When it comes to artisan crafts, there are many longstanding skills and working methods that are steeped in tradition. Crafts that involve working manually in the manufacture of an end product have remained popular for centuries. Today these traditional crafting methods can take the form of companies manufacturing items using traditional methods, or hobbyists who enjoy recreating the past, using materials and approaches from past eras.
After I started doing leatherwork and design a few years ago, I knew exactly where I was going and what I planned to achieve. I understood how to source materials, where to learn skills, and when to adapt strategy. In today's situation, I am slightly disoriented, and the future is not very clear.
There has been debate about hobbyists in recent months. There was an idea that hobbyists are devaluing the worth of trained leatherworkers and saddlers, which quite frankly isn’t true in the slightest. The real truth is that hobbyists are so important to keeping the fascination and constant attention drawn towards leatherwork.
Hello, everyone! My name is Natasha Kerimova, and for more than two years, I have been studying and perfecting the craft of creating fashion leather bags and small leather accessories. At the end of October 2019 my brand Ten Cloudy was born where I am the designer, the buyer, the prototypist, and the maker.
I want to start my blog with the topic of how one can get a chance to learn about the leathercraft...