The year before it officially was....
Momentus occasions really give us the opportunity to look back in time. Our 3rd birthday is just around the corner, when looking at some pictures waaaaay back at the start of our instagram we realised we started teaching leatherworking a full 12 months before we bought Hammered Leatherworks out of the closet. So really its our 4th birthday! YAY
We had so much awesome support from Leah Dent and Angela Mitchell from Studio Bomba who organised, promoted and invited us into their super welcoming space. We have seen so many light bulb moments and big smiley faces that inspired us to make our leather DIY kits for creative souls all over the world. The days of bang bang banging on coffee tables steered our focus firmly on our everything is in the box kits. This way we get to teach more people even though we dont get to see the lightbulb faces as much in person we do get to see proud hands and finished leathergoods though our #hammeredleatherworks on instagram.
We have so many awesome supporters over the years, those that follow us to support what we are doing, those that love craft, those that wanted to learn new skills, peeps that want to give a kit as a gift and those who have told every single friend about Hammered Leatherworks because they want one as a gift! Our little workshop in Perth is now reaching hands as far away as New York, London, Malaysia, Slovenia, Austin, Mexico, Canada and France we are so proud of all the people of the world for opening their hearts and minds to the wonderous smile and self satisfaction that comes with creating something responsibly and ethically that will last a life-time. With out "u" there is no us!
So have a think back to your first encounter with Hammered Leatherworks and tell us about it in the comments below. You will feel all warm and fuzzy!
We have a stack of awesomeness here that will go out chosen at random. Comments will close Monday 12th June.
With the release of our most recent collaboration with Etch by design Melbourne we thought it would be a great opportunity to get up close and personal with the wrist watch kit and what makes them so damn awesome.
So what actually comes in the box?
Everything you need is in the box apart from a pair of everyday scissors used for trimming.
Our leather watch bands are 20mm wide and designed in 3 parts;
The face and buckle
Included is the classic 42mm matte black and white face complete with quality japanese movement. All you need to do to swing it into action is remove the plastic clip holding the crown out from the watch and peel back the protective plastic from the front glass and stainless steel back. The face is completmented with a beautiful matte black buckle to suit the 20mm wide leather band.
All the small things
Every kit contains 2 colours of thread one matching the other is a burst of personality and colour. Good equipment is important we include a high quality John James saddlers needle to help you master the 1 needle method of saddle stitch, we also include a link to the below video tutorial for your one on one at home workshop. Seeing is totally believing!
WHY WHY WHY? This is a question we get all the time.
Why should I make my own? Because you will learn something new and it is going to feel soooooo damn good when your done. Take a break and instead of having a kitkat for the hips put a few stitches on your wrist!
Is it wrong to give a gift that needs work put in? No way! giving a DIY kit as a gift is 2 fold. It shows that some serious thought has gone into who you love and what they like, you are telling them you believe in them and what they are capable of.
What if I stuff it up? You can not beat leathergoods that are handsitched no matter what skill level the maker is at. We make it easy with top notch threads, needles and leather along with our video instructions will have any novice stitching like a pro.
My passion throughout my days of study and years of practice has always been finding the ‘gap’ within the expected norms of the industry, and bridging the space with multidisciplinary work. I couldn’t find the leather I needed for a project - no problem - lets print something custom on a material I had never used before! Im pretty adventurous like that - jump first.
Why not?! It intrigued me and was at that stage (mid 2015) not as mainstream in decoration and with designers as it is today. Leather has always been a material I have gravitated towards in my interior design practice - the patina, texture and depth of colour - bringing a beautiful layering to contemporary interiors.
Having experimented on a smaller scale with custom-printed leather cushions for soft furnishing projects I really wanted to push the scale further and with a background in textile and wallpaper I began to explore the possibility of printing large-scale leather wallpaper drops for an exhibition I had been invited to contribute to. Being comfortable and familiar with specifying finishes and materials within the industry of interior design, the process of designing, sourcing leather and finding a locally based company which could custom print my bespoke designs was an adventure! 'NO Richelle leather does not come in 53cm x 10m drops!? Who would have thought said the girl who grew up on a farm!’ Wow had I lost touch with my red-dirt and wheat field childhood…
Whats the story behind the Wanderers collection?
‘Wanderers’ is inspired by the elusive colours and the endless summers of my childhood, and memories of that time. The passing of time and recording moments of joy underpinned this collection. Initially designed as part of an exhibition ‘Still Life - Extraordinary, Everyday’ the exhibition revealed and explored the extraordinary, everyday of domestic space.
On a scale of burnt toast to hell yeah how excited are you about this?
Hell yeah - bring on the champagne! (and of course absinthe for a sneaky ‘death in the afternoon’) if only I could wear 2 watches at once?! This collaboration is something super special - limited number and re-imagining the space between textile/interior design and accessories - to be able to wear a custom piece of print - crafted by your own hand is super special indeed. It has been a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with Hammered Leatherworks and look forward to future collabs between Victoria and Western Australia.
What is collaboration? How does it work? Come down the rabbit hole of collaboration with us and all the inspiring wonderment it can bring.
So in essence everytime you break open a Hammered Leatherworks kit to make your own mark we are collaborating.
So what is collaboration?
We had to ask ourselves exactly this question! You see different people, groups and buisnesses bring different things to the table. So to work out if this collaboration is for us we had to ask ourselves a few questions.
How does it work?
There is no hard and fast rules for a collaboration every situation is different we knew a few things though. We craved equal participation, investment and excitement.
So who are we collaborating with?
Richelle Doney from Etch by design. We wont get into too many specifics as there is an interview coming with her next week. We met Richelle at The Big Design Market the end of last year and she asked some questions that totally pricked up our ears. She is a graphic and interior designer for herself and marketing director for family business Head Heart & Tales Distilling Co.. I remember saying to Mr Hammered "Oh did she just say distillery no way thats cool!" shes a Perthie who moved to Melbourne in 2009.
So what will the product be?
The product is our best selling watches, combining our classic design with Richelle's custom printed leathers. There will be 2 to choose from blue aztec and orange croc from the Wanderers range. Drool worthy sneak peek below! They will be coming as a kit for your stitching pleasure each one unique as the pattern placement will change on every band. Limited to 22 watches in each colour you will need to be fast to secure yours. Are we tickling your fancy? I sure hope so! You can pre-order yours now to ensure you dont miss out.
Mums love surprises as much as we might say we hate them those unexpected kisses, hugs and fleeting conversations are the best thing since sliced bread. So here's 3 ways to surprise mum and make smiley memories this Mothers Day.
Heres a easy selection from our pinterest board! CHECK OUT OUR PINTEREST BOARD HERE
Make a Card - We all made them in our school years! MUMS love handdrawn, cut, stitched and folded cards because you have taken the time to make something just for her. Here are some of our favourite pinned DIY cards. They wont take you long or cost you much but we bet mum will tuck them away in a safe sport for a very long time.
Flowers - Are always a stand out for mothers day but why not give her some that will last beyond Mothers Day? But how? I hear you say. Why not give a plant instead and make it super special with a painted pot. A $1 terracotta pot from Bunnings can open up so many opportunities so heres some great inspiration building designs for you. Break out your hot glue guns and craft room paints and make it awesome!
Me time = MUM time - Dont have time to go the craft store or the nursery? Add a few ingredients into your shopping trolley and you could have some super luxe handmade bath products perfect for mum.
Mothers Day gifts are not ment to cost the earth,
they are however ment to be full of heart!
So pick a project dont let anything hold you back and get to making, you might enjoy it more than you expect!
Lots of love Bec xoxo
Mum, wife, DIYer and Hammered Leatherworks Owner.
Let get personal about making it personal!
Since When? Originating back in 350BC a monogram was a motif made by overlapping or combining two or more letters or other graphemes to form one symbol. Monograms are often made by combining the initials of an individual or a company, used as recognizable symbols or logos.
In todays day and age the monogram has been simplified and instead of overlapping and creating a graphic it is simply your initals with or without punctuation.
Why use it? A monogram is a classic and personal touch traditionally used on items of importance or significance. Just like a royal seal it denotes importance and implies sophistication, as having something personalised incurs extra expense and is always worth the wait.
When? If your giving a gift and you want to show that person just how important they are to you then this is that extra step. It could be for any occasion birthday, fathers day, mothers day, congratulations for retirement or landing the dream job. Monograms are on goods carried by important people, so if you want that special someone to feel they are at the top of your list then monogrammed goods are the way to do it.
Now more than ever it's easy to add a monogram to any Hammered Leatherworks goods. You simply select-->
Yes please and type the initials and WHIZ BANG POP a custom piece will be on its way to you.
Adam and Bec Fogarty
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