Covering personal expression, a chosen method of production and the realities of the market, this program is indeed an ambitious one. Using a material and technique of choice, artisans must create, fabricate and share works of produced objects. The manner in which the program is structured reflects the ongoing relationship between creation and the management of the resulting object.
This specialization trains individuals to become artisans specialized in leatherwork and capable of designing and making all types of leather goods ranging from simple and utilitarian to refined luxury items. These items are distinguished by their originality as well as the creative techniques, workmanship and quality of the materials used. Leatherwork is traditionally divided into the four following areas of specialty:
Small leather goods. This includes smaller items that can be placed in one’s pocket or purse: change purse, billfold, wallet, card holder, ticket/passport holder, eyeglass case, comb and nail clipper case, keychain, pocket agenda, daily planner, compact case, lipstick case, etc.
Purses and bags
Leatherwork artisans handle every stage of the design and fabrication of leather goods as well as the start-up and management of a workshop or small business. They also advise and negotiate with customers and can be called upon to manage and supervise other employees.
Leather products are made using different techniques often borrowed from other leather trades, specifically saddlery and tannery. It should be noted, however, that this does not qualify one as a specialist in these particular techniques.