Posts filed under Leather Art

Solid Leather

As the workhorse of a man's wardrobe, belts are expected to perform far more than any other piece of fashion. They have to complement your day-to-day living while easily adapting to those occasions when dressing up calls for a subtle accent of individual style.

Solid Leather believes a belt is the most practical and essential piece of fashion in a wardrobe. Endurance, integrity, effortless style and craftsmanship: A belt that will last a lifetime.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Arrowsmith Leather

1)Arrowsmith Stroll x 3, Black w Purple, Black w Green, Tan w Black.jpg

Arrowsmith Leather products are made from natural cowhide, with textured leather accents added. A wide variety of thin to thick hides provides for strength, comfort and flexibility. Bags are lined with durable fabric & double stitched during assembly.

Construction includes asymmetrical designs, negative cutouts, applique, lamination, bold colours & textures with attention to decorative stitching and trim. Brown, black and tan belts are created from thick cowhide in different widths and lengths. Each is hand cut with beveled edges and incorporate interchangeable buckles.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Leather Artisan showcasing at Artfest Kingston

Leather Artisan, Ron Tidrow, has been exhibiting his hand-made, leather bags and accessories at our Artfest Ontario shows since our inception. All of his bags are fabric lined and available in two sizes of various colours.

For nearly 35 years Ron has designed hundreds of unique items in leather. His work has included everyday items for people, special projects for industry, media, television, and commissions. However, most of his craft history has pertained to the participation in town festivals and the largest craft shows in Canada such as Artfest Kingston.

Ron has carefully designed various types of bags and purses to suit each and every need. Please feel free to read his detailed descriptions below of his leather bags and belt types.

1) STROLL; Backpack style. Collection of 3. Front pocket of soft cowhide & edge zipper opening with 2 sliders. Decorative edge-stitching.  Interior divider, 2 pockets. 12” x 9” x 3.5”  $150-$175.

2) LOOP; Black with White Applique Decorative Loop, Wide; 9” wide x 6.5” high. Narrow; 5.5”Wide x 7.5” tall.  $50-$55.

3) FLAP; RED cowhide body with cutout decoration showing soft black leather. Zipper opening with interior divider, 3 pockets. 11”x7”x4”  $130-$140.

4) SHOPPER; Red with black handles, stiff cowhide with interior divider and 4 interior pockets. Decorative edge stitching. Large 16”x12”x5”  $160-$225.

5) ANGLE: Brown: Stiff cowhide leather with folded cutout closing strap. Interior divider, 3 pockets. Sm. 10.5” x 8” x 4”, Lg. 12”x10”x4.5”  $140-$185.

6) BELTS; Thick cowhide belts in 3 different widths.  (1”, 11/4”, 11/2”) and 3 colours. Hand cut with beveled edges and interchangeable buckles. $25-$35.

Ron's Words:

"Leather is a fascinating material that impresses the senses of touch and scent. 

The creative process begins by choosing my leather directly.  A wide variety of thin to thick hides are necessary to provide strength, comfort and flexibility in each design.

The chosen products are made almost exclusively with cowhide, and textures of other leathers are often used as decorative accents.  All the bags are lined with a durable fabric and in the final assembly process they are double stitched.  

My style includes asymmetrical design, negative cutouts, applique, lamination,  and multiple combinations of contrasting colours.

While making useful, practical bags and belts, my focus emphasizes attention to artistic detail along with relevant decorative design, stitching, and trim to complete each piece.  

As an artisan, it is crucial for me to evolve from experience and advance the quality of my work."

Ron Tidrow, Arrowsmith Leather

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Artfest Kingston 2018 ~ Summer Art & Craft Festival

June 30 - July 2, 2018

Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm and Monday 10am-6pm

Located in beautiful City Park, Kingston. 200 Artists and Artisans from across Ontario and Quebec are in Kingston for THREE days starting Saturday, Sunday-Canada Day and Monday. Walk the shady paths throughout the park. Enjoy outstanding pottery, glass, wood, jewellery, gourmet food, live music, art workshops and live outdoor theatre. poetry and more!

Plan your weekend!  Come to Artfest!

Posted on June 11, 2018 and filed under Leather Art.

Artfest Ontario Artists Embrace Nature!

Artfest Ontario Artists Embrace Nature as their Inspiration at our Artfest shows!  So, come on out to our upcoming Artfest Port Credit show, from May 27 - 29 and see for yourself!  

Have you ever noticed that artists tend to have a deep connection with our natural world? Perhaps it stems from noticing the minuscule details of our environment or possessing incredible curiosity about everything. Seeing through creative eyes and appreciating beauty truly inspires a plethora of artwork in all sorts of mediums. It makes sense really, considering how beautiful our planet truly is.

Artfest also appreciates beautiful scenery, hence the wonderful event locations we choose, like Port Credit’s Memorial Park.  Painters, photographers, sculptors, textile artists, jewellers, candle makers, potters, gourmet food makers, and home décor creators are some of the Artfest Port Credit exhibitors that embrace nature in their work, then transform it into something unique and memorable.  And all for you!

As a kid, Garry Revesz was attracted to the outdoors, nature, drawing and photography. You know, the right-brained stuff. For over 35 years he owned a software design and application company for small business clients in Toronto. However, an urge to follow his passion for nature and wildlife photography was welling up inside. As an animal lover, he was becoming more anxious about the plight of wildlife. The poaching and the senseless killing of animals were weighing heavily on his mind. “Something had to be done.”

He felt that his photography skills could contribute to the growing need for education and awareness. An award-winning photographer, Garry has been studying and photographing species at risk. His images are a haunting reminder of the fragility of our planet’s creatures. Garry is a new exhibitor at Artfest this year in the Port Credit and the September Toronto Distillery Shows.  Welcome Garry!! View more of his photography here:  Garry Revesz Photography.

 ~ Garry Revesz Photography

~ Garry Revesz Photography

Blake Richardson’s Earthen Sculptures and Prints are derived directly from things he discovers in nature. Using a fine brush and oil paints to augment the features of the stones he collects, Blake enhances what he sees in the rock. He intentionally leaves out details so others can engage their own imagination. Adding a driftwood cradle enables him to display the pieces flatteringly. For Earth prints, he uses his camera to capture what he sees and does not disturb those environments. He then paints enhancements onto the surface of his photo prints, creating new works of art. Blake finds imagery in the bark of trees, the lichen growing on rocks and the swirling of the clouds. It has led him on an amazing journey over the years. He says, “I follow what I love and let nature be my guide because I know the signs that reveal themselves along the way will show me where I am meant to go in life.” What a lovely metaphor for following our dreams.

~ Blake Richardson Earthen Sculptures

~ Blake Richardson Earthen Sculptures

Jewellery is a powerful conduit for nature lovers. Artfest patrons can’t help but pick up a new piece of jewellery when they come to the shows. We have a lovely selection of outdoor inspired jewels to choose from. Whitney Haynes crafts her work from all things natural and her designs most certainly accentuate any wardrobe piece. Her nature inspired Fallen Birch Line includes leather and birch wrist wraps, resin and birch earrings, pendants, rings, belt buckles, and cuff links. All fallen birch used in this collection is gathered by Whitney, unless a client has requested to use pieces from their own property to make a sentimental statement. The Art Inspired Line includes images of Canadian fine artist Heather Haynes’ Tree Series. Truly works of art. The Inspirational leather and sterling wraps are one of a kind, funky everyday wrist wear; one of these may end up being your favourite piece. The leather for these wraps is hand cut and artfully dyed with each leather strip unique in colour. In many cases the wraps looks like strips of wood. Stunning!

~ Whitney Haynes Jewellery Art

~ Whitney Haynes Jewellery Art

Candles are a basic necessity in our homes. Handy when the power goes out, but they also positively transform our living spaces into romantic, relaxing, entertaining and delightful worlds. Mindi and Marco Ferkul from Kul Werks Candle Art have spent the past 21 years perfecting their mixed media candle lanterns. Using a combination of their own blend of waxes and select architectural stained glass, they handcraft magical lights for everlasting use. Honouring the “slow movement” of heritage artisanal techniques is key to the making of their timeless craft. The stained glass compositions are inspired by nature’s designs and elegant patterns. They are available in colours and themes for every décor and are cleverly designed to be refillable using a simple tealight so your candle will last forever.

~ Kul Werks Candle Art

~ Kul Werks Candle Art

Walk around Artfest Port Credit and take in the artist’s inspirations from our natural world, perhaps your own imagination will start racing!  

Belli Buckles now called Leather Garage!

Leather belts, handbags, cuffs & cool interchangeable belt buckles.

One-of-a-kind hand-crafted leather belts and buckles!  

One-of-a-kind hand-crafted leather belts and buckles!  

Artists Biography:

Once called Belli Buckles, Leather Garage creator Robin Loewen uses found and repurposed objects to create her super-awesome, functional belt buckles.

Her belts are hand tooled and made from the finest genuine leather. All products are handmade in Jordan, Ontario.

In 2014, Robin was busy creating the newest line of buckles made from decommissioned fire hoses!  Be sure to drop over to her booth to see these beautiful hand-crafted pieces of wearable art!  Leather Garage will be exhibiting at Artfest Port Credit from May 29th-31st!  

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Posted on April 7, 2015 and filed under Leather Art, Belts & Buckles.