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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Riina O exhibiting at London Crafts Week!

If you are in London this week, head over to the Liverpool Street neighbourhood, as 5-6th of May 2017 Riina O is showing at the Leathercraft exhibition at the Leathersellers Hall.

Located at 15 St Helens Place, you can find the best of the British leathercraft.

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I will be running the craft presentation today and the archery gloves workshop tomorrow.

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Don´t miss out!

Riina O in Oslo

Riina O in Oslo

Riina O was invited to Oslo by The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet to run the glove making workshop during their Prøverommet event.

Handcrafting soft leather gloves is a centuries-old skill, going back to the Middle Ages. Unfortunately, during the last half century, the tradition has started to vanish due to the labor-intensiveness and mechanisation.  Only a few skilled professionals around the world are currently practising the art of making gloves by hand.

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It would be wonderful to bring the craft back in wider use and make it last.
I would love to see women and men using more gloves again, adding to their dressing code this mysterious and elegant accessory.

It was a real pleasure being part of this exciting craft event!

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Tiny gloves for Whoopi Goldberg

Recently Riina O had the incredible occasion to collaborate on the pair of shoes made by the very talented Caroline Groves for the wonderful Hollywood actress Whoopi Goldberg!

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Whoopi Goldberg, best known for starring in a ´90s movie “Sister Act“, now a co-hostess of the TV talk show “The View” on ABC site, she is known to be a huge footwear fan.

These shoes by Caroline Groves are rather unique. Eash shoe is in contrasting monochrome colour. In addition to the tiny pair of Riina O gloves one of the shoes, it is also bearing a little top hat and a walking stick, while another sports a veiled bowler hat with a little scarf.

Caroline says, the inspiration for the shoes came from her earlier work that Whoopi was infatuated with. She suggested the one white and one black shoe. One with top hat to represent her show business background and a bowler hat on the other toe in memory of her mother who used to wear a bowler.

The other collaborators on this pair of shoes were the milliner Louise Pocock  and a silversmith Jessica Hickman-Woolcott , who made the tiny cane.

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Riina O mini gloves, seen in several of our recent Instagram posts, made it to the top of the shoes and onto the screen at “The View”.

See them live:

Riina O studio secrets – waterjet cut leather bracelets

Riina O is delighted to pull back the secrecy curtain and take you “behind the scenes” into our studio, offering a sneak peek of our work process. Let us explain how our leather accessories are made and what is unique about these beautiful products.

Lets have a look at Riina O Leeanne leather bracelet. These beautiful colourful armbands have each an intricate pattern cut in. How are they made? The secret is – advanced waterjet cutting technology.bracelets-chain4-web
You may wonder, what is it?
The waterjet cutter is an industrial machine meant for cutting a variety of materials using the high-pressure jet of water. Unbelievable as it sounds, these bracelets have been cut not by a knife or laser, but by water!
Even more surprising is the fact that waterjet cutting technology is normally used for producing parts for manufacturing aeroplanes, cars and vehicles as large as tanks. Well, if they can manage to cut large steel details, small leather bracelets should be “a piece of cake”! Remarkably, cutting such small details is actually trickier than large parts.

The waterjet cutting machine is controlled by the computer that directs it according to the specific design file.
The advantage of this method, compared with laser cutting, for example, is the clean edge finish, cost effectiveness of the production and intricate cutting work. The ecological benefit includes the fact that the water can be recycled using a closed-loop system.

bracelets-chain2-webYou can purchase this fabulous technological masterpiece from Riina O online boutique.

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