Katherine Pogson
Bespoke Leather Design
Leather Work
Spring | 2011

Katherine studied for an MA in fashion and textiles at the Royal College of Art in 1998, and has a background in Theatre design. Since setting up her studio at Cockpit Arts in 2000, Katherine has established a reputation for bespoke, handmade leather goods and fashion accessories that are without equal. She was awarded a Scholarship in order 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.

Katherine has also built up a reputation as a teacher of leather accessories design, pattern-cutting and production techniques. She runs short courses in contemporary craft and design as well as workshops at the Crafts Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 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.


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