Put your childhood in a bag and play
Having worked as a graphic designer for many years, I gradually developed an interest in working with paper, wood, textiles and leather. While experimenting with different natural materials, I explored various crafting techniques, from bookbinding and silk screening to sewing. Eventually I combined these manual skills with new technologies, such as laser cutting and 3d printing. These skills come into play with my leather patched canvas bags, engraved quotes on straps and my leather accessory pendants.
All my products are designed and crafted by me, Katia Plewnia, owner of LABOUR OF ART - Leather Goods. My designing and crafting take place in my atelier that is located in the heart of Utrecht (The Netherlands).
Invitation to Play
Every piece created by Labour of Art is unique. It is the exploration of opportunities in design as influenced by the landscape of the materials. I’m not interested in production line perfection. For me each bag is a joy because it pushes me to an ever mindful state, where I know that I cannot take my materials for granted, nor can I simply cut away anything that doesn’t ‘fit’. For me, the joy of these bags is that, like us all, they are the same and yet not the same and in that sense they encourage us to seek out what is beautiful about each piece, as we should do with each other. This, and their capacious quality means they can be beautiful in their own right and also be filled with beautiful things that we might learn also not to take for granted.