Process: Cut out leather.Use every uneven leather on the inside to minimize waster. (I learned from the leather workshop that most high end companies won’t accept leather with flaws even they are perfect fine when used strategically.) Prepare hardware. Cut out strap.Dye the strap into dark brown color.Ready to get stitched together.Inside saddle stitches.Attached second tone flap.Finished!
Project Brief: The goal of this project is to design a ride-on toy for 2-3 year old children. Aesthetically the little rider should have playful and fun characters with consideration of its targeted users—-no sharp edges or pointy corners, with appropriate dimension, safe, durable and easy to operate; it should also be simple and modern to fit in houses and for parents to assemble and recycle. Material wise I hope to use natural high quality material that no only safe […]
Wanted to tested the new set of stamps I got. Vegetable tanned leather takes stamps really well. I wet the surface and waited for it to return it’s dry color. Placed the stamp and hit it with a hammer several times. Then I lightly painted the indent to make it more visible.
Two things made me want to design this little cord organizer. One is the new Japanese circular cutter—cut leather in circle beautifully like you’ve never seen; and the elastic band— I’ve always been interested in combining different material with leather, I’ve used the elastic band before with the leather sleeve project, but that leather was way thicker and I’ve only glued them together.
* Posts under ‘Whitney’s Notes’ are for me to organize my notes from conference, my research over special topics and my random work inspired by random things. Please check reference list to find the original content.* Posters I made for leather awareness. Where is leather from, industrially? Most popular voice: The global market for beef, and hence hides for leather production, is finely balanced. The supply is clearly based on the demand for beef, rather than the needs of the leather sector. Over […]
* Posts under ‘Whitney’s Notes’ are for me to organize my notes from conference, my research over special topics and my random work inspired by random things. Please check reference list to find the original content.* Two of many things I love about leather: 1. it is an organic material—so it reacts to its environment and its users and changes over time, and 2. leather craft can date back to the beginning of human history. I will explore its organic characters by […]
I am always curious about the special characters of leather. As a type of organic material, its reaction to light, heat, water and time surprises me all the time. This time I wanted to test if I can harden a soft piece of leather and make it into a standalone form. I started by cutting long elliptical holes all over this sheet of leather for some extra flexibility when I need to stretch it. Then I soaked the […]
Dye a piece of leather into desirable shade.Cut to exact measurement, attach necessary hardware if applicable.Saddle stitch. Apply masking tape around the edges to prepare for edge dying. Grove inside the folds to make it fold easily. Finish! Left: the single compartment card holder. Right: two-fold wallet.