Creator of the Day Sarah Benson - The Identity Store

Sunday 20th Nov 2011

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An exciting new collection of craft kits and gifts using natural, sustainable leather, under the name of ‘MakE’ was launched this October.

Sarah Benson and Kate Willison have worked to put together a selection of kits and gifts using left over leather and sheepskin pieces from local tanneries and local makers wherever possible. The kits vary from very simple to more advanced – from birdhouses to rag cushions – all using this sustainably sourced leather.

Inspired by seeing the caught wool from the sheep on my daily walk in Cowdale, near Buxton we came up with ‘Dolly the Sheep’ keyrings or bag decorations. Made from real sheepskin and leather piece we sell them made up or as a simple fun MakE kit.

Also inspired by the beautiful landscape of the Peaks, we have put together  ‘Inspiration packs’ for appliqué and needlework projects. These include a collection of leathers in differing colours and textures, some speciality gold or silver textured leather and some vintage beads thrown in for good measure.  We look forward to seeing what people make with these packs…

We will also be running workshops at our Matlock studio to make up leather wreaths, birdhouses, and leather craft such as belt making.

Sarah has a background in textiles interiors and craft, and Kate is studying for a Creative Art degree in her spare time.

We are currently selling through local craft fairs, Matlock Farmers Market and the internet and are very interested to look at local stockists – if you are interested in becoming a stockist please call Sarah on 01629 581 403.

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