I am the proud owner of a big old embossing machine which was shipped from England and am currently waiting for brass type which is being hand engraved in England so it’s taking a while. (yes…I know…really..HAND ENGRAVED!) The type will be used for personalisation, either gold or silver foiled, or embossed…. but more on that later.
Today I made embossed key rings using beautiful thick chunks of 2.2mm or 5.5 oz vegetable tanned leather.
“Veg tanned” leather is a gorgeous natural material that is wonderful to work with. It’s chrome free, so is more environmentally friendly and only gets better with age.
The leather I use in the studio is tanned in Athens using various ingredients such as bark, acorns, leaves and roots gathered in the deep, dark forests in northern Greece.
I’m just mentioning the wild life as I think gathering natural materials from such forests could be adventurous!
Finally, I’ve been embossing beautifully supple suede, sourced in Greece, with kitty cat paws to use for different sized pouches and ruc sacs…
the design is totally inspired by our island cats!….
…..just don’t leave your wine whatever you do!!!!
The golden tan and turquoise suede are gorgeous together.
I am also working on various ways to personalise my products
and for the fringe bag I thought a matching keyring would go well.
This suede is lovely, soft and really heavy. Its sourced in Greece from third generation tanners and will make beautiful fringe bags.
I’ve been busy with new designs that will be embossed onto leather for new bags and wanted to share.
The design is based on acroterion, a decorative element on classical Greek architecture. It is a design feature that can still be seen on the beautiful neoclassical buildings in Athens and throughout Greece.
Wishing everyone an amazingly creative and fabulously successful 2015.
Sending love from Milos.
I confess to talking with the story-sprites..a few spirits..and a variety of small, strange creatures! I can’t avoid them anymore..trip over a stone and you’ll find one! I’m proud and honoured to give them form and a voice!!!
Thank you Philip Pullman for your inspiration and your Grimm Tales, and to the wonderful Cycladic Museum, without whom these Tales could never “be”!!!
Finally! …. these first prints are traveling to the USA where they will watch over their new friends.
The characters from the tales, in their many and varied forms, are getting very excited, as their online shop is almost ready…..I’ve even seen some of them preening in front of a mirror!!! Let’s hope they are ready in time.