Laser cut a leather accessory: cuff

Course Dates: 20/04/21 - 21/04/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Learn to laser cut leather on this introductory course. You will learn some basic drawing skills in Adobe Illustrator to produce a design that will be cut or etched into leather. The completed leather can then be used to make a soft cover for a book or on other bookbinding and craft projects. Suitable for beginners.

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What is the course about?

This course begins with image and artwork development in Adobe Illustrator. You will create a cover design that can be laser cut or etched in leather. Designs can come from a wide range of resources such as your own images or photographs. 2 small samples will be created as developmental work befor finalising your book cover. You will learn how to create a flexible 'Longstitch' notebook from folded paper, using pamphlet stitch and your leather.

What will we cover?

- Introduction to using Illustrator: exploring basic drawing and selection tools, importing and tracing images.
- Introduction to the digital facilities
- Design and laser-cut leather to use as a cover for a book
- Use a template to design a book cover
- Create an A5 longstitch binding.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Use Illustrator to create a simple vector file suitable for laser cutting or etching.
- Make and evaluate 2 laser cut samples and understand how to etch or cut using leather.
- Design a piece of laser-cut leather to use as a cover for a flexible, long stitch binding.
- Apply laser-cutting technology to small bookbinding and personal project ideas.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginner’s course, no previous experience of laser cutting needed. Some experience of using Photoshop or Illustrator is desirable but not necessary. The basics will be taught.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught by demonstration, individual and group tuition. The course is structured to manage the work within the class but some preparation work carried out between classes may be helpful.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

• A USB stick to take away any files you make.
• A notebook, pen and visual references for inspiration such as drawings, photographs, images from magazines etc.
• Leather will be supplied, however students may wish to bring their own small samples of leather for experiments after discussion with the tutor after the first session. Please note: Leather must be vegetable tanned.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.

Browse our current offer for complemtary courses.

Tutor Biographies
Kirsty Kirkpatrick

Kirsty Kirkpatrick is a designer-maker whose innovative, pattern-based designs have appeared at Berlin Fashion Week, The British Council, Tate Modern and Royal Academy of Arts. Her work puts social responsibility and ethical thinking at its heart, and has featured in, amongst others, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Observer. Kirsty studied Constructed Textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art & Design, Dundee, and is an alum of Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. She has spoken at the London Design Festival and internationally for WGSN on design development trends and insight for the fashion and interiors industry. Kirsty merges the old with new, specialising in process; applying digital and new technologies with traditional hand making. She teaches textile design using Photoshop and Illustrator and, laser cutting. Her experience of teaching adults is wide ranging from lecturing to delivering workshops, and she has a passion for using her expertise to help others develop their skills, achieve their potential and transform their lives. Her approach is highly supportive, collaborative and hands on. Expect to experiment...and to have fun.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VW114

Tue-Wed, eve, 20 Apr - 21 Apr '21

Duration: 2 sessions

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £63.00
Concession: £48.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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