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Adapting Floral Patterns for Your Projects

$75.00
On-line registration is now closed. Please register for workshops at the Leather Crafters & Saddlers Journal Booth at the trade show.

Adapting Floral Patterns for Your Projects

Gordon Andrus

Tuesday, February 27, 8 am - 12 pm

Chino Room - Prescott Resort & Conference Center

Skill Level: All Skill Levels Welcome!

Drawing your own patterns, for some, seems daunting if not downright impossible.  A wealth of decorative material exists in the world, both on-line and in print. The difficulty lies in making these designs suitable for use in leather, or making them fit into the space you need to fill.

Using some older floral patterns in this hands-on workshop, you will learn what the common pitfalls of potential leather patterns are. Then, by learning about the skeletal lines that lie invisibly in all floral patterns, you will learn how to re-size and reshape the various flowers and leaves available and connect them into simple tooling patterns.  These are the drawing techniques that are central to any understanding of floral design.

Materials to Bring: Sketch book, pencils and eraser.

Gordon Andrus

Gordon has been working leather since the mid-1970s, when his grandmother, Vera Rees Tippetts, sent him home with a handful of tools, some of them made from nails and bolts, that had belonged to Vaughn, his grandfather. Gordon studied art and design at Utah State University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1986 and later a Masters in Fine Art from Alfred University in 1990. He has been working in his own Sage Creek Stock Saddle Co. for the past decade.