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Jeffrey Amrhein (MAP #81)

Leather handbag in the shape of a hop flower
12″ x 10″ x 3″

Leather Strap for Power of the Purse charity auction
2.5″ x 44″ x .25″

Leather purse with hand-tooled acanthus leaves
5″ x 8″ x 3″

Several years ago I sat on a tiny stool in a small leather shop in the Marrakesh souk in Morocco, watching as a craftsman sewed a large leather cushion. As I followed his hands rapidly moving back forth, needles flashing, he happily explained everything he was doing. He kept offering me glasses of tea and I kept watching and listening and utterly fascinated. When, several hours later, I finally looked at the tray full of empty tea glasses, I realized that I was hooked before I even started working with leather.

That began a gradual learning process. Over the next few years as I was wandering around North Africa, Asia and the Middle East, fully a third of my backpack was stuffed with leather scraps, tools and powdered dyes. I continued to seek out local artisans, learning from anyone who was willing to share. I did leather work in all of my spare time, eventually replacing my camera pack with an ever evolving series of leather bags. When I returned home, my travels ended but my passion for leather craft remained.

Now, I have built a business around leathercraft that combines beautiful design and unique functionality. I try to blend centuries-old traditions with the needs of the modern world, by adapting ancient motifs to modern functional pieces.


Media: fiber & fabric

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