On this relaxed course, you will be working from templates provided to make an adjustable shoulder bag from vegetable tanned leather. Using traditional hand tools and techniques you will begin with making a simple travel wallet, and then put into practice your newly learnt skills to make your bag.
For the first evening session, your tutors, Jeremy and Carla, will introduce you to the materials and tools you will be working with. Throughout the course they will work alongside you demonstrating each process and the tools required to complete them. You will be working from templates but will discover ample opportunity to personalise your bag as it comes together.
Some techniques and information covered during the course will include:
• Looking at different types of leather
• How leather behaves
• Using templates
• Marking up leather
• Cutting out leather
• Paring leather
• Stitch punching
• Hand stitching
• Attaching billets
• Attaching straps
• The use of rivets
• The use of press studs
• Finishing edges
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Jeremy and Carla Bonner established Bonner Leather Studio in 2014 just outside Cirencester, where they work together. Jeremy graduated from Birmingham School of Art and Carla graduated from Newcastle on Tyne Polytechnic.