A long time ago, well, last summer, but that sure feels like a long time ago;)
I discovered these great boiled leather cups, bottles and bowls made by Simon Hasan a british designer.
I thought that we might continue the fascinating journey into the medieval technique of boiling leather, after yesterdays guest post for FarFetchers.
(Go here to read up on that first)
Simon Hasan is a graduate from Royal college of arts in England, where he studied design products.
I must admit I have a soft spot for old techniques that is being used in modern design, which is a big part of my very small necklace collection coming out early spring this year.
What’s so intriguing about Simon Hasan’s work is that he’s researched this old technique of molding leather after boiling it to create strong objects, and based his design on everyday objects, like the coke bottle.
This collection is all part of an Industrial makeshift installation in Northampton, UK.
On Simon’s homepage he writes:
Industrial Makeshift was conceived in response to an invitation by Northampton Festival to create a site-specific installation in the town’s 700 year-old Market Square.
Like many market-towns, Northampton has witnessed the explosive growth of high street chains that are part of an automated system of global manufacturing, supply and consumption.
Hasan has used the medieval leather-working technique of Cuir Bouilli to mass-produce over 400 handcrafted objects, which can be purchased in the usual coin-operated way from a conventional vending machine.
In Industrial Makeshift Simon Hasan explores this evolution through themes of commerce, craft and industry, and by questioning the role of the handmade within the modern production system.
Selling for only £3, the pieces are moulded on archetypes of mass-production such as cola bottles or anonymous pound-shop plastic objects. Rendered in hardened leather, these symbols of globalised industry become curious artefacts with an almost archaeological quality.
I would love to style a shoot with his bowls, cups and bottles!
They have the perfect rustic look, made by hand from organic materials, and they look absolutely great don’t you think?
Now, I hope you’ve enjoyed the two posts on leather and what surprising objects you can make from it.
I have so much to share with you in the coming weeks so stay tuned for posts that will take you ll around the world!
Photo by Emma Wieslander