image for Artisan item typeArtisans At Weavers Gallery at Ledbury Heritage Centre

Artisan, Mon 23 - Sun 29 Oct 2017, free entry

Bag detail by MacGregor and Michael

Bag detail by MacGregor and Michael

Red hide Messenger style bag, hand stitched with nickel buckle.


Church Lane,

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Mon 23 - Sun 29 Oct Artisans At Weavers Gallery


MacGregor and Michael have an international reputation as designers and makers of fine, high quality, hand-stitched leather goods. They have been making by hand, not in a factory but in their artisanal workshop in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, since 1974. They use only the best vegetable-tanned leathers, including 200 year ‘Russia’ leather from a shipwreck and source or commission hardware in brass and silver
‘Leather is one of the few ‘companion’ materials which can be both worn and used in living or working environments. The leathers we use are vegetable-tanned, the active ingredients coming from the bark and leaves of various trees and shrubs. These kinds of leathers are hard wearing as the surface quality improves with age. We use no machinery in the making, preferring the direct simplicity of hand tools and the quiet rhythms of the workshop.
Designing and making is a very demanding process, full of risks, right up to the moment the work in hand is completed. Moving forward as a craftsperson, artist or designer often involves realising something fundamental about the nature of the materials you work with and constantly updating and fine tuning your making skills to match the level of your ambitions.’
At the Weavers Gallery, MacGregor and Michael will show their range of bags/ cases for men and women, luggage, small leather goods, belts and trunks.

Alison Dupernex knits portable works of art which bring together good design, high quality materials and careful workmanship to make garments that are a pleasure to wear.
‘I am constantly, experimenting by mixing fibres to capture the spirit of a place or object and build a sculptural fabric by using felting techniques while also “working” with the yarn and juxtaposing fine silk with rugged tweed or soft cashmere, Donegal wool and camel hair, to create cobbles in a myriad of colours. . Very often the texture and colour of the yarn acts as a catalyst and I merely collaborate with it. The colours I choose are suggested by natural things the crashing waves on the Cornish coast, the ripples in the sand as the tide recedes, wet rocks with bright sparkling pools, the amber and yellow of sea weed. The work is intricate with tucked stitches, and 20 plus colour changes within each design to provide the wearer with a garment that has sculptural depth and subtlety of colour and is also flattering to wear with jeans or for a more formal occasion. The silk used is custom dyed in Italy, to make sure that just the right colour is achieved.’

Stephanie Kemp was a student of fashion design and pattern cutting at Southend College of Art and Design followed by a postgraduate course at St Martins School of Art.
Her 25 year career in the fashion industry started with designing and making clothes for selling at dress parties, then in her own shop before finally selling wholesale to other shops and stores including 14 years designing and manufacturing for the London store Liberty.
An interest in the process of weaving cloth culminated in the purchase of a traditional fly-shuttle loom in 1999 from an antique centre and with her tailoring and pattern cutting skills Stephanie started making coats and jackets from her own woven fabric.
As business developed her husband Stuart became involved and they purchased a 1920’s Hattersley Standard loom from Scotland enabling an increase in woven fabric and of course more garments.
Stephanie still has a passion and interest in clothing and textiles selling her unique woven coats and jackets which she will be selling at the Weavers Gallery.
An ideal way to explore her love of social history, the woollen industry and all things textile, in 2016 she helped reopen Newtown Textile Museum after a period of closure and earlier this year took on the role of curator

Tim Blades makes silver jewellery in his workshop in Gloucestershire. He makes detailed wax models of the wild flowers and insect’s seen in his garden near Tetbury, which he casts in silver and finishes himself. Many are detailed with semi-precious stones or gold plated.

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 23 - Sun 29 Oct 2017 10:00 to 17:30
Meet the makers:
Monday 23 everyone
25th, 26th & 28th - MacGregor & Michael and Tim Blades
24th,27th and 29th - Stephanie Kemp and Alison Dupernex


Free entry

Free entry



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You can find us at the top of Church Lane, a narrow cobbled street running between the Market House on the main street and the Church


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