We are pleased to welcome to the gallery a new artist who works in leather. Gillian will be launching her work in our pop-up gallery during the Wigtown Book Festival, which is very appropriate as she will be offering book bags and leather bound filofaxes.
Here is a bit of information about Gillian and her work…
In a Bind
I always have a sketchbook on the go, not for masterpieces, but to capture ideas and designs. I’m always looking for a book with a lovely cover, but disappointed when the pages are full and the book goes into a drawer. I came up with a solution a loose leaf book with a leather cover which I can fill and refill with fresh paper over and over again. I can also choose what paper to put in my book – whether sketchbook paper, lined paper or just something lovely that’s caught my eye. My books are a standard A4, A5 or A6 standard size. The A4 and A5 books will also take a standard sized refill for when you replace your paper.
As I’m an avid collector of handbags I thought I’d start making my own. My husband bought me a second hand vintage industrial sewing machine for my birthday – it’s a 1920’s machine converted from treadle to an electric motor. According to the lady who sold it to us it came from a Rolls Royce factory and was used as an upholstery finishing machine. It’s lovely, simple to use and will sew through practically anything – leather, demin, and fingers!!