RAWHIDE: Revealing Materials

Hosted at Fortuna Monsoon @ HATCH Workshop


About this FieldTrip

Rolls of naturally dyed waxed canvas and rustic leather are transformed into finished goods at the Fortuna Monsoon studio.

Chris Franks, the designer and craftsman behind this Austin-born brand, will lead us on an investigation of leather and its properties. Examining rawhide, vegetable-tanned and chrome-tanned leather, we’ll see how leather has become one of history’s (and nature’s) most amazing materials. In this session, we’ll discuss the processes of tanning, touch examples, and make a small tooled-leather design in the studio.

We’ll be meeting at the Hatch Workshop in East Austin, where large tables, throngs of hand tools and projects-in-progress decorate the simple but beautiful space.

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