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ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP 11 – a boundary-breaking leather workshop

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ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP 11 – a boundary-breaking leather-workshop.

Two weeks ago, I participated in the ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP, an annual, creative leather-making festival hosted by ECCO LEATHER in the Netherlands. The 11th edition was the biggest event since its start in 2008.

 

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With 150 designers, artists, leather technicians, and innovative thinkers who came from more than 40 different nations, balled know-how and creative juices came together. Amongst them were people from leading fashion and tech companies as well as from the leather industry.

After a warm welcome and get-together on the first evening, to everyone’s surprise, we were brought to a luxury camp site.

 

ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP_Tents Glamping

 

Instead of sleeping in a hotel like the participants in the past, the whole ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP community was accommodated in tents during the next three nights. With big excitement about that, the upcoming days and already new acquaintances made, the first evening ended.

The first workshop day begun with a brief introduction into leather knowledge

 

ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP_Leather introduction

 

ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP_Leather presentation                                             ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP_Leather presentation_

 

and a guided tour through the tannery. Afterwards, we were divided into 24 different teams of 6 people each. I was part of a group with a handbag and a hat designer, a creative director, a visual artist, a video director, a leather technician and a product manager, with whom I had the challenge to develop a new leather.

After deciding for a conceptual direction, we spent the next two days experimenting, using all kinds of leathers, machines and techniques that were available.

 

ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP_sven signe den hartogh

 

ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP Team working

 

We used cow, calf, steer, camel and yak leather as the basis and treated it in different ways. Our techniques ranged from buffing over milling to polishing, staking and toggling.

 

ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP_Leather hides inspiration

 

Through embossing, bonding, plating and foiling, we heated the leather and tried out different surface finishings with oils, waxes and colours.

 

ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP_groupwork

 

ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP_Colours and Pigments

 

ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP Leatherbagstage_Isabel von Vegesack

 

The look and touch could be defined through different surface treatments as well as some special adjustments in order to achieve e.g. reflective or heat-sensitive leather.

 

ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP Participant at the Pressing machine

 

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On the last day, our final output was brought to live in form of a specific product like a shoe, bag or some  other objects. At the ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP fair, all teams then presented their amazing results.

Working together with so many creative people form different backgrounds, staying together with them day and night made these 4 days an unforgettable and intense experience for me.

 

ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP participants at the campsite                       ECCO LEATHER HOT-SHOP Participants campsite

 

Thank you at ECCO LEATHER for letting me be part of that amazing adventure!

 

Find out more about this special leather creating event on my Instagram account, on ECCO LEATHER’s website and in the following video.

 

 

Photo Credits by ECCO LEATHER and Leatherbagstage, Video Credit by ECCO LEATHER

 

 

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