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.

 

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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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.

Leather Forty Hall

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?

 

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.

 

Pop Up at Blockbuster!

Blockbuster pop up shop in Southgate

Blockbuster pop up shop in Southgate

The Creative Exchange Sign Enfield

The Creative Exchange Sign Enfield

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

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.

Southgate Tube Station

Southgate Tube Station