LCF x Art Against Knives

Art Against Knives work with at-risk young people living in areas of London affected by violent crime, supporting them to gain opportunities to access education, employment and training. This collaboration, between LCF and Art Against Knives, supports young people in making a permanent positive change and works with them to reduce the culture of violent crime in their communities.

This course - originally led by Professor Dai Rees, Course Leader for MA Fashion Artefact and Tracey Kench (Specialist Technician - Accessories at LCF) - and now run by Volker Koch (Leather Accessories Craftsman at Volker Koch and Tutor at LCF) and Tracey engages participants in traditional leather craft skills used within the fashion industry. Each participant works towards creating their own unique leather bag or briefcase. Participants explore the historical and contemporary use of traditional British tanned leather hide and hand tools for the production of bespoke handcrafted products, within a supportive and creative educational environment.

This project has recently received funding from Sir John Cass’ Foundation to deliver a year-long mentoring programme alongside the creative workshops, as well as potential employment opportunities for participants within some of our partner organisations.

This project enabled the participants to explore the historical and contemporary use of traditional British tanned leather hide and hand tools for the production of bespoke handcrafted products, within a supportive and creative educational environment.

When asked what was the most interesting part of the project, one participant commented:

“Sharing ideas with everyone who was there. When you’re with creative, passionate people it is really good to share your ideas. It made me realized that I am not on my own.”

Another answered:

“Everything! All the skills and processes that we learnt were really relevant and I used them all.”

DESIGN+MAKE

The latest programme from the LCF x Art Against Knives project saw young people from areas affected by knife violence creating their own bags with the support of nine-month programme of workshops and mentoring.

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