Handmade Leather goods
Harbourside Market, Bristol August 11 and 18th, September 1st, 15th, 29th
Pennywell Market, Bristol September 14
Humans have been processing and using the skin of animals for a very long time. It is a durable and versatile material as evidenced by all the ways in which leather has been used over the millenia. Leather has been used as articles of clothing, cooking utensils, storage containers, protective armor, footwear, book bindings, accessories, currency, athletic equipment, and for use in industry.
Heartstain uses only leathers that are by products of the meat industry. This means we do not use leather from animals that are raised specifically for their skin. The leathers we use are rom cow, pig, sheep, and goat.
We choose to use leather for several reasons:
It’s durability and versatility are unparalleled
It is beautiful
Itmakes use of what is considered a waste material
why we don’t use leather alternatives (yet):
Fake leather is plastic-based and plastic is produced using oil.
Fake leather is significantly less durable than genuine leather. As a result, goods made from fake leather do not age well at all and usually end up in the rubbish heap in a few years.
Pineapple ‘leather’ has a texture that is a cross between cardboard and PVC. It is brittle and does not respond well to manipulatin.
Mushroom leather is the most promising leather alternative. However, at the moment it is prohibitively expensive for small business and independent craftpersons. When this changes, Heartstain will begin making with mushroom leather.
In the meanwhile, we will continue to work with leather mindful of how the leather was produced, careful towork with offcuts when possible, and with the same reverence our ancestors held for the animal—acknowledging the animal whose life was taken and honoring that animal by making something beautiful from its skin, bringing it back to life but in a different way.
Honoring the animal:
The making of every leather item begins with honoring the beast from which the skin came. It is the last thing that is left of the animal and it must be treated with respect.
Jemitra Renea makes every effort to reduce waste out of respect for the animal and because good leather is bloody expensive. The result is that the shape of our pieces will incorporate the shape of the skin from which it was made. You may also see: clip marks from where the skin was hung up during the tanning process, mosquito bites, barbed wire marks and numerical notations. These ‘imperfections’ are perfections that give each piece a unique character.
Jemitra Renea employs many traditional techniques in an effort to keep craft alive. She on occasion, uses machinery to make certain tasks easier. Each one of Renea’s leather products are either made using a combination of machinery and hand work or they are 100% hand crafted.
Beauty and functionality:
It was Oscar Wild who said, ‘Beauty is what gets your attention, but personality is what steals your heart.’ Renea creates leather pieces that are beautiful, will serve you well, and just maybe steal your heart.
returns and repairs
With proper care, your leather piece will age beautifully (just like you). In the off chance that a bit of stitching or braiding comes undone, we will repair your piece free of charge (this does not include the cost of shipping) up to 3 years after the date of purchase.
This is the home of our leather babies who have faces only a mother could love, but you might love them too. These pieces are flawed in some small way. Maybe Jemitra Renea had too much coffee and her stitches started to dance. Who knows? In keeping with our core value of reducing waste, we prefer to discount a piece instead of labelling it a reject. Because how would you feel if someone called you a reject because of that crooked toe?
Flaws are minimal and are pointed out in the piece’s descriptions.