"The best way to connect with the craft or design object is by actively participating in its creation."
(Jonathan Chapman, "Emotionally Durable Design")
Riina Õun is offering a variety of workshops and masterclasses from hand-crafting leather gloves, to kombucha drink and material making workshops, introducing circular economy and alternative sustainable bio-materials.
Handcrafting soft leather gloves is an old skill, going back to the middle ages, that has started to disappear due to the labour-intensiveness and the mechanisation of the glove making process. Only a few skilled professionals around the world are currently practising the art of making gloves by hand.
As a skilled specialist, I would like to carry on this beautiful meticulous craft, introducing the techniques to more people and carrying the tradition into the 21st century.
I have been working with some of the top academic institutions around the world, teaching the glove-making workshop at the Royal College of Arts in London, Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, London College of Fashion, Central Saint Martins, Edinburgh College of Art, Kolding Design Institute and Copenhagen Academy of Fashion and Design in Denmark, Academia Koefia in Rome as well as Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, China Craft Week in Hangzhou and London Craft Week.
If you would like to learn hand-crafting beautiful leather gloves, below are the upcoming workshops open to public.
28-30 October 2022
3-day glove-making workshop
in Tallinn, Estonia
at Eesti Rahvakunsti ja Käsitööliit
12-13 and 19-20 November 2022
4-day glove-making workshop over
2 weekends in Copenhagen, Denmark
at Copenhagen Academy of Fashion and Design
3-4th and 10-11th December 2022
4-day glove-making workshop
over 2 weekends in London, UK
at Riina O Studio