Leatherwork – Make a Backpack: Two Day Workshop – COURSE FULL



Two Day Course

Christina Charles-Bayliss

6 July 2023 to 7 July 2023

9:30 am to 4:30 pm

£219 two day course. Includes materials

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Learn how to make your own Leather Backpack using beautiful Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather. After an introduction to Leather and its types and uses, you
will begin by cutting out the Backpack panels from a pre-prepared pattern in a rich brown leather. You will learn how to attach the fittings and construct your bag using a traditional saddle-stitching technique.

There will also be the opportunity to customise your creation with your initials (or someone else’s!)

No previous experience is necessary and all tools / materials will be provided.

This course is ideal for those with an interest in crafting and/or leather, bags and accessories, traditional skills and sewing.

Accommodation can be booked, subject to availability.

Tutor information

Christina Charles has worked with Leather for nearly 20 years. She fell in love with the material whilst studying for a BA (Hons) Fashion at Winchester School of Art. Having specialised in Leather for her degree show, Christina went on to work for a number of luxury London fashion houses such as Catherine Walker and Jasper Conran in a product development capacity. After completing a research trip in 2009 that took Christina through the Middle East and Asia in search of Leather Artisans practicing in Syria, India and Nepal, she relocated from London to Somerset to take up the role of ‘Head of Design’ at the well-known tannery Pittards in Yeovil.

In 2017 Christina set up her own practice and now splits her time between running her own contemporary leather goods label Hirsch & Kirsch, Sampling and Development for the fashion and accessories industry and teaching leather workshops from her studio in North East Somerset.

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