Expand the design possibilities of wood by transforming it into fabric. This unique, multi-faceted course explores techniques of combining wood with leather and other textiles in order to create unique fashion accessories. Students design in three dimensions through rapid prototyping exercises while learning basic woodworking and leather-working skills. After design experiments and technique practice samples, students create a final, one-of-a-kind piece.
Media & Techniques:
We combine hand tools and machines for both woodworking and leather-working. The course begins with prototyping in inexpensive materials like paper and poster board, and then focuses on combining veneer and leather through hand cutting, hand stitching and machine stitching.
Through daily demonstrations and quick design prototypes we cover woodworking basics like cutting veneer, making templates using the bandsaw and sanders, and applying finish. We also review leather/textile techniques, including cutting patterns, hand stitching, machine stitching, riveting, edge treatments and finishing.
Michaela Crie Stone lives in Rockport, Maine, where she creates objects that blur the lines between art, craft and design. Working predominantly in wood, she combines traditional craftsmanship with an innovative aesthetic. Michaela’s furniture, sculpture and handbags have been shown nationally, and received numerous accolades, including grants from the Maine Arts Commission and the Furniture Society, the Artist Award from the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston and several esteemed artist residencies throughout the country.