WHEN? Wednesday 25th September // 6pm – 9:30pm
WHERE? The Black Swan Arts Centre, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, BA11 1BB
TICKETS: £60/£55 (Market Makers)
Learn how to make your very own bespoke leather belt using traditional skills under the guidance of Frome leather worker Liz Huband of Badger House Leather. Liz will help you to style your own belt using high quality vegetable tanned leather. You’ll be shown how to hand cut the leather straps, bevel the belt edges, burnish and seal edges, apply a breathable wax finish and attach a buckle or fixing of your choice.
Supper is provided by the Black Swan Cafe team and is included in the ticket price, along with all materials.
PLEASE CLICK HERE to email us and book your space! Let us know if you’re a Market Maker or if you have any special dietary requirements.
ABOUT BADGER HOUSE LEATHER…
“My passion for leather began with having a small-holding on the edge of an industrial area on the Essex / Suffolk border – not your average ‘good life’ setting . But, in a relatively small area, we grew our own food and reared animals.
I became increasingly conscious of the energy that is required to produce food, and more interested in where our food and everyday materials come from. It fundamentally changed my perspective – hopefully for the better.
I particularly hated the thought that any part of an animal slaughtered for food might simply be wasted. I began to experiment with my own sheepskins by attempting the gruelling task of alum tanning (using salt and a lot of elbow grease). My idea was to preserve the skins for use as rugs or basic garments. Unfortunately I had limited success! However, it gave me an appreciation of the skills required to turn otherwise wasted materials into usable products. Here was where I began to learn the traditional skills required to create beautiful, responsible, functional items made for the demands of modern life without ever compromising on quality.
Over time and with much encouragement and support from friends and family – I have been able to turn my passion for creating, into a business. Everyday I am inspired by my natural surroundings of Somerset’s amazing countryside, and with my dog, I spend many an hour scribbling down design ideas whilst listening to the birds sing in the trees! I hope my inspiration comes through in the natural tones and intrinsic quality of the materials I choose to use to create my unique pieces”