Riina O at Royal College of Art

The recent blog posts have been about teaching the glove making workshops in other towns and countries. However, occasionally the masterclasses are also held at London-based universities!


Last week Riina O was invited to run a 2-day glove making workshop at Royal College of Art.
Named the world´s no.1 art and design university, it was a great honour to be teaching these exceptionally talented students.
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The 2-day workshop gave a short introduction to the craft of making gloves by hand, introducing different types of stitching and handcrafting a standard-sized glove.
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The students will be able to develop the freshly acquired base-skills further in their future work.
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Riina O Black Friday Sample Sale!

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Riina O is having the first ever online sample sale.

This is an extraordinary chance to get hold of some samples that didn´t make it to the collections.
Samples are one offs, but available in various sizes!

Additionally, we are offering -30% off everything else at our online boutique,
until the 27th November 2017.

Just use the code “Black” at the checkout.

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 Happy shopping!

Riina O in Scotland

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Last week Riina O went to Scotland to visit the team of Hands of X hand prosthetics in Dundee and Glasgow (more info about this amazing project coming soon…) and to teach the glove making workshop at the Edinburgh College of Art.

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The view from the classroom window was straight at the beautiful medieval Edinburgh castle, high on the hill.

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During the 4-day workshop the jewellery and silversmithing students learned some of the hand stitching techniques for glove making, adjusted the standard glove pattern to fit their own hand size and made up the first sample glove, having designed the decorative points(or a more complex decorative embroidery in some cases). The last day was left for them to see how could they integrate the newly learned skills into their personal jewellery practice.
I am so curious to see the final results…

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Riina O in Denmark

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Riina O was invited to Denmark to run the glove making workshop at Kolding Design Institute for the Fashion and Accessories MA students.
What a lovely dedicated bunch they were!

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Within the 5-day practical workshop the students studied about the history of gloves and what an important role they have played throughout the ages. They got to practice hand stitching on leather and learned to work with a pattern adjusting it to their own hand size. The students mastered the skill of hand stitching by making a trial glove – essential to see the fitting before making the final pair of gloves, involving their creativity and imagination.

Spreading the skills, the craft of hand making gloves will go on…
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Riina O pop-up in Northampton

Last weekend, on the 9th September Riina O was invited to Northampton to do a pop-up during the Heritage Open Day at the National Leather Collection.

Northampton is regarded as the heart of the UK’s leather and footwear industry. It is a home to the only university offering a Leather Technology course in English.
The town also has an exciting footwear museum, full of gorgeous historic shoes.

The National Leather Collection was founded as the Museum of Leather Craft in London 1946. Supported by the London Livery Companies, the museum takes care for the largest collection of items and information relating to Leather in the world. Recently moved to Northampton, the museum will open to the public in a few months – The Open Day was a chance to offer a sneak peek into their magical universe of leathercrafts with artefacts from prehistoric archaeology to 20th-century warfare.

The National Leather Collection is aiming to house the creative hub with the facilities to run workshops. It would be wonderful to have one of our glove making workshops there one day…

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Have a first peek at our new collection “The Flowers of Evil” featuring a collaboration with a talented illustrator Natali Pahapill, resulting in a luxurious silk scarf and another collaboration with a skilful hand embroiderer Amy Burt.

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Can you recognise the plants depicted on the gloves?

Please comment if you can!

Riina O at Lincoln Heritage Skills Festival

Last weekend, 23-24th of June Riina O travelled North, out of London, to a small picturesque town of Lincoln, to participate in the Heritage Skills Festival. The event, held for the first time ever, brought together the City of London Livery Companies to the Lincoln Cathedral with the aim to celebrate traditional crafts and skills and keep them alive. Altogether there were more than 26 of the City of London Livery Companies, ranging from the goldsmiths to saddlers to clockmakers, glaziers and plumbers. Riina O was invited by the Worshipful Company of Glovers.

The history of the Glovers Company dates back to the 14th Century, having been established in 1349 by glove makers in London, who wished to protect the high standards of their craft. The Company has survived to the present day, still supporting and promoting British glove trade and wearing of gloves on all levels – from fashion to different industrial purposes.

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The Heritage Skills Festival took place at the glorious Lincoln Cathedral – the third largest one in the UK. The grandiose building managed to easily host the display of dozens of Livery companies and craft displays, including two Bentley cars and a few chariots.

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Riina O had a chance to display our cutting edge modern gloves and demonstrate the craft of the traditional glove making via hand stitching.

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On the 23rd of June, we had the honour to be interviewed by the BBC Radio for Melvyn in the Morning show. It was great to meet some visitors later on, who had actually heard the interview and got inspired by it to come to the Festival.

At the end of the second day an auction was held, where all the different livery companies presented their unique craft products. Riina O offered a commission of a pair of leather gloves to the client´s choice, which was snapped up by a lucky bidder.

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The Midsummer´s Night was this year celebrated at a glorious dinner held for the London Livery Companies at the Lincoln Cathedral. In addition to all the displays, the cathedral easily accommodated a dinner for nearly 100 people located in its side wing of the building. Held at such extravagant location, this was definitely a Midsummer celebration night to remember!

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Riina O at London Craft Week

The first week of May welcomed the third edition of London Craft Week.

Riina O had an honour to participate in the Leather exhibition, organised by Bill Amberg at the Leathersellers Hall. Hand-picked as one of the fourteen Britain´s finest independent leatherworkers, the selection included saddlers, sculptors, bag makers, bookbinders, cordwainers, etc.

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During three days, between 4-6th of May, the Leather exhibition was held at the place most suitable for it – the freshly renovated Leathersellers Hall. Completed just last Summer, the hall designed by Eric Parry and finished by Bill Amberg leatherworkers team, the interiors include such details as walls and even the elevator interior covered in veg tan leather, combining the Leathersellers Company´s six-century history with modern luxurious interiors. The London Craft Week Show offered one of the first opportunities for members of the public to set foot inside.

Riina O demonstrated the best of our glove collections, where ages old craftsmanship has been joined with modern technological advantages. The making process could be witnessed at the display of the deconstructed gloves and work tools, as well as at the craft presentation.

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On Saturday it was even possible for the public to try the glove making at Riina´s masterclass of a modified design of an archery glove with just two fingers.

The exhibition was supported by the Leathersellers´ partner livery companies, including the Glovers Livery and it was a real pleasure meeting them in person again.

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