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.
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.
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.
This informative exhibition opened on 15th September 2016. It is well worth a visit.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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,
Each item is handcrafted, created with great time and considerable patience. This is a reflection of the long and arduous process involved in the production of leather before it is worked by Melö. Leathers are chosen for their quality and texture.
Much passion, thought and consideration go into each item created by Melö Contemporary Handcrafted Leather Designs.