Have had a great time learning to make espadrilles in a great workshop in Athens Askardamykti. Thanks so much to Γιώργος, Γιώργος, Δέσποινα & Νάγια.
The sole is made using jute woven onto a braid or plait by a small business in Athens.
The top of the espadrille was designed and screen printed in the Milos Crafts Design Studio using strictly ecological inks and methods. The butterfly design is based on studies of the beautiful butterfly – Papilio Machaon – commonly found on the Cyclades.
Taking my little house with me on new adventures! Oh the places we will go! First stops Piraeus and Athens.
Traveling essentials for a 7 hour boat journey…..water + freddo cappuccino + sketch book + Sakura Pigment Pens + my white leather Island House Bag.
Luxurious Artist brush roll.
I love the idea of having a hardy but luxurious roll for my brushes and I’ve made it big enough so my drawing pencils and a few pens fit in too. The roll is fully lined with designated space for fan brushes….. I hate to bend their precious little heads! The leather is gorgeous and is sourced from 3rd generation tanners in Athens and I believe it to be very hardy. To prove it I’m going to have to take it for a few test runs!!!
I’m delighted that I’ve made one of the best artist brush rolls that I have ever seen!
I’m so…so proud to be able to use such wonderful Greek leather for my designs.
Screen printing leather is really, really tricky ….. really, really nerve-wracking…. and really, really messy. My studio looks like a smurf massacre….blue blood spatters all over the floor lol!!!
It’s nerve-wracking because, well, it’s best not to make mistakes on a substrate that can cost 100 euro….but so far so good… now I just have to get some sleep.
Yes….London has everything ….. but it’s always nice to search for hidden treasure! Wandering around these places is so inspirational!
Learning how to professionally work with leather in London at Prescott and Mackay. I have used leather in bag construction before but was never quite satisfied at the results…no more excuses now!