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.

 

 

 

Thank You! Personalised Leather Book Workshop

Meloleather thank you note 8/13

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!

Meloleather Personalised Leather Book Workshop London 3/8/13
I intend to run more leather workshops in the future so keep your eyes on this blog for more details.

Meloleather Personalised Leather Book Workshop London 3/8/13

Meloleather Personalised Leather Book Workshop London 3/8/13
Meloleather Personalised Leather Book Workshop London 3/8/13Meloleather Personalised Leather Book Workshop London 3/8/13

 

Finished Bible Cover: Composed Simplicity

Melo bespoke leather Bible cover, made in London

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.

http://www.maxwellscottbags.com/italian-leather-blog/2011/08/differences-in-animal-leather/

 

Leather Workshop: 5 Days Left!

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:
Meloleather Personalised Leather Book Workshop London 11/12

Meloleather Personalised Leather Book Workshop London 11/12Meloleather Personalised Leather Book Workshop London 11/12


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  meloleather@gmail.com
or  07951 553 856





Meloleather personalised leather book made by Melo 2013


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. 

 

Africa Inspires

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.  

Meloleather African fabric lined leather purse made by Melo 2012


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.

Meloleather African fabric small notebook made in London by Melo 2012Meloleather African fabric small notebook made in London by Melo 2012


 

Art in Action 2013

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.


 

Bible Gifts

I continue to work on the bespoke Bible cover I have been asked to create. I am at the stage where I am trying to understand the needs of the person who will be using the Bible, and which colours will best suit this person.
Below are some images of a christening Bible I covered earlier in the year.

Meloleather bespoke Christening Bible cover made by Melo 2013

Meloleather bespoke Christening Bible cover made by Melo 2013