Katherine Pogson

2011 QEST Scholar - Bespoke Leatherwork

Katherine studied for an MA in Fashion and Textiles at the Royal College of Art. Since setting up her studio in 2000, she has established a reputation for bespoke, handmade leather goods and fashion accessories. A QEST Scholarship enabled her to study aspects of digital print and design and to enrich her handmade work.

Working mainly to commission, Katherine creates bespoke handmade objects spanning fashion, interiors and product design at her studio in North London. New work exploring surface and patina celebrates the diversity of British moths, and involves the application of gilding, etching, lacquerwork and stitch to moulded forms, creating precious objects: boxes, bags, and body adornments.

Katherine has exhibited at Milan Furniture Fair, New York Gift Fair, Pitti Imagine Florence, 100% Design, Origin, Fortnum and Mason, The New Craftsmen and The Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace. Clients include Hussein Chalayan, Donna Karan, Molton Brown and De Beers. In 2009, her book, Complete Leatherwork, was published by Collins and Brown. It is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of leatherworking offering step-by-step instructions.

Katherine is currently researching for a doctorate at University of the Arts London. Her practice-based research combines anthropology, craft and environmental theory to explore how making, and letting go of making, can open a material dialogue about human and ecological boundary constructs.