This practical course will introduce you to the process of traditional, hand-crafted leatherworking and how to make belts, pouches and other accessories.
You will also explore surface decoration techniques, along with the processes of ageing and distressing leather.
This course is ideal for those who are interested in craft and accessory design who are keen to understand the processes of leatherworking and surface decoration.
It’s also perfect for fashion and costume makers and is a fantastic skill for people who have an interest in battle re-enactments, live action role-playing and cosplay - the skills you’ll learn are very transferable.
During the course you will:
- learn which types of leather are suitable for different garments and accessories
- experiment with leather stamping and surface decoration
- explore leather manipulation techniques
- produce a piece of hand-tooled pattern
- try dyeing and surfacing leather to create different effects.
What will I gain?
By the end of the course, you’ll have created a leather belt with a stamped and tooled surface, as well as a hand-finished bag that you have constructed from a pattern.
Entry requirement: No experience with leather is required. Basic sewing skills will be an advantage.
Where you'll learn: You will be based in the Bonington building at the City Campus, our dedicated art and design hub.
You will have access to an excellent range of facilities and equipment in the leather and accessory design studios, with leather cutting tools, a leather embossing press and leather provided.
You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.
Tutor Profile: Enda Kenny is a costume and prop designer whose work has been featured extensively in TV shows like Game of Thrones, His Dark Materials, Krypton and The Frankenstein Chronicles.
He has also worked on films including Pirates of the Caribbean, King Arthur, The Wolfman and The Golden Compass.
Enda is based in Northern Ireland where he works across a variety of disciplines including leatherwork, millinery, prop costume and costume design.
He has extensive experience of supervising creative teams on projects in the UK, Ireland, France, Morocco, Portugal and Spain.
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Need accommodation for the summer?
You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms. Please discuss this with us once your booking is confirmed.
Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award?
This course can count as your Gold DofE Residential.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Five days of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.
Certificate of attendance upon completion.
Indicative class size: 8
This craft course provider has been awarded Silver status for receiving 5 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.