It is excellent that Abbey England continues its annual tradition and grants two further awards for 2021! I do not know who the winners are yet but I'm certain that Abbey England's team will make a good choice. You will have an opportunity to read the winners' blogs about their experiences and adventures in the leather and saddlery industries. For me, writing this blog this year proved to be a very useful and restorative exercise. I will keep writing posts next year, but on my own website.
Last year I made a small batch of micro bags as Christmas tree decorations. This year I have decided to keep this tradition going and created micro Kensington satchels, a simplified mini version of my signature bags. I used off-cuts of the same leathers and suede as used for my real size bags production.
This time I want to share some information which might be useful for other leather makers and designers. Last week as part of the London Craft Week program, I visited Deptford Cockpitarts Studios. It is a memorable place for me. First of all, this is where I attended my first bag making course and realised it is to become my new profession. Then at some point last year I was invited for an interview with Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers' Award. It was a great opportunity. I was looking so much forward to it, but got so excited that mixed up the dates and failed to show up for the interview.
Before holidays, I managed to develop a series of my classes and tested it on a few lucky ones. In line with social distancing guidelines, the classes are one-to-one or one-to-two from one household. It is an exciting experience for me. The test runs have immediately demonstrated some deficiencies in allocated timing and complexity planning.
My life, in general, has begun to change this month: we have started meeting friends, I went to London a couple of times, visited local parks and gardens on pre-booked slots. I even ate once in a cafe. So some sort of social activity is returning. Subconsciously I hoped everything to be the same, which is far from it. Sometimes I do not know how to react when I mix up going along one-way arrows on floor in public places, how to stick to social distancing rules in narrow corridors, whether to keep a mask on or off while shopping.
We are slowly crawling out of the never-ending lockdown. It is a pity we were taught very little about mental health and wellbeing back in schools, universities. For me, manual creative work and craft is a very calming process. I apply this simple antistress technique every day.
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.
I hope you're doing well. What can I write about today? I would really like to write about something else than what is outside our windows, but it's not working. No matter who you are, a craftsperson, an artist, a designer, a taxi driver, a teacher, whether you are an Italian, a Russian, or an English, we all feel stress, and concern about today, tomorrow, and the future.
Let us presume that accidentally you fell in love with leathercraft and realised that you are eager to study more. You want to learn the skills needed to create more advanced handcrafted leather objects. The opportunities for further studies are many, depending on the time and money you have. Online videos (www.leathercraftmasterclass.com, www.peternitz.com), webinars, and books an excellent initial route of collecting knowledge.
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...