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  • Morgan + Wells Gears Up for York Open Studios and is crossing everything for the Biz Bubble Awards.

    I'm incredibly honoured to be shortlisted as a finalist in the Traditional Skills category of the prestigious Biz Bubble Awards. Being recognised alongside such talented artists is truly humbling, and I can't wait to find out the results on March 28th. The Biz Bubble Awards celebrate the incredible creativity and innovation of businesses and being nominated in the Traditional Skills category means a lot. At Morgan + Wells, we're passionate about keeping these time-honoured techniques alive while adding a modern twist. Sending Out Positive Vibes! While nervously awaiting the results, I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude. Thank you to everyone who has supported the journey so far! Whether you've purchased a piece, or shared my work with others, or simply offered words of encouragement, your support means the world. Exciting news, art enthusiasts! York Open Studios is just around the corner, and Morgan + Wells is gearing up to showcase a whole range of handstitched goods and a collection of new pieces. This week has been a whirlwind of preparation, and I'm thrilled to share the buzz with you! As many of you know, York Open Studios is a celebrated annual event where artists across the city open their studios to the public. It's a fantastic opportunity to meet the makers firsthand, witness the creative process, and discover one-of-a-kind artwork. I'm particularly excited to announce that Morgan + Wells has been featured in both The Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Life Magazine alongside other talented artists participating in the event. This recognition is truly humbling, and I can't wait to welcome visitors to Venue 26 with the gloriously talented Marco Looks and share my latest creations.. What to Expect at Morgan + Wells: While we can't reveal all our surprises just yet, here's a taste of what you can expect at Venue 26 during York Open Studios: A showcase of brand new work: I've been a busy bee in the workshop, and I'm excited to unveil a collection of fresh pieces. A glimpse into the creative process: Get a behind-the-scenes look at hand stitching and witness my pieces coming to life. The opportunity to chat about my work: I'd love to meet you in person, answer your questions, and discuss my passion for art. Mark Your Calendars! Don't miss this chance to experience the vibrant art scene of York and discover the unique creations of Morgan + Wells. Open Studios runs over two weekends: -Sat 13th April/ Sun 14th April - Sat 20th April / Sun 21st April Venues are open 10:00 - 17:00 each day and can all be found here in the online directory. Stay tuned for further updates! We all look forward to seeing you at York Open Studios! Follow us on social media or visit our website for the latest information. In the meantime, feel free to leave a comment below and tell us what kind of art you're most excited to see and who you've circled! References: https://www.yorkshirelifemagazine.co.uk/app/YORCOM https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/arts-and-culture/art/york-open-studios-your-chance-to-get-up-close-to-the-work-of-yorkshires-artists-4565331

  • The Art of Independence: A Glimpse into the Life of a Self-Employed Leatherworker

    Embarking on the journey of being a self-employed leatherworker has been a venture filled with passion, creativity, and the pursuit for craftsmanship. As an artisan, every piece crafted becomes a unique expression of dedication and skill, alongside learning and head scratching. In this blog post, I'll delve into the world of self-employment in the realm of leather crafting, exploring the challenges, joys, and the artistry that comes with being your own boss. Crafting a Dream: The Path to Self-Employment Becoming a self-employed leatherworker often begins with a deep love for the craft, I myself fell in love after attending a 3-day course and now it's almost an addiction, I love going into my workshop and closing the door. Many artisans, like myself, find themselves drawn to the tactile nature of leather, the traditional techniques, and the prospect of creating something lasting and meaningful. The decision to turn this passion into a business is a leap of faith, driven by a desire for independence and a commitment to one's artistic vision. The Creative Sanctuary: Crafting in Your Own Space One of the perks of being a self-employed leatherworker is the ability to design and work in a space that resonates with your creativity. Whether it's a small studio, a garage workshop, or even a corner of your living room, this space becomes a sanctuary where ideas come to life. My small workshop is chaotic but I know exactly where every rivet, thread and tool is. I love the flexibility I have to organise and personalise my workspace and I'm guessing this is a freedom cherished by many self-employed artisans. The Entrepreneurial Spirit: Balancing Craftsmanship and Business While the core of being a leatherworker is the craft itself, the reality of self-employment involves wearing multiple hats. From marketing and customer relations to financial management, the entrepreneurial spirit becomes a crucial companion. Navigating the delicate balance between maintaining artistic integrity and running a successful business is an ongoing challenge that shapes the journey of every self-employed leatherworker. I've recently invested in a vintage Pfaff sewing machine to be able to run off wholesale orders. This was a big decision to make as I've hand sewn everything for 10 years and I still want to maintain that at the core of my business but it's now about expanding yet keeping the quality of my products high. You find yourself always working, but when it's a way of life rather than a job it's not so much of a chore! Challenges and Triumphs: The Rollercoaster of Self-Employment Being your own boss is a double-edged sword. Challenges such as market competition, managing finances, and maintaining a consistent flow of orders can be daunting. However, the triumphs that come with creating a unique brand, seeing satisfied customers, and achieving financial independence make the journey incredibly rewarding. Every hurdle becomes a lesson, and every success a testament to perseverance (of my family mainly!). Community and Connection: The Heartbeat of Craftsmanship While the life of a self-employed leatherworker may seem solitary, the community plays a vital role. Networking with fellow artisans, engaging with customers, and participating in craft fairs or online platforms such as Pedddle create a sense of connection. Sharing experiences, learning from others, and building a customer base are crucial elements that contribute to the longevity of a self-made leatherworking business. I'm delighted this year to be involved in York Open Studios and I can't wait to show what's involved in my job but also to meet new (and old) members of the community . Being a self-employed leatherworker is a dynamic journey that intertwines creativity, entrepreneurship, and a deep love for craftsmanship. As an artisan, every stitch, cut, and design tells a story. For those with a love for the craft, self-employment becomes not just a job but a way of life—a life dedicated to the art of shaping leather into timeless creations.

  • The Timeless Allure of Round Bags: A Fashion Journey

    A Fashion Journey Introduction In the ever-evolving world In the ever-evolving world of fashion, some trends come and go, but certain styles stand the test of time. Round bags, with their timeless allure and versatile designs, have captivated the hearts of fashion enthusiasts for decades. In this blog, we'll take you on a fascinating journey through the history of round bags, exploring their evolution from ancient cultures to modern runways. Discover the charm of round bags and why they remain a must-have accessory for every fashionista. And as you delve into their rich history, consider embracing this classic style with our exquisite collection of round leather bags, meticulously crafted to add a touch of elegance to your wardrobe. The Origins: Round Bags Through the Ages Round bags have a history that spans centuries and cultures. In ancient times, circular pouches were used by various civilizations, including the Egyptians and Greeks, to carry precious belongings. These early round bags, often adorned with intricate designs and symbols, were a symbol of status and sophistication. The Renaissance and Victorian Era: Round Bags as Fashion Statements During the Renaissance, round bags became popular among European aristocrats. Crafted from luxurious materials and embellished with jewels and embroidery, these bags were not just functional but also symbols of wealth and fashion prowess. In the Victorian era, round bags, often referred to as reticules, gained prominence among women. Delicately handcrafted and adorned with lace and silk, these bags were essential accessories for the fashionable ladies of the time. The Roaring Twenties: Round Bags and Art Deco Elegance The 1920s witnessed the rise of Art Deco, an artistic movement that celebrated geometric shapes and intricate patterns. Round bags, with their sleek designs and bold embellishments, perfectly embodied the spirit of this era. Flappers and socialites embraced these stylish round purses, making them a staple in the glamorous Jazz Age fashion scene. Modern Revival: Round Bags in Contemporary Fashion In recent decades, round bags have made a triumphant comeback on the fashion scene. Designers and fashion houses have reimagined these classic accessories, combining traditional craftsmanship with modern aesthetics. The versatility of round bags has endeared them to fashion influencers and celebrities, making them a coveted item in every fashionista’s collection. Embrace Timeless Elegance with Our Round Leather Bags At Morgan + Wells, we celebrate the enduring charm of round bags and are one of th favourite style to make. Our bags blend classic elegance with contemporary style. Each piece is designed to complement a variety of outfits, from casual to sophisticated evening wear. The history of round bags is a testament to their enduring appeal and versatility. From ancient civilizations to contemporary runways, these bags have stood the test of time, making them a timeless addition to any wardrobe. Embrace the elegance of round and circular bags with our exclusive collection at www.morganandwells.co.uk.

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