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Hannah Galvin-Horne  -  Leatherwork 

Hannah creates intricate and elegant leather surfaces in her Cockpit Art studio, London. Her practice explores historic decorative leather techniques, reinventing them in a contemporary context.

Having completed a qualification in Leather Technology from University of Northampton in 2020, and previously a degree in Fine Art Painting, Hannah takes modern materials and processes typically used in a industrial tannery setting and applies them by hand in a studio setting. Drawing upon her background as a painter and printmaker, the ability to develops pigments, dyes and topcoats specifically for leather within her studio opens up unique creative potential within her practice.

Each piece is created from a single hide of the finest quality french calfskin ‘crust’, a term used to describe a tanned but unfinished leather. Marquetry pieces are then meticulously cut by hand, dyed, pigmented and finished before adding 23ct gold leaf hand tooling.

Along with modern finishing methods, inspiration is taken from bookbinding techniques and those used in the production of historic ‘Gilt Leather’ where decorative wall coverings of leather panels moulded into a relief and subsequently painted and gilt.


2019 - 2020

Leather Technology, University of Northampton - Diploma

2015 - 2017

Modern & Traditional Upholstery - Diploma

2002 - 2005

BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, University of Leeds



Arts Council - Developing Your Creative Practice


Leathersellers' / Cockpit Arts Award


Leathersellers' / Cockpit Arts Award


Leathersellers' / Cockpit Arts Award



London Crafts Week - The Future of Craft - Group show


Cockpit Arts - Open Studio


Cockpit Arts - Winter Makers Market

Contact Me

+44 (0) 7769 940 774

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