space!

Garden Seed Heads

Garden Seed Heads

 

Contemporary Leather and African Bible Cover: Architectural Inspiration

Leather Bible Meloleather

 

 

Leather Bible Meloleather

This is part of the planning process for making my commissioned Bible covers.

I was commissioned to make a contemporary Bible cover using purple leather and African fabrics in the Inez design. 

Many things inspire me to make the things I make.  This light fixture in a North London Church (Newcourt Christian Centre) really inspired my Inez designs and the layering effect I create with leather and textiles.

Architectural Light in Finsbury Park Church

Architectural Light in Finsbury Park Church

Architectural light in North London church

Architectural light in North London church

 

Contemporary Leather and African Textile Bible

Contemporary Leather and African Textile Bible

I am so pleased with the final result and so was the lady who commissioned me to make the Bible:

“What a blessing! To take a book which is so special on the inside and to have that beauty displayed on the outside.  Meloleather makes it so you CAN judge a book by its cover!  Thank you.”   Harriet.