Forty Hall – Leather Christmas Gifts

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The Forty Hall Farm Shop has many lovely items on sale.  Many food items on sale are grown on the grounds of Forty Hall and many craft items are made by local crafts people like me!

Keep your eyes open for my new leather and fabric range; they will be on sale in the shop very soon.

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Black History Month Exhibition: Wraparound

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Beautiful African fabrics are on display in Bruce Castle’s current exhibition for Black History Month.  I am very pleased that some of my leather and African textile products are also on display in this exhibition in Haringey.

The exhibition explores the symbolism of head – wraps and the African fabrics associated with them.  I have explored my own use of the colours in African fabrics and the ways in which I use them to compliment different leathers.

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This informative exhibition opened on 15th September 2016.  It is well worth a visit.

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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.

 

 

 

Leather Craft Review 2013 / Hello Leather Craft 2014

 

 

 

 

Christmas Lights 2013

Christmas Lights 2013

We are already approaching the third month of this New Year!

2013 was a wonderful year of craft for me.  It’s always a good idea to reflect on the different experiences you have during your craft journey; this blog post is a quick snapshot of what happened.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed making commissioned Bible covers.

Meloleather Inez Bible Cover

Leather Bible Meloleather

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

Making leather Afro combs and being a part of the History of the Afro Comb exhibition at Bruce Castle Museum was a real thrill.  It brought back many happy memories associated with the Oooohart Cultural Olympiad exhibition in 2012 where I exhibited my leather running track as part of the London Olympic Games.

Meloleather Afro combs in display case

Meloleather Afro combs in display case

Meloleather Black Afro Comb

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melo Leather Olympic Running Track at Hornsey Library Melo Leather

 

Meeting so many interesting people at the craft fairs I did in Southgate, Crouch End and Forty Hall was very encouraging.  It was wonderful to talk to so many people in North London who also have a passion for beautifully made objects.

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I can’t wait for many more craft experiences in 2014!

 

 

 

 

Christmas Craft Fairs

Meloleather perforated black purse on sale at the Christmas craft fair

Meloleather perforated black purse on sale at the Christmas craft fair

Christmas is almost here!

I am very excited to be participating in this year’s Designer Craft Fair in Southgate on Sunday 17th November.

Please see www.openstudios.uk.com for more details and visit me at the fair:
DESIGNER CRAFT ART FAIR
SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2013 10am-6pm
St Monica’s Parish Centre, Canon House,
6 Cannon Hill, Southgate N14 7HG

I will also be at the CROUCH END CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR on Saturday 14th December 2013. More details will follow.

 

Leather Afro Combs for Black History Month at Bruce Castle Museum

Meloleather black Afro comb

Meloleather black Afro comb


When my leather running track was on display in Bruce Castle Museum for the London Olympics last year, I was very excited! I am as equally excited with what is taking place for this year’s Black History Month celebrations.

Side view of case displaying my Afro combs

Side view of case displaying my Afro combs

Meloleather Afro combs in display case

Meloleather Afro combs in display case

An exhibition in association with the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge University) has been curated at Bruce Castle Museum. Included are three Afro combs I have covered with leather and my own Afro comb memories.

This exhibition is on until February 2014. Bruce Castle is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 1pm – 5pm. Please visit this exhibition and let me know what you think of my combs.

Bruce Castle Museum
Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU
020 8808 8772

Best leather wishes,
Melonie x

Meloleather gold and red Afro comb

Meloleather gold and red Afro comb