Last week, Art Against Knives and LCF came together at the Ally Capellino Store in Shoreditch, to celebrate their second Design+Make collaboration – a programme designed to support young adults in creating their own positive futures.
Ten young creatives aged 18‐24 from the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham joined this this year’s cohort. The students spent two weeks in the workshops at Golden Lane, learning traditional leather work skills, which through the guidance of our industry professionals and technicians, resulted in the students designing and making their own leather bag.
21-year old Andre from Tower Hamlets who participated in this year’s project told LCF News about his experience.
It was a two week leather bag making course and I really enjoyed it. I was able to test skills that I had already, and obviously work on new ones – I gained a lot of experience and learnt how to use certain tools like the ore and leather cutter. We created the bag from scratch – we had dimensions that we had to design to. I wanted to make a rucksack and I stuck to that and I’m glad it turned out amazing. I want to thank the team at LCF and Art Against Knives for helping me out. I’m going to use my bag – it’s part of the brand I want to create.
Head of LCF, Professor Frances Corner attended the event and she commented on how impressed she was with the work on display:
The designs were so creative and really reflected the personalities of the participants. To achieve the standard of finishing that I saw in just two weeks, is really amazing. I am really proud to be a part of such a great programme, I found it inspiring listening to what the participants had taken away from the experience.
This is the second time the Design+Make programme has run, working with young creatives from East London. We can’t wait for the next installment.