Student wins "Craft the leather" competition

Published:  22 September, 2014
Louise de Groote

Louise de Groote who has studied at the London College of Fashion & the University of The Arts London in United Kingdom won the "Craft the Leather" competition at the Cuir A Paris show in Paris last week. The competition aimed to promote the use of vegetable tanned leather made by tanners in the region of Tuscany, Italy.

The competition focussed on a group talented young students from several leading worldwide fashion and design schools. Each student presented hand-made products or designs crafted from vegetable tanned leather to increase the awareness of vegetable tanned materials to visitors attending the show in Paris, September 16-18 as well as among the students themselves. The best entries were exhibited at Cuir A Paris.

The event was intiated by the Consortio Vera Pelle Italiana Contiata al Vegetale a consortium of tanners and suppliers from Italy who promote traditional vegetable leather. Designs included creative leather goods and ornamental interior designs, including a "veggie burger" sculpted from vegetable tanned leather.

The competition winner, Louise de Groote exhibited thress pieces including finely crafted hand jewelry from natural tanned leathers, a bodice made from leather and an unsual leather sculpture. See below to view de Groote's work.