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.

 

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

 

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