Putting on a show: London Craft Week

Putting on a show: landmark leatherwork for London Craft Week

We’re very excited to announce that Bill Amberg and the Leathersellers’ Company have joined forces to present a landmark new exhibition for London Craft Week – the first of its kind for 50 years.

On 4–6 May, 14 of Britain’s finest independent artisans working in leather will gather in the City of London’s Leathersellers’ Hall on St Helen’s Place for a showcase of one of Britain’s oldest surviving craft traditions. Bill has hand-picked a unique selection of the most talented saddlers, sculptors, bag makers, bookbinders, cordwainers and clothiers  for an eye-opening show exploring the techniques and applications that inform the modern leatherworker’s practice.

This unique showcase seeks to expand understanding of an often-overlooked craft, underline its significance as a Great British tradition, and offer a fascinating vision of the functional and aesthetic possibilities of leather as a modern-day material. Through displays, live demonstrations and workshops, the exhibition will shed light on how techniques dating back centuries influence contemporary products and interiors, revealing how even the simplest everyday objects can be the result of unfathomably complex and time-consuming hand-making processes.

Furthermore, the show presents a great opportunity to get a look inside the new Leatherseller’s Hall, designed by the wonderful architect Eric Parry. Never usually open to the public, the livery hall is the seventh in the company’s six-century history, and was completed in summer 2016. (We were privileged to create the architectural leatherwork for its interiors.)

The exhibition is supported by the Leathersellers’ partner livery companies (Cordwainers, Curriers, Coachmakers, Girdlers, Glovers, Stationers and Saddlers), and is open to the public from 10am to 6pm each day. Please do come along!
On Thursday 4 May, Valerie Michael of McGregor & Michael is presenting two hands-on workshops on hand-stitching: an 11am session for beginners (get tickets here), and a 2pm masterclass in more advanced techniques, including butt and box stitching (book a place here).


On Sunday 6 May, luxury glover Riina O is sharing her knowledge with an introductory glove-making workshop where 


participants can hand stitch their own experimental two-finger fashion glove to take home (tickets available here).


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