Jon & Judy Homer
BOX GALLERY, | 09/09/2017 : 01/10/2017
During September the Box Gallery will be filled with a collection of handmade leather bags, made by Jon and Judy Homer of Lincolnshire. Jon, by trade is a saddle fitter and bridle maker. His passion for making custom bags grew out of having remnants of leather left over in the workshop. Over the last couple of years he has been lucky enough to expand this part of the business to enable Judy to work alongside him full time in this area offering demonstrations in traditional saddle stitching techniques and taking the work to specialist markets and events. Jon and Judy hand cut, dye and finish natural hides, with many designs hand sewn in saddle stitch or by using their 1960's Adler sewing machine. Great pride and care is taken in selecting quality leathers and honing the designs to enhance and celebrate the wonderful and very workable qualities of beautiful leather. The bags are created by using repurposed vintage printing plates to permanently emboss the designs into wet unfinished hides. After drying they are then hand painted using acrylic leather dyes before the hide is finished with several layers of their own mixed tannery dye. They are then repainted to highlight areas and sealed with a generous coat of home made beeswax and caranauba wax. A final few hours for drying and then polishing leaves the leather ready to be cut to shape and stitched up, a process which can take up to three days.