During our 2.5 to 3 hour workshop you will be introduced to the craft of working with leather and will be guided through the process of making one of a range of original, zero waste leather designs from a single piece of A4 leather. You will have the choice of making either : - An Origami Style Bi Fold Wallet & Card Holder - A Fold Over Passport Holder & Card Case - A Long Travel Wallet We'll start by taking a look at the designs and selecting the leather you would like to work with - In the workshop we have a wide variety of leather colors and textures to choose from and all the 'new' leather we use is sustainably sourced from pre-consumer surplus stock and from a local supplier, whose warehouse used to be in central Porto. With your chosen leather and design ready, you'll be guided through the construction. Step by step we'll be cutting folding, using hand tools, as well as stitching on the leather sewing machine, ensuring you understand the processes and techniques involved. You will also have the opportunity to add your own gold or silver finishing touches by applying a hand embossed design of your own choice, or you can choose from some pre-prepared designs. By the end of the session, you will be taking away some new skills as well as your very own handmade item using high quality upcycled leather to use and enjoy. Join us for this unique experience in Porto!
Hi. I'm a leather worker and designer for 15 years. I trained in England and honed my skills with some of the finest bespoke shoemakers in London before going off to work in the leather and footwear industry around the world. That is how I discovered and fell in love with Porto! Setting up the studio-workshop in 2016, I began to experiment on a new circular and sustainable design project using the surplus leather I had collected. I created a collection of minimal-waste purse and wallet designs; all upcycled from single pieces of surplus A4 leather. Curious? you can check them out at #OMMPleathergoods Above all, I love sharing my materials, knowledge and insights into design and leather goods. And in a short time, I can show that you too can create your own Handmade, Eco, 'Made in Porto' souvenir to cherish and use for many years :-)
We'll take a short pause halfway through the workshop for some Sweet & Savory Portuguese snacks.
Everything you will need is included. Leather, tools and equipment.
This workshop takes place in our spacious and light filled ground floor studio, near to Quinta do Covelo park. A 25 minute walk up the hill from downtown, or a short metro ride to Marques or Combatentes on yellow line (D) The studio is a 5 minute walk from either station. In this traditional neighborhood of Porto there are plenty of cafes, small shops and local restaurants to discover and the woodland park to visit while you're in the area.
Please don't forget your reading glasses if you usually use them.
This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous experience of working with leather. All ages from 16 and up are welcome. 16-18 year old participants must be accompanied by an adult. Workshop length may vary slightly according to number of guests - 2.5 hours on average.
UP-CYCLE & CREATE leather goods in PORTO