Summer Course in Italian leather Design
Start date: July 2014
Duration: 4 weeks
Course Description: Covers fundamental elements of leather design and color while developing an understanding of the various processes involved in the production of handcrafted leather goods. Under the guidance of a master craftsman, students learn about the development of the art and application of traditional techniques. Students will complete at least one complete piece as their final project.
Admission requirements: Introductory courses are intended for students at all levels of experience, including absolute beginners. No specific skills are required. Applicants should also show curiosity, passion and motivation.
Topics covered: Leather creation, tanning techniques, different types and functions of leather, leather accessories, textile patterns for accessories, free-hand drawing, illustration and drawing techniques for leather accessories, use of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop in the design process, historical overview of leather traditions in Florence, preparation and production of patterns, pattern cutting and leather stitching techniques.