Over the next couple of weeks we’re going to be publishing short profiles of makers who are taking part in Making Uncovered, our celebration of creativity in Lambeth on 13 September.
First up, Susan Blackah-Lyn of Wolle+Hide.
Tell us a bit about your business.
Wolle+Hide products combine wool, leather and sheepskin together, creating tactile, useable bags and purses. We use simple shapes that show off the quality of our materials and incorporate details that make each product unique.
Wolle+Hide support the Campaign for Wool and British farmers and weavers – all of our products are handmade in Britain.
Why are you taking part in Making Uncovered?
I have been involved in the fashion and textiles world for 30 years and decided to set up my business because I wanted to share my love of natural fabrics, simple design, quality making, and of course sheep, with others.
I strongly believe in the revival in British craft and design and the awareness of ethical based products and sustainability.
I decided to take part in Making Uncovered because I believe that it is important to communicate your passion to others, and as a Lambeth resident of many years I am delighted to take up this opportunity.
What will you be doing at Making Uncovered?
I want others to share my passion for wonderful materials – focusing on tactile wool. We are offering the experience of making simple shaped purses that show the beauty and texture of the cloth and that are lined with printed cotton fabrics.
The purses will be handmade and we will be demonstrating how to decorate them with appliqué, beads/buttons, handmade tassels and handmade felt beads/balls.
Wolle+Hide will be running one-hour workshops at 12.30pm and 3.30pm on making a wool purse or phone cover. Price £10, including materials. Book now on Eventbrite.