Working with leather: decorative techniques

Course Dates: 24/01/19 - 14/02/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Ina Baumeister

A four day introduction into traditional and contemporary leather decorating techniques. Are you working with leather in the context of bookbinding, fashion, textiles, fine art or jewellery? This course will broaden your expertise.

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Working with leather: decorative techniques


What is the course about?

This four day masterclass you will give you an overview and practical introduction to traditional and contemporary leather decoration techniques, such as onlay, inlay, cold gilding, textures, deboss and sculpting. Visual examples of the techniques will be available in the studio. Depending on the technique, these can be employed to embellish a huge variety of leather goods, such as leather bindings, panels, for example for bags and clothing, sculptural pieces and jewellery.
For those who have attended the leather masterclass in August this course will provide you with time to practice what you have learnt and offer you use of the specialist equipment here at Citylit.
Each of the techniques will be introduced to you through visual examination and practical demonstration. We will look at the tools involved, such as scalpel, metal- and bone folders, paring knives, razor plane and their safe use, as well as more complex leather paring machines like the Scharf-Fix and the Brockman.
You will be given the opportunity to start exploring the taught techniques by creating a range of sample pieces for future reference.
Hand-outs with additional information on suppliers, techniques and directives for further exploration will be given during the course.

What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:

"Having the chance to see and practice different techniques. Seeing everybody's end results - lots of lovely ideas."


What will we cover?

- Leather: a brief introduction
- Leather working tools and their safe use
- Adhesives and their properties
- Textures and lines
- Debossing
- Edge paring
- Onlay
- Inlay
- Cold gilding
- Sculpting
Which techniques you will explore will depend on skill level and personal preference.

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

- Distinguish a variety of leather decorating techniques
- Identify and use safely a variety of leather working tools
- Mix and use adhesives appropriately to suit a chosen application
- Start creating your own designs in leather.

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

The course is intermediate level. Some experience in working with leather and small hand tools is recommended.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

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

You will be taught by practical demonstration, Group and individual tuition, hands-on practise and accompanying hand-outs. There will be no homework but independent practise between lessons can improve your skills. You might want to work on developing your designs on paper during the week. You will be advised on this during class.

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

You will need to bring an apron, some brushes, pencils and a note/sketchbook, detailed information will be sent to you before the start of the course. If you already have your own set of small hand tools and paring knives bring them with you. Leather for four pieces of work will be provided. Should you wish to work in different colours or on a larger scale you will have to buy additional supplies, some of which will be available at Citylit. Small pieces of bookbinding leather will come in handy and you are advised to bring some with you.

Small pieces of bookbinding leather will come in handy and you are advised to bring some with you.

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

City Lit runs a wide range of bookbinding classes. Your tutor will be able to advise you about progression routes during this course. General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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A fantastic course into the techniques of leather decoration. The three days is packed with different techniques and methods and gives you huge amounts of knowledge to go away and practice. Ina is a fantastic teacher and really enthusiastic about her craft, which definitely makes for a happy class.
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Review by The Book Hutter / (Posted on 20/04/2015)
Excellent and enjoyable course - very informative.
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Review by MrsH / (Posted on 17/04/2015)

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Course Code: VD251

Thu, day, 24 Jan - 14 Feb '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £121.00

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