How Materials + Process Gets Down With Leather
Turning a cowhide into a set of stunning iPad cases is no easy task, but for Christine Marcelino of Materials + Process, it’s just another day at the office. Utilizing her material of choice, veg-tanned leather, she constructs each creation in a way that helps the leather soften and age to its fullest potential. Here, a tour of how it’s done.
Step 2: Making the Most of the Leather.
“Here, I find the most efficient and consistent way to place the patterns and cut the pieces. It’s like a puzzle. I try to find the best places for each of the pieces to make sure that the material fits well for the functionality. You don’t want to make a hundred cuts, but I also want to make sure I get the best pieces out of the hide.”
Step 3: Stamping on the Materials + Process Logo.
“I stamp it now because of the way leathers work: You have to moisten it, and you want to get it as flat as possible. I don’t want to make an impression on the final piece and ruin the leather underneath.”
Step 5: Sewing Everything Together.
“I guess the biggest challenge is being a one-man production team. Although I’ve had some help from friends, most of the time it’s just me. The actually sewing the leather takes a few minutes; most of the work comes before and after. I use an awesome sewing machine, but I don’t have machines to cut and trim the the materials. I have to be very careful and diligent. That’s part of the reason I got into this.”
Step 6: Trimming the Excess and Doing a Quality Check.
“I’ll push on the seams a bit to make sure they’re all sewn up well. Then, I clean the ends of the thread and burn them so they won’t ever come loose. To make sure it lasts a long time and fits the functionality, I’ll actually put an iPad in there to make sure none of the seams are popping.”