Fur and leather sewing – where do I even start?

Fur and leather.

I was recently passed down some items of sentimental value. There’s some kind of strange stuff; teeth, tusks, furs, leather tooling equipment, scrimshaw equipment… shells… hammers… photos….

Already sounds like an amazing contemporary art piece, or like something you’d find on Regretsy.

I look at this pile of stuff, and it’s strange. On one hand, they’re items totally outside of any medium I work in. On the other hand, they’re items totally outside of any medium I work in. There’s a feeling, something like a mixture of apprehension and excitement. Apprehension because I don’t know where to start, and will be sad if it screws up. Excitement because I could make something amazing.

So I’ve been researching fur and leather.

I am started with Pinterest, as a matter of fact. After scrolling through faux fur tutorial #2245, I decided to have a look at Youtube instead. There’s a couple of interesting videos available;

Fur sewing with Joelene

Sewing with Fur

Which I watched to get an idea about what I could be doing. I also watched this one, because I like to repair couches sometimes.

Repairing a leather couch tutorial

Repairing a leather couch tutorial

Hand sewing leather

Then I got to use it the other day, to repair a phone case!

Skilled from fur and leather tuts - my stitches are the purple ones

Skilled from fur and leather tuts – my stitches are the purple ones

So there you go. Two skills learned from uploaded videos this year, which have been applied to real life.

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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