Sustainable Leather Experience
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Sustainable Leather Experience
Sustainable Leather Experience by Scuola del Cuoio gives the opportunity to go through the full process of bag making in an intensive short time and from a new sustainable point of view.
Starting from the concepts of sustainable fashion and circular economy, students will be introduced to several kinds of sustainable materials that are available for the handbag production.
They will be provided with basic skills and techniques needed for the creation of a bag, always using cuts and recovered waste of leather for their projects.
All leather will be provided by AS.P.R.I., a Tuscan association created with the aim of recovering waste and redundancies from the leather accessories manufacturing process and reintroducing them into the economic and social circuit.
The program is conducted in a historic leather-working laboratory under the supervision of professional artisan instructors.
The course is based on a hands-on, practical, old-master approach to learning the artisanal craft of making handbags.
Instructors are all professionals in the field and will impart both their theoretical and practical abilities as well as their experience as handbag artisans.
The program is a fully immersive and highly structured 4-week course, centered on the completion of three pre-elected models.
All items will be manufactured in sustainable leather; one of the models will be realized by using the techniques of patch-working, which will allow students to use also very small cuts and waste.
The course will be held in July 5th-30th.
Scuola del Cuoio was founded in 1949 through the collaborative efforts of the Franciscan Friars of the Monastery of Santa Croce and the Gori and Casini families, Florentine leather artisans since the 1930’s. Today Scuola del Cuoio is the leading academy in Italy for bag making and leather working. More than 2000 students from over 40 countries have attended its long-term programs. From 2020, the programs merged into a larger training experience in the realm of Arts & Crafts, a project that has developed into a comprehensive academy for modern artisans: SCHOLA.
Will develop a deeper understanding of the importance of sustainability by learning how to source and use sustainable materials, in order to create future products with less impact on our environment.
Will acquire a basic theoretical and practical knowledge about tools, materials, workmanships, constructions.
Will learn how to manufacture and design several kinds of leather accessories, being able to use also small cuts and waste in an artisanal, modern and sustainable overall vision.
Will gain a clearer sense of what their skills, abilities and talents are, and how to apply them in their work.
This is an intensive 4-week program which combines lectures and demonstrations with practical and independent work, followed by evaluations and critiques during the workshop.
Students should be motivated, focused and prepared to dedicate study and work over and above classroom times.
The first week is an introduction to sustainable materials in general, the ones that will be used during the course and the correct use of tools and techniques that are required for the completion of the final projects. The second, third and fourth week will be focused on the manufacturing of three leather accessories: a patchwork document case, a vanity case and a shopper.
Instructors are all professionals in the field, who will impart both their theoretical and practical abilities as well as their real-world experience as handbag makers.
During the process of project preparation and completion, the instructors will always be there to ensure workshop safety as well as answer questions and provide input and assistance with student work.
WEEK ONE: Tools, Materials, and basic forms.
WEEK TWO: Model 1 – Patchwork Document Case
WEEK THREE: Model 2 – Vanity Case
WEEK FOUR: Model 3 – Shopper