I’m excited to be selling my new leather range at the Forty Hall Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December 2019. There will be lots of leather Christmas gifts for sale. It would be lovely to see you there.
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.
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.
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.
I had lots of fun making sheep keyrings to coincide with Forty Hall’s Lambing season.
Visit Forty Hall to see the real sheep and my keyrings.
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.
The new Forty Hall Farm Shop has opened and I am very pleased that some of my products are being sold there.
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!
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.
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 is finally here! The more I look around, the more I can see ideas in nature, waiting to be recreated with leather.
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.
These images of flowers from my garden could lead to many exciting leather flower work: watch this space!
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.
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.
In 2014, I will be making more leather bags.
This first is a simple clutch made from black goat skin.
There will be a range of simple clutch bags called ‘Cindy’. Look out for more as the year progresses.