Estonian leatherwork is an exceptional phenomenon in the world of arts and crafts. The artists of the Leather Studio of Katariina Guild, Pille Kivihall and Jane Rannamets, were both educated at the leather art department of the Estonian National Art Institute (now the Estonian Academy of Art).
Both are dedicated to modern design in bookbinding. Thus, the experimental nature of their exhibited works may surprise in innumerable ways.
The Leather Studio also exhibits the handbag collections of artists Leanika Korn, Piret Loog, Elina Randla and Marve Riisalu, working in a variety of styles ranging from design and color to minimalism. It showcases the boxes, coffers, and notebooks of Estonian leather art living classics Naima Suude, Ivi Tafel, and Ene Voore; along with traditional mitten and glove designs of Evelyn Toomistu and the masterly calligraphy of Heino Kivihall. There are also on occasion other artists‘ works to delight and surprise.
The Leather Studio is an open studio where students from Tallinn and Tartu as well as from Finland, Scotland, Brazil, New York, and other far-ranging places of the globe have studied and practiced their art.
The studio has also accepted and fulfilled special orders as well as provided assistance and advice to others in the field. It continues that tradition still.
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