About Sue Lowday
Each item is individually hand cut, dyed and finished in my workshop, developing my designs inspired by the unique qualities of the vegetable tanned leather. I work mainly with vegetable tanned leather sourced from English and Italian tanneries. The tools I use have been collected over many years. Silversmithing skills learned on the BA course in Sheffield early in my career are experimentally used to work the leather. Part of my work is designing and make intriguing, unique objects that may not be absolutely functional, alongside fully functional considered items that have years of practical use. I make belts, bags, journals, purses etc that I sell mainly through selected craft shows, I have a website shop for belt purchases. I am an elected Brother of the Art Workers Guild, selected maker of the Sussex Guild of Craftsmen and have BA(Hons) Silversmithing & Jewellery, MA Metalsmithing & Jewellery, Leather Conservation Course with tutor Theo Sturge.
Hand Crafted, Hand Stitching, Formed Leather, Decorative Dye Techniques, Silver Leaf on Leather, Decorative Surface Pattern Techniques, Bespoke Items, English Vegetable Tanned Hide, Italian Vegetable Tanned Hide, Leather Tuition.
Open to the Public?
Yes, by appointment only
Provides Course / Training
Available for Craft Fairs
Available - please ask about pricing
Bonchurch Village Road,
Vegetable tanned hide screen made in three sections with illustrations of gadgets in my kitchen. Inspired by Eileen Gray’s lacquer screens and the leather embossed wall coverings of the 16th Century, I set about designing a screen that could be used as a room divider for modern spaces where rooms incorporate living room, kitchen and dining areas.
Theo Sturge leather conservationist runs a unique three day course for museum curators looking at leather conservation. Theo is particularly interested in the application of silver leaf on leather that is lacquered to give a golden finish, I attended the course to learn and apply this technique.