Leatherworking: traditional skills & contemporary design
The Leatherwork courses provided by Valerie Michael and Neil MacGregor are based upon the techniques described in ‘The Leatherworking Handbook’ and experience of over 40 years as designers and makers of hand stitched leathergoods. Tuition is centred upon an awareness of both craftsmanship and design, so for students who are particularly interested in contemporary fashion accessories or more traditional leathergoods, these highly regarded courses provide the foundation and progression students require.
2014 Leatherwork Courses
For 2014 we are offering courses covering a range of abilities and of various lengths, depending on the complexity of the syllabus. These include Bag design, Leather restoration & repair techniques, Travel bags, Small leathergoods, Leather covered trunks and more. Look at ‘All Courses’ at the top for in depth descriptions, costs and dates. Scroll down to the course calendar below for full listings. More dates may be added as the year progresses so please keep looking for up dates.
These practical courses (see course calendar) teach students how to design & make a wide range of leather goods using only hand techniques. These include bags for women and men, cases, belts and associated fashion accessories, small leathergoods including wallets & purses, travel bags/luggage, trunks etc, using vegetable tanned leathers. Students are encouraged to develop their own individual styles and helped to experiment and explore the creative potential of leather. Dates for 2015 will be ready in September so keep looking here and book up as soon as you can.
All courses take place in our workshop so with a maximum of 5 students per course, everyone receives individual tuition. A set of tools is provided for each student to use and a range of leathers, hand tools, metal fittings and other materials are available for students to buy if they wish. Patterns and course notes are provided for specialist courses and a ‘Suppliers List’ is supplied. Lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments are provided within the course fees. See the drop down menu for full course details . Daily session times are 9.00am – 5.30pm ( Sundays we finish at 5.00 pm)
How to get to Tetbury and where to stay see FAQ
To book: Complete and email the online booking form. We will contact you to arrange payment of your deposit. If the course is already full you will be added to the Reserve List and contacted if a place comes up.
OR Telephone: (0044) 01666 502179 with credit/debit cards details
To secure a place, please email your Booking Form as soon as possible. then arrange payment of the deposit by your preferred method. Once a booking has been made and the course deposit paid, you will receive a ‘Student learning contract & agreement’ as confirmation. For information about session times, lunch arrangements, location, travel information, places to stay, cancellation conditions etc see FAQ. For up to date availability of places see the Course Calendar below.
Please email us with your details so we can add you to the Reserve List and contact you if there is a cancellation on any course that appears to be FULL.
Please note: Valerie is running a one day ‘Purse making’ workshop on Friday 5th September 2014, in Cheltenham, Glos. To find out more go to www.guildcrafts.org.uk You can book by calling them on 01242 245215.