Leather Belt Making Workshop // 11.3

Leather Belt Making Workshop // 11.3

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Leather Belt Making Workshop with Brian McCarley of Simply Antonio

  • End Product: Your own handmade leather belt

  • Date + Time: 2 Hrs. Saturday 11/3/18 from 2PM - 4PM

  • Skill Level: No previous skill required

  • Materials + Supplies: Provided by Simply Antonio and Workspace Collective

  • Location: Workspace Collective - 287 Main Street, Danbury CT 06810

  • Parking: Patriot Garage, Bardo Garage, Street Parking

At this workshop, the designer of Simply Antonio, Brian McCarley, will lead you through the process of creating your very own leather belt. His process of leather designing is unique in that the leather is upcycled and cut with tools for a bold look! With all of the materials provided, you will learn how to size your leather belt, accenting it with either your own style, and leaving you with enough knowledge to walk away and tell the story behind your very own piece. 

Class fee includes instruction and all the necessary supplies and materials. No prior experience necessary - beginners welcome! 

About the Designer:

Brian finds his inspiration from things around him - much of which comes from dealing with international struggles. He served for 8 years with the United States Navy on active duty and had the honor of serving on two deployments; the USS George Washington and again on the USS Harry S. Truman. During his service he visited countless countries around the world and had many great experiences which greatly influenced his artwork. 

The main reason that Brian is part of the makers movement is all about creative expression. For example, Brian utilizes upcycling as one of his design methods, where he sources used leather, belt buckles and other findings as a medium to create belts. Though a sustainable way of sourcing, Brian's design process is even more refined in that he uses a leather burning tool to carve unique shapes and striking designs into each tailored and thoughtfully created piece. 

Brian is also a master ceramicist, creating each stunning piece by hand. Leaf bowls, plates, wind chimes and candle holders - all hand carved, painted and glazed to perfection to creatively express his art.