Renata – Tannery

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THE SURVIVING QUESTIONS

1. IN ONE SENTENCE, HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE WHAT YOU DO?

I make objects using natural materials.

2. WHAT DID YOU LEARN THANKS TO YOUR HANDS?

Understanding the world thanks to the hands and eyes’ smartness which translates in avoiding stereotypes.

 3. IF YOU HAD TO CONVINCE A TEENAGER TO FOLLOW YOUR PATH, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

Being part of the artistic-craftsmen today means to work in your laboratory as much as communicate and being curious about what happens out there, seek new challenges in order to metabolize them and integrate within your creative process. The artisan must realize he works also as a territorial ambassador, it’s link in between tradition and future developments, moreover he’s part of the roots of a healthy and conscious community who knows how to manage its own resources.

THE SURVIVING STORY

Leather and saddle leather were one of the first materials that man learned to use for their own personal needs, either for protection from the cold and rain, or to transport liquids.

In fact, this material was easily available and above  all resistant to natural perils of the time and was durable. These characteristics endured even though the actual costs of production and also of availability now make leather a more expensive material in current times. It is a noble and precious material compared to the synthetic items now available. We all know that leather and saddle leather are derived from the skins or hides of animals, usually cows, but have you ever wondered how the final products arrives or what the differences are between regular leather and saddle leather ? If these questions make you curious, then the following detailed descriptions of the leather working process will satisfy your quest for knowledge.

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