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.
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
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.
I can’t wait for many more craft experiences in 2014!
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.
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
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
I am now a part of the Creative Exchange group based in North London. It has been wonderful to meet so many other creative people and to be a part of their Pop-Up Shop at Blockbuster. Work from members of Creative Exchange is displayed in this vacant store. It is also rotated frequently.
Meloleather Keyrings on a Keyring Tree
Watch this space! There will be a lot more activity at Blockbuster as we all prepare for the Christmas Fair.
Many thanks to the people who attended the Personalised Leather Book Workshop last Saturday at Hornsey Vale Community Centre. I was so proud of the creative books you made and the encouragement you gave to each other. Well done!
I intend to run more leather workshops in the future so keep your eyes on this blog for more details.
I have now completed the Bible cover I was asked to make using black cow hide leather and red thread. When creating a Bible cover, sometimes it is as difficult to simplify the design as it is to make it quite intricate. The lady who asked for this cover wanted something simple. The simplest technique would have been to use the natural beauty of leather, carefully positioning its irregularities to make a feature of them and adding nothing to the surface. However, I love manipulating the surface of leather and I employ different techniques to do so. The following link is from an leather accessories website that gives a very simple explanation of the differences in some leathers.
There are only a few days left until the Personalised Leather Book workshop. Many thanks to the people who have reserved a place already. There are a few spaces left. If you would like to attend, please let me know as it helps me to prepare the letters you need for your initials.
These are images from people who attended a similar workshop last November:
Recap:If you attend, you will be provided with a small plain paper journal (approximately 13cm x 9cm, 100 pages) which you will decorate with the initial of your name and take home. You will use leather needles and running stitch (or a stitch of your choice) to secure your initial to your chosen leather. Spaces are limited so please contact me to reserve a place at email@example.com or 07951 553 856
When: Saturday 3rd August 2013 Where: Hornsey Vale Community Centre 60 Mayfield Road London N8 9LP Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm Costs: £30 per person Requirements: This workshop is suitable for anyone who can sew using simple running stitch. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
For many years now, I have admired the many beautiful patterns in the African fabrics friends of mine wore on a daily basis.
The colour and pattern you find in these beautiful textiles is one of the sources of inspiration for my leather work; wherever possible, I line my purses and cover my books with distinct African fabrics.
This inspiration worked very well during Black History Month when I ran bookmaking workshops using African fabrics. It’s also nice to see that others are using Africa as a source of inspiration too. The July/August 2013 issue of Selvedge, a magazine which focuses on textiles, has a feature on African textiles and the history that forged some of them. Take a look if you get the chance.
Art in Action is an annual craft event that takes place in the beautiful setting of Oxfordshire countryside. I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to attend with a good crafting friend of mine. It was a real priviledge to see so many talented artists, some of whom were demonstrating their skills on site. This included weavers, glass blowers, bee keepers, silversmiths, blacksmiths, potters . . . Each art and craft discipline had its own dedicated tent. There was so much to see; we hardly scratched the surface! If you get the opportunity to attend this event, I would highly recommend it.
Child counting the cartridges on this interesting deer.
Each art and craft discipline was housed in its own tent. Many artists sold their work in the market place area.