since moving to minnesota, i have been endlessly impressed with the robust contingent of makers in the local area. it feels like everywhere i turn, i am learning about another company that is doing good-quality, artisanal work. as my list grew, so did my inspiration to document this expanding community of businesses. i decided to start a project to visit these makers and photograph them in their spaces.
my first installment is leatherworks mn. i had the opportunity to visit their space last week, as they were busy packing up for the american field show in boston. the shop was bustling, and kent, pictured in the 8th photo down, was kind enough to show me some of their most popular products. the capital wallet is a great basic, perfect for your back pocket. i like the smaller 3-pocket card wallet, and business card holder. the loop key fob is my favorite-- (who wouldn't want this simple, attractive piece to adorn their keychain?) --and a popular seller.
i found so much beauty in their shop, from the scraps of leather, to the attention to detail and quality craftsmanship. truly, their heart and soul goes into every item they make. it makes me happy to know that this shop exists in downtown st. paul, and that good work goes on there everyday. it was such a pleasure to meet these folks and experience their work. i look forward to this project developing further in the future, to meeting new artisans and visiting their studios, and creating a collective of minnesota makers.