our craftmakers . pewter . leather . prints
Geoff Davis . leatherwork
Leatherwork has been a passion of mine for the past 30 years. Spending many hours working with this natural product is deeply satisfying.
I take great pleasure in producing fine leather belts from the highest quality materials available.
A big shift occurred in my leather crafting in 1998 when I was asked to repair a plaited leather belt bought approximately 25 years earlier in South America. It was impossible to repair the belt due to it's unique method of construction and fragility. I then set about reproducing the same belt and, over a period of about six weeks, finally worked out the intricate method of crafting this particular leather item and have persevered since that time in perfecting it.
Gaspar del Rey . leathercraft
Leather is a noble material which becomes more beautiful with use. I enjoy handcrafting this material with its many individual characteristics and versatility.
Leather can be wet-moulded, carved, braided knotted, painted, stamped etc. I use various leathers and suedes. Kangaroo leather is especially valued for its strength and lightness. This makes it ideal for the thonging which I hand cut and use in most of my designs.
Although coming from Spain, where leather design has a long tradition, I began developing my skills in Sydney over 12 years ago. During this time I have attended classes and workshops in both countries as well as consulting many books and journals. Australia has developed a world reputation for braided and knotted leather because of the qualities of kangaroo leather and the outback way of life.
Gwen Gibb . pewter
Several years ago a saw a demonstration of pewter work and was so enthralled with what I saw, that I joined the class there and then and have been captivated ever since.
My current work with pewter is mainly repousse, chasing and embossing; all time consuming and totally absorbing, yet very satisfying.
I studied overseas for five years; pewter, copper, leather and painting. In Australia I have studied enamelling and porcelain painting.
Pam & Yngvar Stroem Hansen . woodblock prints
In 1991, I discovered the fascinating medium of wood engraving, a relief printmaking technique, where the image is engraved on to the end grain of, usually, English Boxwood, using fine steel pointed tools called gravers and scorpers.
The block is then inked up using a roller, and the image is then transferred on to paper by putting it through the printing press.
My prints are limited edition and numbered. Pam Stroem Hansen, handcolours my prints.