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Leather & Feathers with Ian Bennett
April 18 - April 19
Have you ever wanted to make a dramatic leather piece? To turn heads with sleek lines and dramatic plumes? The aim of the course is to make you familiar with leather and enjoy how it moves and to get the most from this durable, versatile material.
I will show you how to block a shape using foundation base materials, prepare your base and then then cover with leather. These foundation materials will then go on to form the hat, and can either be pulled over a pre made styrofoam block (that you can make on the earlier course) or a wooden block. (Students will need to provide this).
Once these base Materials have been blocked I will then show you the process of how to block and shape leather as a covering. This can be flat skin or overlaid pieces. The leather must be a soft kid or Lamb, a gloving leather weight is ideal. The leather will then cover each side of the shape – this can be like mine or it can be a small shape a head-piece , small baby beret, teardrop or heart-shape or a simple crown and brim.
Once all blocking is completed and the shapes have been covered they will be put together in the same way a conventional hat would be. This will form the completed shape.
Students must present an illustration of their intended block design at the start of the course to ensure that the chance of making the block out of styrofoam and painting it before blocking is realistic and achieveable.
I love FEATHERS! they can be simple, bold, clean or even fluffy. Here using everyday millinery equipment, I will show you how to take already dyed feathers, cut them, curl and shape them to create a beautiful large dramatic statement mount.
For this class we will be taking my image as the inspiration, using baby ostrich feathers (ostrich 15-30cm) or cut down ostrich Spadones or blondines. Each feather will be steamed, cut and shaped, curled and wired to create a bold eye catching mount. This will be fastened onto the leather hat to create a stunning finished piece.