TactileCraftworks

Handmade Leather Goods

Milwaukee, Wisconsin · 321 Sales

TactileCraftworks

Handmade Leather Goods

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 321 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Warmly,
Sarah & Anna

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Last updated on Dec 20, 2016

We're taking a long winter's nap. Please visit www.tactilecraftworks.com for more info, or follow us on Instagram to keep up to date.
Warmly,
Sarah & Anna

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About

We're thinking of you while we work (unless we're thinking about canoeing)

We love how visceral working with leather is: it's all sharp knives, metal stamps and rawhide mallets. While that rough process is always apparent in the leather, we're careful and intentional about achieving refined results. We are always playing with the perceptions of leather as a material, how it is substantial and durable but also seen as fine and handsome. We aim to create products that balance these qualities.

We became fast friends when we met in 2008, sharing not only a solid crafting ability, but also a somewhat masculine and rustic aesthetic and a good sense of humor. Over the last several years, we have worked at tailoring our style and product to create pieces that are lasting, beautiful to look at, and satisfying to hold. Tactile, even (clever). We're always so pleased when someone seems compelled to pick up one of our pieces; we make them to be touched.

We're lucky to be working as a pair. It allows us to bounce ideas off of each other, challenge each other, and produce work that is better than the sum of our parts. We are constantly thinking about our customers. We don't think of it as you buying our travel mug, rather we're making your travel mug.

We work as collaboratively as possible. Anna has a knack for patterning, Sarah has an eye for layout. We both have equal say in design when producing something new. To create one of our standard products, typically Anna will cut out the vegetable-tanned leather and draw out the design. Sarah then tools the leather – carving, beveling and stamping depending on the pattern. Once Sarah has finished several layers of dye and sealer, we stitch the products together.

Our craft is most inspired by history, our customers, other makers, and currently, the outdoors. Inspiration comes in waves and phases. We consider ourselves lucky to be a tiny part of a traditional craft, and we feel a sense of responsibility to work hard at it. We try to honor the craftsmanship that has come before us, while trusting our own eyes and aesthetics.

We often wish that we wish we could hold every morning meeting in a canoe. In all reality though, some of our best ideas have come from looking at textures and colors outside, taking cues from antique photographs of mountains or canyons, and researching historic signs of the National Park System. We like to use materials that make sense in those places. We strive to create goods that make sense in those places.

Shop members

  • Sarah Kirkham

    Owner, Creator

  • Anna Warren

    Owner, Creator

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Last updated on December 9, 2013

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