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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.

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Method
Scuola del Cuoio summer course is part of SCHOLA, a network of bespoke makers in Florence.

The program aims to empower students to pursue their ambition of becoming handbag craftsmen by developing both their skills and vision.

The course is for individuals seeking to develop their practice and skills in the heart of Made in Italy.

Given the nature of the discipline, the course will rely on skilled practitioners as the key facilitators of learning.

Instructors are craftsmen who will have a common focus in seeking to develop the skills of students as proactive and reflective independent learners.

The projects of each student will be the common thread of the course and will lead the students to acquire the skills and the knowledge to put their ideas into practice.

Some workshop activities will require students to work in groups, also from other courses, in scenarios that will involve multiple cultures and nationalities.

Sustainability and ethical approach are the main topics; we want to train not only makers but “change makers”, people that can use their craft to change the world for better.

Our purpose is to build a vast network of contemporary and independent-thinking makers who are able to change the world with their hands, by developing a conscious relationship between intelligence of the hands and contemporary culture, along with the importance of environmental and social sustainability. Our goal is to become a worldwide hub for craftsmanship training.

Learning outcomes
After having completed the sustainable leather experience students:
1.

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.

2.

Will acquire a basic theoretical and practical knowledge about tools, materials, workmanships, constructions.

3.

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.

4.

Will gain a clearer sense of what their skills, abilities and talents are, and how to apply them in their work.

5.

Will take a first step to enter the accessory industry, with a clear focus on present and future goals of sustainability and circularity.

Informations and requirements
Attendance and schedule

Attendance is mandatory. Classes and workshops are held from Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 13.30 (10 AM to 1.30 PM) and an afternoon session from 14.00 to 17.30 (4 PM to 5.30 PM). The 4 weeks long program is composed by a total of 35 hours per week and a gran total of 140 hours for the entire program.

Number of participants

Enrollment is limited to 15 students. There are no prerequisites. Personal motivation and vision will be the main aspects that will be taken into consideration and evaluated in order to be accepted into this program.

How to enroll

Each applicant will be interviewed by the school’s staff in order to verify language skills and to find out what the student’s motivations are. To start the enrollment process and receive the list of documents needed, please fill out the contact form.

Academic Requirements

High school diploma; a high-intermediate level of English or Italian language sufficient to understand and to participate to lessons (corresponding to level TOEFL 450); 18 years of age at the time of application. Courses will be held in English.

Calendar

Course will start on July 5th and will end on July 30th, 2021.

what you need to know

A pre-enrollment is necessary with a deposit of 1200€ at the moment of the signing up. The deposit will be refunded if the application is not accepted. After enrollment is accepted, the deposit will not be refunded in case the student decides not to attend.

Total price of the course is 3000€ (including pre-enrollment). All class works, lessons, use of laboratories, materials, taxes and insurance are included.

Not included: accommodation and meals, airfare, airport transfer and meals.

An early bird discount of 10% is available until April 30th, 2021.

Lesson Plan

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.

  • Presentation of the course outline, projects and timeline.
  • Introduction to the concept of sustainability and presentation of different kinds of sustainable materials.
  • Presentation of tools, materials and techniques that will be used during the course.
  • Development of a couple of basic items where students will put into practice the skills they just learned and will be introduced to different kinds of softness, stiffness and flexibility of leather and how to treat backings and reinforcements. 
  • Patch-working: students will learn how to prepare patchwork panels with different techniques of overlapping and stitching the pieces of leather.

WEEK TWO: Model 1 – Patchwork Document Case 

  • Review of the prepared patterns: explaining what paper patterns are and how to use them.
  • Materials: choosing the cuts of leather to be used, the patchwork pattern and all supplementary materials required for the construction of the item.
  • Preparation: cutting, skiving, splitting or reinforcing of the leather and other supplementary materials.
  • Assembly: students will sew the patchwork panels, assemble them into the final item and proceed with the installation of hardware and accessories.
  • Finishing and checks: review and evaluation of the final product and the whole manufacturing process.

WEEK THREE: Model 2 – Vanity Case

  • Review of the prepared patterns: explaining what paper patterns are and how to use them.
  • Materials: choosing the leather and all the supplementary materials required for construction of the item.
  • Preparation: cutting, skiving, splitting or reinforcing of the leather and other supplementary materials.
  • Assembly: students will prepare all individual pieces, assemble them into the final item, and proceed with the installation of hardware and accessories.
  • Finishing and checks: review and evaluation of the final product and the whole manufacturing process.

WEEK FOUR: Model 3 – Shopper  

  • Review of the prepared patterns: explaining what paper patterns are and how to use them.
  • Materials: choosing the leather and all the supplementary materials required for construction of the item.
  • Preparation: cutting, skiving, splitting or reinforcing of the leather and other supplementary materials.
  • Assembly: students will prepare all individual pieces, assemble them into the final bag, and proceed with the installation of hardware and accessories.
  • Finishing and checks: review and evaluation of the final product and the whole manufacturing process.
contacts
TELEPHONE

10:00-13:00 AM / 14:00-18:00 PM (CET)

+[39] 3801811327

Ref: Andrea

EMAIL

info@schola.academy

LOCATION

Florence (Italy)

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